The social networking giant, Google last year announced in March 2017 that it will split the cross-platform messaging service Google “Hangouts” into two core app applications; one is Hangouts Chat and the other Hangouts Meet ( a video conferencing app similar to Skype). Recently, The Company said that it will begin from October this year, from G Suite.
Users are gradually pushing Hangouts to move to new software. For that matter yesterday, the company issued a specific timetable.
In order to endorse the shift, it announced adjustment plans for each stage. Initially, starting from April 16 this year, there will be maintenance for Hangouts in the G Suite domain, users can start to enable the Web version and download the hat edition of Chat, and Chat’s Chrome extension.
In addition, there will be a new setting in the Admin control that allows the administrator to disable the Hangouts user interface at any time. Some Hangouts features will be migrated to Chat between April and September 2018, before Hangouts closes in October.
According to Google, once the company is ready it can begin to move, because from October of this year, all G Suite enterprise users will no longer be able to use the original version of Hangouts, while other users will be directed to Chat.
To control both Hangouts and Meet video conferencing, the Google Hangouts settings page was renamed “Hangouts Meet”. Finally, in the Google Vault for file storage and electronic search, the escrow function no longer supports Hangouts, and the Chats custodial function supports both Hangouts and Chat. It is the clear sign from Google to users to transfer untimely.
From April to September, the team also aims to add new features to chat, including integration with Gmail, text messaging with external users, improved video telephony, and conversations with Google Voice.
Google said it will announce the final transfer schedule in the future but on the other hand,The Verge says that the time may be in 2020.