Tech giant rolls out Google Hangouts Chat for businesses

Tech giant rolls out Google Hangouts Chat for businesses”

The new application available on the desktop for Windows and MacOS, as well as iOS and Android. Every room has a member capacity of 8000 people and the chat is available in 28 different languages. With team chat rooms and threaded conversations, powerful search functionality, and intelligent bots that connect workflows and speed up tasks (even with 3rd party apps), the manager can work on projects from one spot-like opening a new store location or launching an advertising campaign. So if you're a G Suite user, you should expect to expect to see the app roll out in the next few days. As one of the inaugural partners of the Hangouts Chat launch, this integration brings RingCentral's enterprise-grade calling and video meetings capabilities to the Chat platform so users can effectively communicate and collaborate. While Meet was made available shortly thereafter, the Chat service was invite-only preview then.

Starting from the second half of this year, users will be able to create, open, and edit Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides files that live in Dropbox from directly within those cloud apps. Google's also added support for automation via bots, a capability which has been instrumental to Slack's success.

Workers can use the @Meet bot to schedule meetings and the @Drive bot to keep a record of their document activity. There is a web interface as well.

Much like Microsoft's Teams app and its integrations with Office 365, Google will be relying on the fact Hangouts Chat is built into the G Suite platform and will be able to take advantage of all the tools on offer, including its built-in security, all available through a single subscription. Chat can work with the usual Hangouts app and users' existing contacts. However, Allo never caught on with users, who continue to use Hangouts for chats, notes TechCrunch. At the same time, the capability won't be limited to files based on the native formats of Google's productivity tools.

It originally rolled out Hangouts in 2013 as a free instant messaging platform for consumers.

However, the popularity of Slack might prove a tough nut for Google to crack, while an acquisition of the company would cost $10bn or more.

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