Ok, many of us figured this was coming and today it's a reality! You can initiate a Google Hangout right from your Gmail inbox. In this video here, the folks at Google show you exactly how to initiate the hangout from the Gmail chat window right in your inbox.
According to Google's gmail blog, you will not only be able to reach the people you want to chat with when using the Gmail from your desktop, but if the person on the other end is on Google+ via their mobile device on Android and iOS they will also be available for chat. A bonus is that if you and the other person both use Google+, you will be able to take advantage of some of the other hangout features like inviting up to 8 other people into the hangout with you and your guest (10 total).
The Gmail blog says that the feature was launched today and will be rolling out to all users in the coming weeks.
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