Google Hangouts upgrade removes ability to host Google Voice calls on your computer

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Google new Hangouts messaging service is quite impressive — it takes Google’s old and neglected Talk service and upgrades it with always-on communication, support for images, video calling, and much more. But for all of the improved service that Hangouts offers, if you upgrade the Google Talk service within Gmail to Hangouts (by selecting the “Try the new Hangouts” option in Talk’s menu), you lose some significant features — namely the ability to set your availability status and, more importantly, the ability to place or receive Google Voice calls from within Gmail. Essentially, the new Hangouts removes the option to host a Google Voice call on your computer, something that many users find convenient and necessary in their day to day…

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