Google has just postponed the shutdown of Google Hangouts for G Suite users until June next year. The company was initially to begin retiring classic Hangouts users from October this year instead before the postponement. The company says in a blog-post that a definitive date will be announced later. The reason for postponement of the Google Hangout shutdown date, Google confirmed, is that IT firms claim that people are very used to Hangouts, and that they’ll “like more time to migrate organisations from classic Hangouts to Hangouts Chat.”
Did you know:- Google Hangouts was formerly to be called “Babel”.
These users would then have to move to Hangouts Chat or Hangouts Meet and this final movement date has just been postponed to June next year. Google announced back in March 2017, that it wants to redevelop Hangouts, its instant messaging client for various devices, to be a bit more enterprise focused and it looks like they are set to do just that. It then introduced two G Suite services, the Hangouts Chat and Hangouts Meet.
Hangouts Chat is a text-based communication tool for teams while Hangouts Meet enables video meetings, again for enterprise users.
The company actually even plans to add more features to classic Hangouts while it’s still being used, to help make the movement process a bit easier. In the classic Hangouts, a user can only direct message another user currently, but in the foreseeable future, the company plans to add a new feature that gives users the ability to view or participate in group chats too.
Google did not specify that G Suite customers can move their users immediately if they like. The process has been detailed in the released blog-post. Many enterprises use Google’s suite of services to provide email, communication, productivity and cloud storage tools to their employees and these changes will really affect only these users starting by June next year. But by the end of 2020, the company looks to move all G Suite users to new services.
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