Google is shutting down Hangouts in November

by Johnson Daniel
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After replacing the Hangouts app for workspace users with Chat earlier in the year, Google has begun the process of migrating free, personal Hangouts users to Chat. Google said users of the Hangout mobile app will see a prompt saying them to move to Chat in a blog post.

Users of Hangout in Gmail on the web will not see the prompt to switch to Chat until July. The app will be available on the desktop site until November.

Google Chat is not the same as GChat (or Google Talk), which Google officially discontinued earlier this month. (Hangouts was supposed to be the replacement for GChat, but here we are.) In 2018, the company hinted at plans to transition users from Hangouts to Chat, with the feature becoming free for all users in 2020.

Beginning next month, Google will automatically transfer existing Hangouts conversations to Chat. You can also use the Takeout service to download a copy of your Hangouts data before it is officially discontinued in November.

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The Chat app, according to Google, is a better way to collaborate because it includes features such as editing Docs and Sheets, access to Spaces for topic-based collaboration, emoji support, and more.

Google says it’s rolling out a few new features, including the ability to make direct calls, create in-line threads in Spaces, as well as share and view multiple images.

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