Google has announced today that it will be replacing Video Chat in Gmail with Google+ hangouts. With Hangouts, Gmail users will get a number of new features such as the ability to chat with up to 9 users simultaneously and collaboration on Google documents, sharing of screens during the hangout. The only condition is here is that the users who want to use the new features need to have a Google+ account. The service has begun its rollout today and will be activated on all Gmail accounts in the coming weeks. Once it is activated for your account wou would need to download the plugin. Some wordplay and a short video after the break.
Hangouts have been the killer feature of Google+, which attracted many people to the Social Network in the first place. But to those who just used Google+ for hangouts, well this is just another reason not to use the social network at all. On the other hand forcing users to create a Google+ account to get new video chat features, that’s always a plus point. Only time will tell how Gmail users react to the new inclusion.
Source: Official Gmail Blog