Google's video call service "Google Hangouts" has recently been made available as a web version independent of the Google pages. So you don't have to search for it in Google+ and Gmail anymore, but can open the Hangouts website directly and independently in your browser.
Google Hangouts as standalone app
In our recently published article Creating an App Shortcut we explain how you can launch the Hangouts website with the look and feel of a Windows desktop app.
By the way, with this tip you can create a desktop app from any website.
You can find the Google Hangouts page at the URL http://hangouts.google.com
This time Google has made sure that all core functions of the hangouts can still be used in the web version. It remains exciting to see what further adjustments Google, now part of the Internet company Alphabet, will make to its products.