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Google brings Hangouts to Outlook, but has no love for Mac users

Plugin requires Windows 7 or Windows 8
Mon May 19 2014, 11:03

Hangouts for OutlookGOOGLE HAS LAUNCHED a Hangouts plugin for users of Microsoft Outlook email, but has said Macbook owners won't be able to use it.

"Today we're launching a Google Hangouts plugin for Microsoft Outlook. Now you'll be able to start, join or schedule a Hangout directly from Outlook Mail and Calendar," Google said in a blog post this weekend.

Once installed, the plugin allows Outlook users to join video calls or Hangouts directly from their Mail or Calendar applications, as long as Google Apps is open in the background. However, for the plugin to work, a business must have a Google Apps for Business, Education or Government account.

However, Google has said that non-Google Apps customers can use the plugin with Chromebox for meetings.

"If you're deploying Chromebox for meetings, now you don't have to stop using Microsoft Outlook to schedule Hangout video calls," Google explained.

"You can schedule video calls in Outlook and join from Chromebox for meetings devices by entering the video call name in the text box. You will not be able to join video calls using your browser without a Google Apps account."

However, Google said in its FAQ that the app won't work for users of Microsoft Outlook for Mac, with the plugin instead requiring Windows 7 or Windows 8 - bad news for those clinging onto Windows XP or Vista - and Microsoft Outlook 2007, 2010 or 2013.

To install the Hangouts for Outlook plugin, you'll first need administrator rights on the Windows PC that you are using, and then it can be downloaded via this link. Once installed, users will see a two new icons in Outlook, for scheduled and unscheduled video calls. µ


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