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Google makes it easy to video or audio chat from within the Gmail interface on your desktop or laptop computer.
Previously, these features required special plug-ins to be installed, but now you can start a video or audio chat directly from your Gmail account.
As of July 2015, a product called Google Hangouts became the default application that allows you to chat using video and audio through Gmail.
On a desktop or laptop, you can access Google Hangouts directly from the side panel in Gmail.