Google Talk in Gmail sidebar soon will be replaced with Hangouts. Gmail has started alerting Talk users to switch to Hangouts with a message : ‘Google Talk will be replaced with Hangouts on June 26, 2017’. And the message includes a link to switch to Hangouts. So, eventually, Talk users will be moved to Hangouts. FYI, when Google introduced Hangouts in 2013, the company has given option to users to continue to use Talk.
Hangouts when compared with Google Talk offers advanced improvements such as ‘video calling and integration with other Google products’. Google feels its the time to say bye to old Chat system. “With the introduction of Hangouts Meet and Hangouts Chat, which add further improvements in meetings and team collaboration, it is now time to say goodbye to Google Talk.”
Make Hangouts look like Google Talk
Since you’ve used to Talk interface, Google is offering a tip on how you can make Hangouts look like Google Talk, this is what you need to do for that.
1. After you’ve switched to Hangouts, click on down arrow next to your name,
2. In the popup, scroll down and check, ‘Use dense roster‘ setting under General.