Hangouts Traditional is on its means out.
Google is constant its merger of basic Hangouts with Google Chat with a slew of recent updates approaching December third.
These updates principally revolve round group conversations, with probably the most important of the adjustments being cross-compatibility with basic Hangouts. Google says that group conversations begun in Hangouts will now present up in Google Chat within the coming weeks.
The Google Workspace group defined:
[S]tarting within the first half of 2021, everybody can start upgrading from Hangouts to Chat. To make sure a clean transition, we’ll assist routinely migrate your Hangouts conversations and saved historical past. These adjustments additional guarantee compatibility between basic Hangouts and Chat to make migrating your customers as seamless as potential.
Google can be altering the way in which group conversations work. Similar to in Slack, when somebody is added to a brand new dialog customers are in a position to see all messages that transpired earlier than they had been admitted to the group — Google may also notify everybody within the chat when somebody new is added, once more, similar to Slack.
Except for group conversations in Hangouts, Google may also work to allow cross-compatibility between Hangouts and Chat so customers can retain context throughout the 2 companies. Which means that 1-1 messages, up to date group conversations, and unthreaded messages (threaded messages had been launched in Chat a number of weeks in the past) at the moment are going to seem in Hangouts Traditional.
Google is rolling out all these options to Hangouts and Chat over the following few weeks. As with most updates to Google Workspace apps, nearly all of customers are anticipated to recieve it inside two weeks.