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25th January 2019

Get ready to bid a fond farewell to Hangouts as Google affirms it’s resigning the exemplary talk benefit

In the sea of messaging programs, Google Hangouts, for the longest time, has enjoyed an unequalled function. And it become the case until now.

Amid talks of sunsetting its communication device, Hangouts, Google has subsequently showed that it will likely be phasing out its classic chat offerings for G Suite clients, beginning October 2019.

Instead, G Suite users can be transitioned to Hangouts Chat and Meet, dubbed the subsequent generation of Hangouts that focus on group communication, later this yr, the agency announced. As a part of the transition, G Suite customers ought to assume some adjustments from April sixteen onwards, few that might even require administrator motion. Following which, Google might be completing the transition to Chat, before retiring Hangouts completely for the G Suite.

However, this timeline is unique to customers or groups who pay to apply Google’s superior services. For the non-G Suite users (essentially the normal customers who need no longer pay), Google is yet to set a date for the transition.

“We will hold to support purchaser use of conventional Hangouts, and count on to transition customers to free Chat and Meet following the transition of G Suite clients. A extra particular timeline can be communicated at a later date,” the United States-primarily based tech massive said through its legit weblog post on Tuesday.

“For G Suite domains that have classic Hangouts enabled, Chat will also become available to users on the web and via mobile apps. They can also continue using classic Hangouts in Gmail, mobile, web or the Chrome extension,” the company added.

Among the admin-related changes that users should expect, starting April, include “a new setting in the admin console”, renaming of “Google Hangouts” setting page to “Hangouts Meet”.

The news shouldn’t come as a complete surprise. After all, as early as 2017, Google had first hinted about the introduction of Hangouts ‘Chat’ and ‘Meet’ to assist in team communication. Incidentally, it is not the only service that will be phased out. In December last year, it was reported that Google was expediting the shutdown of its Google+ platform over security issues.

“With the discovery of this new bug, we have decided to expedite the shut-down of all Google+ APIs; this will occur within the next 90 days,” the company said at the time.

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