Google introduced in March 2017 that it might break up Hangouts, its cross-platform messaging provider, into two core apps — Hangouts Chat, a Slack-like device for groups, and Hangouts Meet, a Skype-like videoconferencing utility — and that each venture G Suite customers and shoppers could be migrated from vintage Hangouts someday this yr. Nowadays, it published a timeline.
Beginning April 16, Chat will grow to be to be had on the net for G Suite domain names that experience vintage Hangouts enabled, but it surely gained’t change Hangouts simply but. Between April and September 2018, a number of Hangouts options will come to Chat, forward of the previous’s shutdown in October.
On April 16, mail retention regulations and holds in Google Vault will prevent protective messages in vintage Hangouts, Google says, and can get started protective chat messages in each vintage Hangouts and Chat. Admins, in the meantime, will see new settings that regulate chat options in Hangouts and Chat, along with a brand new surroundings within the Admin console below Apps > G Suite > Hangouts Chat that’ll let them disable Hangouts person interfaces at any time.
Between April and September, Google says that Chat will combine with Gmail and achieve the facility to switch messages with exterior customers. Moreover, it’ll get an “progressed video calling revel in,” plus voice calls powered via Google Voice.
As for non-enterprise customers, Google says they may be able to be expecting to look a loose model of Chat and Meet following the G Suite transition. The Mountain View corporate declined to element the ones “loose” tiers as of late, however ultimate yr, it advised The Verge that Chat and Meet will practice a “freemium” fashion, with as-yet unspecified options locked in the back of a subscription paywall.
Coinciding with the scoop, Google as of late rolled out two new options within the Admin console designed to “assist G Suite admins higher perceive and set up … utilization” of Hangouts Meet inside of their organizations. The Meet high quality device supplies get right of entry to to assembly knowledge in domain names, and Hangouts Meet job logs — discovered below Experiences > Audit > Hangouts Meet — display each high-level and detailed perspectives on utilization.
The bulletins come after Google stated it might close down Allo, the messaging provider it introduced in September 2016 in an try to construct a contemporary messaging app from scratch. (Google “paused” paintings on Allo in April.)