Google To Shut Down Hangouts In November,Tells Users To Shift To Chat


Users of the Chrome extension for Hangouts will be asked to switch to Chat on the web or download the Chat web app.Users using Hangouts in Gmail on the web will be upgraded to Chat in Gmail starting in July.

The search engine giant Google said that it is now beginning the process of transitioning free, personalHangouts users to Chat after discontinuing Google Hangouts for Workspace users in February.People who are still using the Hangouts mobile app will receive a suggestion to switch to Chat, according to a blog post the company made.

Additionally, Google Chat has Spaces, an area designated for cooperation on specific topics.Teams and groups can collaborate on documents, manage projects and files from one central spot, and share ideas.Additionally, using Chat with your Gmail inbox, Spaces, and Meet is made simpler by Gmail’s new integrated view.

Switching to Chat also makes expressing yourself more enjoyable, whether you’re sending a GIF, utilising emoticons with skin-tone options, adding emphasis to your discussions with rich text editing or @mentions to let someone in the group know you’ve noticed them.Now everyone may contribute in the ideal way, the company said in a statement.

Mobile users of Hangouts will see an in-app screen urging them to switch to the Chat app or Chat in Gmail.A similar request will be made to users of the Hangouts Chrome extension to switch to Chat on the web or download the Chat web app.Users using Hangouts in Gmail on the web will be upgraded to Chat in Gmail starting in July.

“Although we strongly advise switching to Chat, Hangouts on the Web will still be accessible until later this year.Before Hangouts on the Web starts diverting to Chat on the Web, users will see an in-product warning”, the company said.

For the majority of users, discussions are seamlessly transferred from Hangouts to Chat, making it simple to continue where you left off.To download their data using Google Takeout before Hangouts is discontinued in November 2022, the company invited users who wanted to save a copy of their Hangouts data to do so.

In Google Workspace, Google Chat provides a cutting-edge, integrated experience.In the upcoming months, you’ll see even more capabilities added to Chat, including direct calling, in-line threading in Spaces, and the capacity to exchange and view multiple photos.

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