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The life and death of Hangouts: A Google tragedy

The life and death of Hangouts: A Google tragedy

The transition from Hangouts to Google Chat is now happening in earnest, with many even reporting that their group conversations have moved between the two platforms. It's just a matter of time until Hangouts itself is retired, so let's take a moment to look back at Google's most successful — and, perhaps, most ignored — messaging platform.

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Hangouts group conversations will start showing up in Google Chat ahead of next year's changeover

Hangouts group conversations will start showing up in Google Chat ahead of next year's changeover

Hangouts has managed to stick around for an awful long time, but Google finally announced that the migration to Chat will begin early next year. As the big day draws closer, the company is working to make the transition easier by allowing chats in Hangouts to show up seamlessly in Google Chat — as well as improving the group conversation experience in the app.

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Google Chat now has read receipts, to the joy of some and the dismay of others

Google Chat now has read receipts, to the joy of some and the dismay of others

Google rebranded Hangouts Chat to Google Chat earlier this year, and since then, the company has been working on making it a more attractive offering with new additions like a dark theme. Last month, we learned that read receipts would be coming to the platform, and wouldn't ya know it, now the feature is starting to roll out right on schedule.

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Hangouts Chat following rebranded Google Meet, becoming Google Chat

Hangouts Chat following rebranded Google Meet, becoming Google Chat

Google announced last year that the Hangouts service we know and love would be winding down, but two new business-oriented tools took its name ⁠— Hangouts Meet (video conferencing) and Hangouts Chat (room-based messaging). However, Hangouts Meet officially became Google Meet earlier this week, and now the Chat application will receive the same treatment.

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Google confirms Hangouts Meet is now Google Meet

Google confirms Hangouts Meet is now Google Meet

In a blog post this morning, Google confirmed that Hangouts Meet is no longer a Hangouts product, and will simply be known as Google Meet. The post, which lays out Google Meet's extensive security and privacy credentials, makes no mention of the change, but refers to the product throughout as Google Meet. Similarly, the Meet support pages have almost all been updated with language calling the service Google Meet, where they previously said Hangouts Meet.

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Google wants to take on Slack and Microsoft Teams by making another messaging service

Google wants to take on Slack and Microsoft Teams by making another messaging service

Google has so far had a love-hate relationship with messaging services, as it threw several of them against the wall, but only a few stuck, and that too not for long. But this didn’t deter the company from renewing its efforts to make another attempt, this time for businesses. A report by The Information suggests that Google could unify its existing communication services into a workplace-oriented app to stand against Slack and Microsoft Teams.

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Hangouts shutdown delayed for G Suite users until at least June 2020

Hangouts shutdown delayed for G Suite users until at least June 2020

Google is delaying the shutdown of its longtime internet protocol chat and call app, Hangouts. G Suite users were originally told that Hangouts would be retired starting in October. Now, the deadline for G Suite customers to move has now been pushed back to "no sooner than June 2020."

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Google's web notifications widget will be discontinued on March 7, 2019

Google's web notifications widget will be discontinued on March 7, 2019

If you read the title of this post and didn't really understand what it was about until you saw the screenshot, you're not alone. Most of us on the team had to do a double check when we caught the news because we didn't immediately recall what this web notification widget really was. But now that we do, we're heartbroken about the news... not!

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RIP: Google Hangouts begins wind-down this year, but service will live on in Chat and Meet spinoffs

RIP: Google Hangouts begins wind-down this year, but service will live on in Chat and Meet spinoffs

In March 2017, Google announced that Hangouts would split into Meet and Chat apps, kicking off what has been a long, slow road to shutdown for the original version of the platform. Almost two years later, we now have an official timetable for the winding-down of the well-used service as Google attempts to wrestle a bigger share of the team communication market away from competitors like Slack. The timeline begins with the slow transition of G Suite users from classic Hangouts to Chat and Meet this year, followed by a consumer transition, which will likely begin late in 2020.

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Google confirms Allo will shut down, Hangouts Chat and Meet coming to non-corporate users

Google confirms Allo will shut down, Hangouts Chat and Meet coming to non-corporate users

There has been a whirlwind of rumors around Google's messaging strategy over the past few days. First we heard that Hangouts might be shutting down, with a Google product lead refuting the claims, then a report came out that Allo is also shutting down. Google has now published a blog post to set the record straight, and it seems the rumors were mostly true.

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