Hooray! Google is finally bringing back the capability to make calls from desktop Gmail.
When Google announced the new Hangouts in May this year, many complained that they no longer were able to make phone calls from Gmail on the desktop. Apparently Google has heard the cries and moans of its users. Today, via its Gmail blog, Google announced that it is bringing back the feature.
Google is also assuring that the comeback is better than ever. Google says that calls to the U.S. and Canada are now free from all countries where Hangouts calling are available. The international rates, however, remain the same.
Better also means that the desktop calling experience now lets users add multiple phone numbers and video participants to the same call. There's even a Google Effects app which plays sound effects, of course if this is your thing. Making a call from your desktop is easy. Simply look for the phone icon in Gmail and you are good to go.
Lastly, Google emphasized that Hangouts is now the future of Google Voice. "Making and receiving calls is just the beginning. So stay tuned for future updates," the company added.