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Starting sometime in the next few weeks, Google Hangouts will just work in Chrome. Other Hangout-compatible browsers like Internet Explorer and Firefox will still need the plugin — but Chrome will now have Hangouts support baked right in. Between the transition to HTML5, new cross-browser protocols, and even platforms like Unity trying to go plugin free, it’s going to be hard to convince users to install plugins moving forward. If you’re on Chrome Canary or another developer build of Chrome, the update is available now.



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