Google Mail is used by a lot of people every day and Gtalk is one of the most frequently used chat clients. I use Gtalk all the time to keep in touch with my Gmail friends and contacts. It’s pretty simple, the audio clarity is okay and so is the video chat. It’s fast too and comes free with Gmail, so you don’t have to install anything to use it. However, the chat is only available in Gmail tab and Google+, meaning you cannot access it from any other tab and will have to switch back to the Gmail tab to reply to your conversation.
Gtalklet is a really super useful Google Chrome extension that lets you use the Gtalk chat on any tab, any webpage in Chrome browser. It’s really simple to setup and works really well too.
With this installed, the need to switch tabs every time you need to reply to a friend or client is a thing of past. I’ve tried this extension and it works really well. After you’ve installed the extension, you’ll need to head over to the Extension Settings and then add your Gmail username and password so that it connects to Gtalk.
Unfortunately, Google Apps account can’t be used with this extension. So only regular, non-business Gtalk users can enjoy this at the moment. Once you’ve set it up, you’ll need to refresh your page to see two new buttons on either the right side bottom or left side.
Click on the Circle button to set your status to Available, Busy or Idle or even go Invisible. To start a chat click on the + button and type a contacts email or name. You can directly sign-out from here too. To disable Gtalklet click on the Chat icon on the address bar, if it’s grey it’s offline and blue means online.
Download Gtalklet from the Chrome Web Store for free and try it out.