It's a brand-new team chat app from Google, one that's most similar to apps like Slack and Hip Chat than anything Google has released so far. Hangouts Chat is focused on ongoing conversations between teams in your company.You'll make groups that are focused on the team you invite to chat. Instead of posting new chat messages as followups to things posted earlier, you'll reply directly to older conversations or start new conversations when you have something new to talk about.
With dozens of great video and text chat apps for teams–each of which include quite similar features–the deciding factor is often down to the way your team works.
Google Hangouts quickly became that default, easiest-to-use video calls option for many teams thanks to it running in your browser and being deeply integrated in Google's other apps.
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If your team's enabled Hangouts Meet in G Suite admin, you can schedule new calls right from Hangouts Meet—and for all other G Suite accounts you can schedule a video call in Google Calendar, and join them from Meet. You'll see a list of your upcoming meetings as in the top screenshot on this article.
Tap the correct meeting, then join the video call much as you would for a standard Hangouts video.Share a Google Docs document, say, and Hangouts Chat will automatically update its sharing settings to make sure everyone in your team can view that document.Then when you search for older things your team has talked about, you can filter search by Google Docs, Slides, or Sheets to find specific documents you've shared.If you want to share your screen, Meet will let you share your full desktop or choose one app to share.Its window selector reminds us of Zoom—and it's actually part of the webpage, even though it looks like a separate window.Here's how to start using Google's Hangouts Meet and Chat apps today—and which of Google's The best thing to come out the Google social network experiment was Hangouts.