Hangouts Chat has been offering G suite users a platform to share text conversations and documents however aĺl this is being revolutionized by google to serve the needs enterprise teams with the introduction of two new features Hangouts chat and hangouts meet
The two are targeting to deliver focussed team collaboration with:Hangouts Chat exclusively for text conversation and Hangouts meet for video conferencing.
These updates do not disregard the older version therefore the classic hangout app remains readily available for anyone to use.
GOOGLE HANGOUTS CHAT
This is a communication app for enterprise teams where conversations occur in chat rooms.
Features of hangouts chat
Every chat room has threaded conversation-This is crucial as it avoids mixup of different ideas in a single conversation.For instance a lunch discussion is separated from a project discussion.
Intergrated notification management system-You can view all unread messages as they appear since they appear at the bottom of the page.In addition to that there is a special notification manager which stores conversation in a chronological manner therefore if you join a conversation which had commenced earlier you will still find the entire thread.
The entire conversation is keyword searchable-This means you can filter your search by file type or person
It offers total control over notification-You can choose to receive all notifications so that you dont miss a critical discussion
It deeply intergrates with other google tools such as google groups, google drive and bots-This means you can create a new room for members of a google group and when you share a google drive document all members will receive access to the files as it automatically adjust the access settings.Bots like@meet help in scheduling meeting time for team members.
It allows customization-You can build your own functionality with google app script to pull additional data in your conversition
When is the Hangout Chat available?
The updates were first launched in march 2017 however hangouts meet was launched by the end of July.
How do i get the updates
You can apply for Early Adopter program before official launch.After official launch a G suite administrator will need to enable access to the app
Like most enterprise apps it can be enabled for entire organisation or a specific organisational unit.
The Hangout chat is available on web android and iOS platforms
Official integration partners are Zendesk,Zapier,Asana,Smartsheet and Freshdesk.