Google Hangouts is an instant messaging and video/audio call service bundled with Google+ on the CGXchange Google Apps. The service allows you to communicate face-to-face with others in online meeting rooms called Hangouts - without complicated audio and video setup. With Hangouts, you can:
Hangouts integrates Google Plus video Hangouts, Google Plus Messenger and some of the key features of Google Talk. If you already had Google Talk installed on your computer and were using it through CGXchange, you can still continue to use this application for chat until, of course, Google decides to stop supporting it.
All CGIAR staff with active cgiar.org email accounts have a Google account on cgxchange.org.
Before organizing a Hangout, make sure you have:
Not there yet? Sign in to cgxchange.org and activate a full Google+ profile: at the right of the navigation bar, click on the Apps symbol and then on the G+ icon. Follow the instructions on-screen:
All the participants you wish to invite to a Hangout are required to have a Google account and a Google+ profile.
Hangouts is free and works in your browser from your Google+ profile page. Alternatively, you can install the Google Chrome browser and the Hangouts extension. Google has not replaced the old Google Talk client with an application for your computer. Please contact your local Helpdesk if you need support installing the Google Chrome browser and the Hangouts extension and checking the system requirements.
There are mobile applications available for iOS and Android that you can install on your mobile devices from the respective apps stores.
Make sure you have microphone and speakers (or a headset) available; a webcam is needed for video calls, but you can still participate with audio only.Google+ profile page, click the + button at the top of your Hangouts list; type a name or a full CGXchange email address (e.g. email@example.com). Click on Add when you find the person.
Check out the extended tutorial how to organize and run Web conferences with Google Hangouts on CGXchange.org
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