Google Voice users can now place phone calls via Hangouts right from the Voice website, no Google+ account required.
Google Voice is a popular forwarding service that gives a user a single number they can forward calls to all of their phones. One number for home, work and cell phones.
Voice also offers competitive international calling and free local and long-distance calling with the United States.
Users can now select Hangouts as the phone to call in on the Google Voice website.
Ounce the call is initiated a Hangouts window appears and asks the user to confirm they would like to make the call.
If the call is to number outside the United States it also gives the rate for the region if applicable.
Users are no longer required to be using Hangouts in Gmail or Google+ to take advantage of Google Voice calling from a computer.
According to Google employee, Alex Wiesen, the feature should make it easier for users to make phone calls from the web.
Prior to the release of Hangouts last year, users could easily place calls from their Gmail account using Google Talk.
After the update to Hangouts, users could no longer could place calls using their Google Voice number. The functionality had disappeared. It was later added again, this time requiring users to launch a new video chat from Google+ first.
The update is already visible on the Google Voice website ready for some free calls.
Source: Alex Wiesen – Google+