If you can’t get enough of the happenings from the Google + social account on your browser, here’s another way to stay connected with your Circles; desktop app. For users, who cannot stay indefinitely logged in to Google services via a web browser, getting notifications and accessing Google + in the background is the next best solution. Abelssoft, a German based Independent Software Vendor (ISV) has created a cool desktop app GClient that helps users who wish to access Google Plus notifications on your Windows PC and without having to visit the site itself. GClient requires users to register with a name and email address, but that’s a one-time simple process.
The GClient interface is a clone of Google+, and provides the familiarity of the Google + environment, just on a smaller mobile UI-type screen, which conveniently runs in the background while you continue working on your PC.
How to Get Google Plus Notifications on your Windows 7 PC
1. Download GClient and install it.
2. In the About window that pops up, enter your email address, first and last name and click Get free unlock code now. In the message box click OK.
3. You will receive an email newsletter with your unlock code. Enter it in the text box in the About window and click Unlock now. Click OK again to close the message box.
4. GClient will now be available in the system tray or notification area. Click the + icon, enter your Google credentials and click Sign in to stay signed in.
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When you login to GClient, you are taken directly to your stream from where you can comment, +1 a post, navigate to your home screen, refresh your stream, check-in your location and perform other Google + tasks.
The Home Screen gives you access to your stream, photos, circles, profile, notifications privacy settings. Clicking a contact’s name takes you to their profiles and photos, and you can check which Circles you’ve added them to.
The prominent absentee features in GClient is the popular Huddles and Hangouts. If you are accustomed to moving a window, as you could do with the Facebook and Chat apps in RockMelt, you will be at a loss. There’s no option to resize the window or move it around. So you are, at least for now, stuck with operating the app from the bottom-right corner of the screen.
That said, GClient does a pretty decent job of keeping you connected with all your Google + happenings from your desktop. One can hope that more features will be added to the app to make it more intuitive and interactive. If you still haven’t checked out GClient, download it here and let us know what you think.
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