Google will be retiring the Google Talk Windows client that is still used by some and is recommending users either use the Gmail web client or a third-party app. Google prefers users switch/upgrade to Hangouts instead. The Google Talk client was certainly handy in situations where you have a company account with Google Apps that runs on your browser but prefer to use your Gmail account for IMs.
The following is an email sent by Google to Google Apps administrators:
|Dear Google Apps administrator,Next year, we will retire the Windows client for Google Talk. Users can continue to use Google Talk through Gmail on the web or through third-party clients.Many users are switching to Google+ Hangouts chat, which offers better support for multiple devices, group conversations, and rich content such as images and locations. Information about enabling the new Hangouts chat is available in the support documentation.
When will this be announced to users?
Users of the Google Talk client for Windows will start seeing notifications within the application in January, 2014.
How long will Google Talk users be able to access the Google Talk client for Windows?
Connections from the Google Talk client to Google Talk will continue to operate for the first two months of 2014. Users may continue to see the deprecation warning in the client during this time. After this period has elapsed the client will be unable to connect to the Google Talk service.
Can I prevent the deprecation warnings from being shown to my users?
It is not possible to prevent users of the Windows client from receiving the deprecation notification in the application.
How can users continue to access Google Talk outside of Gmail?
Users can continue to use Google Talk through Gmail on the web or through third-party clients. If users upgrade to the Google+ Hangouts chat service, they can use the Hangouts Google Chrome extension to chat from the desktop.
How can the new Google+ Hangouts chat be enabled for Apps users?
Administrators can enable the new Hangouts so that users may choose to use this service instead of Google Talk. More information is available in the support documentation.
The Google Apps Team