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Google brings Hangouts Chat, its Slack competitor, to all

Google brings Hangouts Chat, its Slack competitor, to all

The service debuted alongside Hangouts Meet app, which became available to public right away. However now it is being made widely available.

An updated Hangouts Chat will allow users to upload items from Drive, hold group video chats in Hangouts Meet, and work together on Sheets, Docs, or Slides. "With feature-rich, intelligent bots, users can automate tasks, get critical information or do other heavy-lifting with a simple message".

Much like Microsoft's Teams app and its integrations with Office 365, Google will be relying on the fact Hangouts Chat is built into the G Suite platform and will be able to take advantage of all the tools on offer, including its built-in security, all available through a single subscription.

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Just like other team messaging apps, Hangouts Chat comes with "channels" functionality that allows intra-company communication with an 8,000-member support for each channel. Dropbox posits that more than 50 percent of its customers also use G Suite, but until now there hasn't been a way to store G Suite files inside of Dropbox. It can be integrated with third party apps, too. Users of Google's software for businesses like Google Docs and Gmail can also use the app.

Likewise, the company guarantees that Hangouts Chats will utilize the business' AI to make operations more efficient and reliable.

Both Hangouts Chat and its video streaming platform, Hangouts Meet, were revealed at Google Cloud Next conference in March past year, but while the latter was released immediately to the public, its chat app has so far only been available as a private test version. It's also a service that's seeing increased competition these days. Chat can work with the usual Hangouts app and users' existing contacts. However, Allo never caught on with users, who continue to use Hangouts for chats, notes TechCrunch. It launched as a free service in 2013 but soon it was attuned to businesses. However, what makes Google's service stand out against others is the integration of its artificial intelligence platforms. Speaking to Reuters, Scott Johnston, director of product management at Google, said: "I see this as the second incantation of Hangouts". "We want to move toward helping people move faster at work".


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