After two years of gently suggesting that users switch from the classic Gchat UI to the newer Hangouts platform, Google surprised Gmail users around the world this week by automatically switching everyone over.
Did you like how you could set yourself as "away" all the time in the old Gchat, so people didn't bother you when you were working?
The new Gchat always tells your contacts you're free, no matter what! Luckily, the new Hangouts is easy to turn off—at least for now.
Just click the arrow next to your name, and select ' Revert to old chat' from the dropdown. Unfortunately, don't expect to be able to choose between Gchat and Hangouts indefinitely: Google has a history of eventually forcing holdouts to use the company's "new, improved" designs, whether you want to or not.
It's everything about instant message clients we were trying to get away from, except worse. Here's a library of the ugliest ones you've ever seen, designed by Google's resident Fentanyl addict.
Did you like how Gchat's IM windows were small, and kept out of the way so you could concentrate on your email?
Now they're three times as large, and impossible to ignore!And hey, so's your contact list, requiring you to scroll constantly to find the contact you want.In a world of instant message clients that feel like a Tokyo Pop fever dream, Gchat was proudly text-based.Putting functionality first, it co-existed with Gmail without ever trying to overpower it.When you weren't messaging anyone, Gchat lived as text-based list of your contacts by name nested in the lower left corner of your inbox.When you clicked on a name to message someone, you could send them text, and later initiate a video conference, but So for those of us who loved the old Gchat, the new Hangouts pane that replaces it is a fucking nightmare.