Google's Hangouts for Chrome app offers easier desktop chatting

Fancy using Hangouts for your desktop convos? Well, Google has a new option for you: the Hangouts Chrome app. The "simpler faster" way to leverage the chatting tool offers a condensed list of contacts and conversations in a single window with alerts that allow you to quickly get to the proper thread. It's tucked neatly on the side and separate from the Chrome browser, so the option is always available. And as long as the app is running, messages will sync across your gadget arsenal. There's video and voice calling too, as well as Google Voice support to handle all of your messaging needs in one spot. The new app is available today for Chrome OS and Windows machines via the Chrome Web Store.