Home / Tag Archives: hangouts

Tag Archives: hangouts

Google starts migrating all G Suite users from Hangouts to Meet

Google today announced that starting now, it is moving all of its G Suite users who follow its recommended schedule from its Hangouts video chat service to Hangouts Meet , the more enterprise-ready version of Hangouts. The move will likely take about a month or so. This means all newly created Calendar invites will now link to Meet video meetings, though Google stresses that all previously created meetings won’t be affected by this. For the time being, admins can still opt out of this transition and some may want to do so, simply because Meet doesn’t support Internet Explorer and Safari right now, for example (support for Firefox launched last week). But starting in the second half of 2018, Google expects that Meet will have full parity with Hangouts, including support for these browsers, and, at that time, Meet will become the default for these stragglers, too. Google’s overall messaging strategy remains as confusing as always. The original plan was to position Allo and Duo as its consumer text and video chat apps while Meet and the more Slack-like Hangouts Chat played to its enterprise users. Allo was a total failure, however, and its preferred messaging app now seems to be Chat, which will offer support for the new RCS standard and give Android users a more iMessage-like experience — or at least that’s what Google hopes. But to complicate matters, Hangouts is also still around in the consumer sphere and has generally done quite well. As for Duo, I don’t know anybody who uses it, but it’s hanging in there. At least if you’re a business user, though, the story is pretty simple: Meet is your new video chat service and Hangouts Chat is Google’s chat service for you. And then when you get home, you can just use iMessage or Facebook Messenger or WhatsApp or WeChat or Viber or Signal or Telegram or, if you insist, Hangouts. Google goes after Slack and splits Hangouts into Chat and Meet

Read More »

To one-up Slack, Google invites workers to hangout, chat in “Hangouts Chat”

Enlarge / Google Hangouts Chat running on a laptop. (credit: Google) Slack, Stride, HipChat—workplace chat apps that integrate with various project management and collaboration services are all the rage. It's surprising, then, that Google hasn't jumped on board yet. Workers are using Google Hangouts in offices all over the world, but the company doesn't offer the kinds of features that Slack does. Now, Google has launched Hangouts Chat , its Slack competitor—sorry, "messaging platform built for teams." It's part of the G Suite at every pricing tier, though the features vary by plan. Announced last year , Hangouts Chat looks and behaves just like regular Hangouts, but it has several enterprise features. It integrates more deeply with various other productivity products in the G Suite-like Google Drive, but it also offers some features and integrations for popular third-party services like Salesforce and Trello, just like Slack does. Google says you can "schedule meetings, create tasks, or get updates from your team right within Chat." Google also promises that the service works without any plugins, and that includes the expanded Hangouts feature, Hangouts Meet, which went live a while ago. Hangouts Meet has a leg up over regular Hangouts in the form of tighter integration with Google Calendar and automatic inclusion of old-fashioned conference line call-in numbers. Below are images from the initial announcement of the service.

Read More »

Google Confirms Hangouts Will Lose SMS Integration – Ubergizmo

Ubergizmo Google Confirms Hangouts Will Lose SMS Integration Ubergizmo Earlier it was reported that Google had started sending out emails to users informing them that SMS integration with Hangouts would be coming to an end. For those who are wondering how official this announcement is, Google has since confirmed on their ... G Suite Update Alerts: Updates in G Suite to streamline Hangouts and Gmail G Suite Update Alerts Just got an update email from Google: no more carrier texting from Hangouts : Android - Reddit Reddit all 112 news articles »

Read More »

Google kills Talk so Hangouts may live

Google has a frankly absurd ecosystem of chat, messaging and texting apps. In theory, the company would like enterprise users to get on board with Hangouts while directing people to Allo for their day-to-day personal chats and texts. In practice, how...

Read More »