Google Talk was the official video-chat service for Gmail users for quite some time, but since Google+ and its 10-person Hangouts now dominate the former’s feature-set the latest out of the Google camp is nothing surprising.
Google Talk’s video chat service, which allows members to chat one-on-one with their friends and family, will now be replaced by Hangouts in Gmail.
No longer will users be confined to talking to just one soul at a time, though that option is obviously still available if you so choose. You’ll also be able to take advantage of the unique sharing features such as watching embedded YouTube videos anyone posts into the chat.
Gmail users will need to sign up for a Google+ account to do more than the one-on-one bit, but that should be no issue considering your current Gmail account will also act as your illustrious new Google+ account.
The service is available today for those with personal Google accounts while those on a Google Apps account will begin to see it in the coming weeks. What’s next? YouTube? (That would be an AWESOME combination especially if Google allowed the ability to record Hangouts.) Head on over to Google’s blog for the full details.