Google Talk was replaced by Hangouts back in 2013. Before then it was the most used chatting client over PC. Google has decided to call time on its dedicated and popular Google Chat service ‘Google Talk’ after years of service. But this isn’t really that big a surprise since the end of Google Talk was long time coming.
The decision to scrap Google Talk was confirmed by Mayur Kamat, Product Manager for Google Voice and Hangouts, who announced on Google+ that starting 23 February this year, the Google Talk app for Windows will cease to exist. Accordingly, existing users will have to migrate over to Hangouts for the latest communication features.
The company had been alerting users that the Google Talk app for Windows will stop working on February 16, 2014. Google is now urging users to instead use its Hangouts Chrome app. On the other hand the company has also decided to terminate its other service namely Google Helpouts.