Saturday, October 17, 2020

New Update: Google Chat is going to be available to everyone from next year

New Update: Google Chat is going to be available to everyone from next year

New Update: Google Chat is going to be available to everyone from next year

It means saying goodbye to Google Hangouts

Google has confirmed that users of its communications software Hangouts will need to migrate to Google Chat next year. The announcement comes but a month after the launch of Google Workspace, the company’s rebranded collection of collaboration and productivity tools that has Gmail, Calendar, Drive, Chat, and Meet.

Now it's been announced that Chat are going to be replacing Hangouts for everybody from next year. Chat is going to be liberal to use for consumers and available within Gmail and also as a standalone app. All of the Hangouts features are going to be preserved, alongside some new Chat additions like suggested replies and emoji reactions.

“Starting within the half of 2021, everyone can begin upgrading from Hangouts to talk,” explained Matthew Leske, Group Product Manager at Google Chat. “To ensure a smooth transition, we'll help automatically migrate your Hangouts conversations, alongside contacts and saved history. We'll share more specific guidance on what steps you'll take once we begin the transition process.”

In the meantime, Google has also announced several changes for particular Hangouts users. Hangouts support is going to be dropped from Google Fi and Google Voice at some point early next year and therefore the call phones feature also will soon be removed to suits new regulations introduced within the EU and US.

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Google is keen that the migration from Hangouts to talk goes as smoothly as possible then will send notifications to admins about any necessary steps that business users will get to take.

Hopefully, the method is going to be less confusing than Google’s overall communications strategy. Alongside Hangouts and Chat, the corporate also has Duo for video calls and has already put Google Allo bent pasture. Here’s hoping that moving everyone to talk results in a more straightforward approach.

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