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A new feature just dropped for Hangouts with extras. You can now make phone calls from inside a hangout. We're starting with calls to the United States and Canada, free of charge. More from +Jarkko Oikarinen below.
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A new extra for Hangouts with extras: make phone calls from inside a hangout

We are constantly listening to feedback so that we can make Hangouts even better for Google+ users, and we're excited by the really cool ways people are using the product. Today we’re making it possible to make phone calls from inside a hangout, so you can dial people into the room from wherever they’re at. (Helpful for party lines and conference calls alike.)

This new feature is initially available inside Hangouts with extras (plus.google.com/hangouts/extras), and we currently support calls to the US and Canada (for free, in fact). The steps for adding a telephone participant are straightforward:

1. Click Invite at the top of the hangouts with extras window
2. Click the Phone tab on the left of the window, and enter the phone number you wish to call.
3. Click Call now.

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Sounds nice but I cannot get my Microsoft LifeCam Show to work with the Hangouts.... even sent feedback....... I even upgraded the drivers to see if it would work............... Nothing.......... But back on track.

This will work great for those in business.
 
YES! that is all i can say. :)
 
I agree with you +Ashley Moat I have posted a few times about the need for G+ to change it´s image from US to global. Restricting features or rolling them out first in the US will lead to less success worldwide. Facebook does many things wrong, but here Google is constantly failing.
It started with the beta where the first invites where almost all US based which led to rapidly growing circles about these users, which in turn attracted more Americans as they felt comfortable and could associate with these most followed and Google recommended people.
The net result is that the main activity is still around US working times and people from other areas adjust to their times of posting etc.


I have posted about the distribution of users (several posts showing that f.i. European users are a relatively small group on G+ while Europe has a lot more inhabitants than the US.
Posted about the differences in cultural values which became most clear in the debate over art and nudity to which I contributed a few long debates and the issue at hand: the US-only roll outs of G+ features. I have once tackled all the issues in a sort of summary with links to the original posts here
Is there a cultural bias on G+ by Google ignoring non English speakers or non Americans?
https://plus.google.com/112352920206354603958/posts/Lh54K5SeGUZ has all the relevant links.

It doesn´t make a difference it seems and it´s a shame as a US centric G+ which is only followed by people from other areas will not make G+ the success it should be. If you would miss out on all the Europeans for instance than you lose an enormous potential of people who are not used to being permanently in second place and are proud enough not to wait for their turn and adjust their posting behaviour and content to a US centric G+.

Google should rethink it´s strategy as they are too happy that so many people from all over the world have joined G+ while missing out on the key: that these people don´t find themselves at home so will lose interest over time. It would be a shame if it happened, but I don´t think G+ even has a ´international community´ manager or the equivalent who watches these developments from a non US point of view. If you want to catch +Natalie Villalobos or +Louis Gray´s attention you will have to wait until their business hours to expect a response.

It just seemed to have been completely overlooked from the outset and enough people from outside the US are happy enough to go with G+ anyway so it goes unnoticed, but will harm growth enormously.
 
Why post an external link to the same information as can be found in this post and +1 it yourself +Jaimin Rajani?
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