So long GChat

I’ve been using Google Talk for years now, primarily because it means I don’t have to have chrome running to use the chat plus the install is very lightweight. Along with with having different styles that allow me to just see the messages and hides all avatars of the chatters.

gchatOf course the best functionality was that I could login with the Google account of my choice not be FORCED to use the first one in my google account list as I seem to be with every non webpage embedded version of Hangout I try.


So earlier today when I received the the following message:

gmail: Google Talk app for Windows will stop working on Feb 16 2015. It is replaced by the new Hangouts Chrome app. Install the Hangouts app from

So mid-Feb will see the product that I use nearly everyday retire and the replacement (Hangouts), suffers from the problem I mentioned above in defaulting to the first Google account on the device, plus the only option the app gives around accounts is to logout.

9 thoughts on “So long GChat”

  1. That is really unfortunate… they seem to be completely devoted to GPlus… but I actually liked the concept that they were this lightweight jabber based chat protocol that was independent of a client. Wondering if you can use a web based jabber client to connect into google hangouts? Maybe something like I connect to Gtalk every day via Pidgin desktop client and simply use the jabber protocol to do so.

  2. I’ve been using this for years too, before any Chrome plugin… before Chrome even I think… I like it over all the other chats because it’s light weight, would run on a toaster, and it doesn’t try and be something else (like voice chat). It’s _just_ text chat…. that’s embedded in my email 😉

    Which sucks, now I’ll have find & use something else! I don’t see why it can’t just piggyback off hangouts.

  3. Sad day. I also use Gchat in favor of Hangouts and received this message today. I have tried out the Google Hangouts app and it is terrible. It floats on your desktop which is annoying, I prefer a traditional task bar setup. Sometimes the transparency stops working properly so there is big jagged black outlines around each icon which makes it hideous. It seems to just randomly start on its own without me telling it to startup. It has a confusing way of organizing people you are talking with. All around just a big piece of garbage software that is in dire need of updates and some kind of classic mode so it doesn’t float on the desktop.

  4. Agree with everyone. Gtalk looked pretty and was convenient. Hangout is just… utter… blagh.
    I wish they wouldn’t have to remove gtalk and render it ‘unusable’. I’m fine with how it is now even without additional updates or support.

  5. I’ll be the lone dissenter and say that I vastly prefer Hangouts. Your points against it stand, but those aren’t issues that have effected me. In exchange, I get an all-in-one IM, text, phone calling, and video calling app that works perfectly across my two platforms and two devices.

    Gchat had its place and I am always sad to see something go, but Hangouts has long been my preference.

  6. Hangouts don’t work for me at all. It’s great that users like CT Murphy find it useable, but why disable Google Talk for the rest of us, who don’t find Google Hangouts useable at all? I love having a separate client that doesn’t require a browser open, and receiving notifications of new emails.

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