Google has confirmed it’ll start emigrate customers from its legacy text-based communications platform Hangouts to its new Google Chat service.
From December 3 onwards, group conversations initially arrange in Hangouts will start to look on the Google Chat platform, which is presently obtainable to enterprise prospects solely.
All present conversations and saved chat historical past will likely be transferred over in full, which Google claims will guarantee a “smooth transition”.
According to an organization weblog put up, the service will quickly permit new group members to entry dialog historical past in full, together with messages exchanged earlier than they have been added. Pioneered by Slack, this method is designed to permit new staff members to stand up to hurry as shortly as potential.
The migration of group conversations from Hangouts to Google Chat and tweaks to the brand new service will roll out incrementally over the course of the subsequent few weeks.
Google Chat improve
The transition from Hangouts to Google Chat was first introduced again in April, quickly after the wholesale shift to distant working. In tandem, Google revealed it could rebrand its video conferencing service (then Hangouts Meet) to Google Meet.
The arrival of Google Chat additionally brings with it a number of upgrades, together with an improved interface, built-in video conferencing and the flexibility to go looking dialog logs for particular info.
“Chat includes familiar Hangouts features like direct and group messaging, with helpful additions like send to inbox, emoji reactions and suggested replies,” Google defined.
“In addition, Chat features the same strong phishing protections we built in Gmail, so if a link is sent to you via Chat, it will be flagged if it’s found to be malicious.”
Although the rise of Google Chat will erase Hangouts from enterprise packages, the service will nonetheless live on briefly as a part of the corporate’s consumer-facing chat providing.
As of subsequent yr, nevertheless, Chat will turn into obtainable as a free service for all customers – each built-in into Gmail and within the type of a brand new standalone app.