I’m using Google Talk from within Google Mail and Google+. However, I actually don’t want to have the parent site (Google Mail or Google+) open all the time while chatting, I just want the pop-out window with the chat.

Is there a way to achieve this?

I realise that this is technically challenging but maybe there’s a “standalone” Google Talk client (outside the one for Windows, since I’m on OS X) or browser extension?

  • More than five years later, there still isn’t an acceptable solution to this problem: all existing “desktop” clients are terrible. Sep 12, 2017 at 8:56

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If you are using the Chrome web browser, Google released a free add-on for the browser that will open chat windows without requiring an application download.

Chat for Google - Chrome Web Store

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