It's official: advises applying fire to Hangouts. I couldn't agree more.

This gets a for feature removal (dropping support for federation over ).

Yes, I knew this was a thing, but hadn't been forced to confront it until today.

Apparently existing "buddies" are grandfathered in, but you can't establish new connections unless both of you are using Google for XMPP.

(You can, however, still use Google as an XMPP service provider, e.g. via Pidgin.)

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