Google Hangouts users can now chat and make calls from their desktops without opening their browser
The company rolled out a new desktop app for Chrome OS and Windows users Thursday and announced new social polling features for Google+.
The desktop app allows chats and calls to run independently of a web browser, and chats and notifications will automatically be synced between the desktop and mobile app.
“The app has a streamlined design that keeps your chats accessible without getting in the way of everything else,” Google wrote in a blog post. “Your contact list and all your chats are condensed into one easy to toggle window.”