Google hangouts is the one of the best chat clients for all users who have a Google mail (Gmail) account. This app was previously known as Google Talk but was not quite familiar. Developers at Google refurbished the whole messaging app and renamed it Google Hangouts. To make it more successful and popular, Authorities at Google decided to make it a compulsory app for all the Android device running Android 4.0+.
The best news is that now this app is available for download on PC running Windows XP, 7, 8 or Windows 8.1. You can download the app as a chrome extension which is available at the Chrome store and install it on your Chrome OS or Chrome Browser. This is regarded as the simplest and fastest way to use Google Hangouts on your PC running Windows or even on your Mac running OS X. The brief introduction of the Google Hangouts chrome extension given on the official Google Blog is here.
Keep the conversation going, without taking over your desktop. The app has a streamlined design that keeps your chats accessible without getting in the way of everything else. Your contact list and all your chats are condensed into one easy to toggle window. Also, you’ll get integrated notifications that alert you to new messages, so you can quickly find the conversation you’re looking for.
More app, less Chrome. It works outside of your browser so your chats are always available, not tucked away inside a window. You’ll get all your messages as long as you have the app running, and your chats will sync across Hangouts on all your devices.
Voice calling from your desktop. The app now has all the video and voice features you’re used to in Hangouts. We recently announced you can make phone calls to any number in the world (via Hangouts dialer) and now you can do this right from your desktop. If you use Google Voice, the app includes complete Google Voice support, so you can make and receive calls, and get your voicemails and SMS messages directly in Hangouts.
To download the Extension and installation you should follow these steps.
1- Go to Google Chrome Store by opening the Google Chrome Browser.
2- Search for the Hangouts or simply click on this link. [ Google Hangouts Chrome Extension]
3- Click on +Free icon and it will automatically start downloading and then you can install the app.
4- If you are logged in at your Chrome browser, the Hangouts will automatically sign you in, If not you can manually sign in by giving the email and password of your Gmail account.
That’s It, after sign in you can start chatting with your family and friends from your PC using the Google Hangouts new option. Now you can enjoy Google Hangouts on your PC running Windows XP, 7, 8 and 8.1.