Google has been working towards improving its GSuite, its enterprise offering. At the Google Cloud’s Next Conference Google has announced that it will be splitting Hangouts into two products and it will come laced with a variant of Google Assistant. The Hangouts will be split into Meet and Chat, well sounds more like a dating app but that doesn’t stop us from having a closer look.
The Meet is mostly about collaboration and needless to say it offers video chatting functionality. The Google Meet was live a few weeks ago and was touted to help users showcase their team’s projects alongside seamless integration with the GSuite. The Meet is designed as a light and fast video chatting client that will help the enterprise customers collaborate by supporting at least 30 people at a time.
The G Suite mating means that calendar information is automatically fetched by the Meet and if you are a G Suite Enterprise customer each meeting will be offered with a dial-in number which will help the folks on move to connect directly without having to log in on any app or connecting to a wi-fi network. The Meet app is currently available for both iOS and Android.
Hangouts Chat is reminiscent of Hangouts, the collaborative tool is preferred by many as it integrates with the Google’s other products including Google Drive and the Google Docs. Hangouts which began its life as a chat client is slowly evolving into a team collaborative tool, the one that would go loggerheads with Slack or HipChat. Moving forward Chat will let customers create groups or rooms and also access 3rd party services including Asana, Box, Zendesk and Zero.
Google is set to sweeten the deal by baking in a smart assistant that is called @Meet instead of Google Assistant. So this assistant is capable of finding the ideal time for meetings and will also link with Asana. The Hangouts Chat is currently available only through the Google’s Early Adopter Program. I do understand why Google had to split up its Hangouts offering to suit the Enterprise taste but this also throws open yet another question, will the Hangout continue to exist as a standalone service or will it undergo a transformation.