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Google Plus Client for Windows - GClient 2012

By Codrut Nistor

Posted in Software

I don't know about you but I would rather use small programs to connect to various online services instead of opening a lot of tabs in my Web browser. While some may say this is just a thing of mine it's not - in most cases browsers crash more often than small programs like Pidgin or one of those many Twitter/Facebook clients so today I decided to take a closer look at the first Google+ client for Windows I discovered so far - ladies and gentlemen get ready for the future - GClient 2012 is here! ;)

I know it may sound strange but today I'll tell you about a program that refuses to work on my system but since I've had a lot of problems lately I'll suppose it's only my old Windows XP's fault and not GClient's. These being said here you have some of that official mumbo-jumbo: "Our free application GClient integrates into the windows tray. Clicking on it will display a handy window showing your latest Google+ activities. This window allows you to post messages and to follow the activity of your circles. GClient allows you to perform all major tasks of Google+ without having to visit the website." Got it? Good...

... because this is almost everything you'll get from me today except some additional info regarding the first steps you'll have to take after downloading the setup package (10.3 MB in size by the way...). To run GClient properly you need .NET Framework 4.0 - a 48 MB download in case you didn't install it already. Once you get that done it's not over - GClient may be free but it requires a registration code that can be freely obtained from Abelssoft its producer - probably just a polite way of grabbing your email address - if they or various third parties use it to spam you that's what remains to be seen...

... but the conclusion is that at least as long as there's no competition around GClient is a piece of code worth checking out. In case nobody invited you to Google+ yet don't worry - just drop a comment and ask for an invite I have plenty to give away! ;)