Hangouts in Gmail finally floats online friends to the top

Those of us who've been frustrated that Hangouts in Gmail has been displaying conversations in chronological order rather than who's online are about to get some relief. Rolling out over the next few days, a new tab in the Hangouts window will allow you to toggle your contacts list there, so you can easily see who's available at the top of the group. What's more, you'll also be able to pin your favorites above the rest -- whether they're online or not. Of course, you'll need to click the "Try the new Hangouts" option in the setting pane in order to leverage the conversation method, if you haven't already done so.