Google Hangouts Loyaltyists, I'm sorry to let you know that the news for your favorite communication tool is not great. Google has announced in a blog post on Tuesday that it will start removing Hangouts for G Suite users in early October so they can switch to Hangouts and Hangouts meetings. Fortunately, the company said that this change will not immediately affect the rest of us, but said the transfer of users to a free chat and meeting service is forthcoming.
We knew this was inevitable. 9to5Google first reported in November that Hangouts had begun to die in 2020. (Scott Johnston, product manager at Google, later down the report claiming no solutions Company spokesperson told Gizmodo he was "fully engaged with the support of classic Hangouts users while not all successfully migrated to Chat and Meet. "
Classical Hangouts are the latest in a Google messaging service string to bite the dust Google recently gave Allo the ax and previously had a predecessor to Hangouts Gchat as well as Google Buzz, Google Wave, and Google Spaces. "Johnston pointed to the Google engineer Justin Uberty's thread in Dec. and who simply explained how Google predicts messages to move forward with Hangouts Chat and Meet, Messages, and Duo: Early reports on how it could be received a Hangouts chat from its base for classic loyal users, show that it may be a bit uneven As Ars Technica notes, "Google's transition plan is worrying – Hangouts chat is not even a good clone of Slack. "But there is still a lot of time between the moment the company will migrate its users to the newer product.
As we all hate the changes, that's probably going to be all right. Is that correct?
[The Verge, Google Blog]