Changes coming to Google Hangouts Chat this spring

By | February 13, 2019
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In 2017, Google announced Hangouts Chat and Hangouts Meet for team communication. Later this year, Google will transition classic Hangouts to Chat and Meet on the UMICH domain. As a first step, some changes are coming on April 16, 2019.

Key dates to note:

  • Starting April 16, 2019 – Chat will begin to gradually roll out to U-M Google accounts on the web and mobile apps. You can continue using classic Hangouts in Gmail, mobile, web, and the Chrome extension. See Chat and classic Hangout interoperability.
  • Between April and September 2019 – Features from classic Hangouts will come to Chat, such as:
    • Integration with Gmail
    • Chatting with external users
    • An improved video calling experience
  • October 2019 – Google will start to gradually retire classic Hangouts. To prepare for the transition from classic Hangouts to Chat, review Google’s documentation.

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Eric Fruth, ITS Infrastructure
Author: Eric Fruth, ITS Infrastructure

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