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Google makes renewed attempt to take on Slack with Hangouts Chat

Google makes renewed attempt to take on Slack with Hangouts Chat

The collaboration app supports 28 languages and each room can hold up to 8,000 members. With team chat rooms and threaded conversations, powerful search functionality and intelligent bots that connect workflows and speed up tasks (even with 3rd party apps), you can work on projects from one spot - like opening a new store location or launching an advertising campaign.

Chat also allows plenty of customization options so that companies can tweak the tool to suit their specific needs.

Internet giant Google has launched an enterprise messaging service, Hangouts Chat, as it seeks to take on similar offerings by Slack, Microsoft, Facebook, Alibaba and Indian app Flock.

Following its IPO filing last week, Dropbox today announced a new partnership with Google Cloud to integrate G Suite with the former's platform. It uses bots, including one for scheduling meetings and another for monitoring Google Drive documents.

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"From direct messages to group conversations, Chat helps teams collaborate easily and efficiently", said Google. The feature is also compatible with Google's existing ecosystem of partners making it easier for the tool to be integrated with other workplace collaboration apps such as Xero, RingCentral, UberConference, Salesforce, Zenefits, Zoom.ai, Jira, Trello, Wrike, and Kayak. There is a web interface as well. "RingCentral for Hangouts Chat removes the hassle of toggling between different applications to start a video meeting or call, ultimately saving workers time and driving greater efficiency". Speaking to Reuters, Scott Johnston, director of product management at Google, said: "I see this as the second incantation of Hangouts".

Despite a change in focus, Google confirmed that it will continue to offer users access to the free version of Hangouts.

It seems that Google is seriously eyeing a bigger slice of the workplace communications market. He explained that Google wants "to move toward helping people move faster at work".

So far, more than 18,000 Googlers have enrolled in MLCC, applying lessons from the course to enhance camera calibration for Daydream devices, build virtual reality for Google Earth, and improve streaming quality at YouTube. "We have hundreds of millions of users who have Gmail addresses and are also G Suite users".


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