Since we launched Google Talk in 2005, a lot has changed! The way we keep in touch with friends, family and colleagues has evolved tremendously. Today, group conversations, sharing your day with stickers or emojis and messaging across multiple devices have become second nature to many of us. 

For some time now, our team has shared that we plan to focus our efforts on Hangouts. The Google Talk app for Windows will be deprecated on February 23, 2015. This will allow us to focus on bringing you the most robust and expressive communications experience with Google Hangouts.

Today, Hangouts connects millions of people around the world. Hangouts will let you chat with all your Google contacts, while still supporting your favorite features -- text chat, presence, contact lists and status messages. In addition, you can have group video chats, make phone calls, use emojis and keep your conversations going across Android (http://goo.gl/YGWynt), iOS(http://goo.gl/HzhP2I), and desktop

If messaging right from your PC desktop is important to you, the Hangouts Chrome app (http://goo.gl/oPnnlg) or Gmail on desktop can help you reach your friends while you're at your desk. If you’re not ready to make the switch to Hangouts quite yet, you can continue using Google Talk on Windows with a range of compatible third-party chat apps (http://goo.gl/FSbCX5). Please keep in mind these aren’t Google products, so exercise caution when signing in with your Google account.

For those loyal Google Talk users, we thank you for your support and we hope you give us the opportunity to provide an even better communications experience with Google Hangouts.
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