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#1 kampioen

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Posted 02 August 2013 - 12:22

Logged in to Gmail just now to find my Chat is no longer available, replaced with an "ad / banner" telling me to get google+ and hangouts.

 

Google is being evil.

 

 

Join Google+ and get Hangouts!
 
Group video calls
Enjoy video calls with up to 10 people at once.
 
Photos
Send pictures to everyone in the Hangout.
 
Circles
Start and join Hangouts with just the right people.

 




#2 +DonC

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Posted 02 August 2013 - 12:39

Just looking after the bottom line.



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Posted 02 August 2013 - 12:41

gMail chat is still there for me.



#4 Max Norris

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Posted 02 August 2013 - 12:46

gMail chat is still there for me.

Same, rarely use GMail but still got the chat box in the corner. Maybe it's a regional thing.. but eh companies consolidate their services all the time, especially when one gets superseded by another.

#5 +techbeck

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Posted 02 August 2013 - 12:50

Chat is there for me. You can upgrade Chat to Hangouts by clicking on your photo icon in Gmail's chat list.

#6 OP kampioen

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Posted 02 August 2013 - 12:53

I no longer have chat at all, it really is just a banner.

 

Companies indeed consolidate services BUT... turning my e-mail client into a social platform is not consolidation, it's bullying.. Inflation of Google+ user numbers. EVIL.

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#7 fusi0n

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Posted 02 August 2013 - 12:55

Google is really starting to push me away from their services.. I like GChat.. Stop for forcing me to use ###### I don't want too. 



#8 jmc777

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Posted 02 August 2013 - 12:57

Click "Join Google+", and on the page that pops up choose "Cancel", and Hangouts will be back again. Looks like you have to do it every time you sign-in.



#9 OP kampioen

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Posted 02 August 2013 - 12:58

Yeah I just did that, hangouts shows up after you press cancel, then you can revert back to chat.. but seems like its a matter of time before they cancel it completely.



#10 trag3dy

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Posted 02 August 2013 - 13:06

That's disappointing to hear. I don't want anything to do with Google+ or hangouts or whatever else. They are doing the same **** with youtube forcing the stupid pop ups to integrate your youtube account with google+ and using your real name.

 

If I wanted to use google+ I would have signed up for it years ago.



#11 Geoffrey B.

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Posted 02 August 2013 - 13:07

hangouts has been there since the new hangouts launched if you had used the standard hangouts page, it upgraded it to all of your google products.



#12 +techbeck

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Posted 02 August 2013 - 13:08

Complaining about this is useless. No one is forcing anyone to use G+, Hangouts, or GMAIL for that matter.

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Posted 02 August 2013 - 13:12

Didn't this happen ages ago? I mean, i've had Hangouts there instead of chat for ageeees.



#14 +techbeck

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Posted 02 August 2013 - 13:15

That's disappointing to hear. I don't want anything to do with Google+ or hangouts or whatever else. They are doing the same **** with youtube forcing the stupid pop ups to integrate your youtube account with google+ and using your real name.


There are a ton of sites prompting you to sign in using your Facebook account and to join if you dont have FB. This is nothing new than what others are currently doing. Dont want to integrate Youtube with G+, you dont have to. not like Google is saying that if you dont have a G+ account, you cannot watch youtube videos.

#15 ichi

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Posted 02 August 2013 - 13:18

turning my e-mail client into a social platform is not consolidation, it's bullying.. Inflation of Google+ user numbers. EVIL.

 

Your e-mail client is still an email client, what's integrated into a social platform is your chat client (which on the other hand you can still use from gmail or as a chrome extension, without ever going through google+).

 

Microsoft actually had their email client bound to a social platform (it was the first thing you got when you signed in, you had to click on mail to get to the inbox), it just so happened that virtually no one really used it.