Google in the present day announced that beginning now, it’s shifting all of its G Suite customers who comply with its advisable schedule from its Hangouts video chat service to Hangouts Meet, the extra enterprise-ready model of Hangouts. The transfer will seemingly take a few month or so.
This implies all newly created Calendar invitations will now hyperlink to Meet video conferences, although Google stresses that every one beforehand created conferences received’t be affected by this.
In the meanwhile, admins can nonetheless decide out of this transition and a few could need to accomplish that, just because Meet doesn’t help Web Explorer and Safari proper now, for instance (help for Firefox launched final week). However beginning within the second half of 2018, Google expects that Meet may have full parity with Hangouts, together with help for these browsers, and, at the moment, Meet will turn out to be the default for these stragglers, too.
Google’s general messaging technique stays as complicated as at all times. The unique plan was to place Allo and Duo as its client textual content and video chat apps whereas Meet and the extra Slack-like Hangouts Chat performed to its enterprise customers.
Allo was a complete failure, nonetheless, and its preferred messaging app now appears to be Chat, which is able to supply help for the brand new RCS commonplace and provides Android customers a extra iMessage-like expertise — or at the very least that’s what Google hopes. However to complicate issues, Hangouts can be nonetheless round within the client sphere and has usually finished fairly properly. As for Duo, I don’t know anyone who makes use of it, nevertheless it’s hanging in there.
No less than in the event you’re a enterprise person, although, the story is fairly easy: Meet is your new video chat service and Hangouts Chat is Google’s chat service for you. After which if you get residence, you’ll be able to simply use iMessage or Fb Messenger or WhatsApp or WeChat or Viber or Sign or Telegram or, in the event you insist, Hangouts.