Starting April 16, users will be able to start Chat on the Web version of G Suite that can use the classic Hangouts function, but the latter can not replace the Hangouts function at present. Between April and September 2018, before the closure of Hangouts in October, some Hangouts functions will be migrated to Chat.
On April 16, Mail's reservation feature no longer supports classic Hangouts information. Instead, Hangouts Chat is about to launch and begin protecting chat messages in classic Hangouts and Hangouts Chat. At the same time, administrators will see some new settings in the chat control functions of Hangouts and Chat. In addition, there will be a new settings in Admin control, which allows administrators to disable the Hangouts user interface at any time.
Google said that between April and September, Chat will integrate with Gmail and exchange information with external users. In addition, it will have "improved"videoCall Experience"and voice calls supported by Google Voice.
As for non-corporate users, Google said they would expect to see free versions of Chat and Meet when G Suite completes the transition. The Mountain View company refused to elaborate on these "free" features, but last year they told the tech media The Verge that Chat and Meet would follow the "free value-added" model, allowing users to unlock some functions that are not yet public after subscribing.
At the same time, Google launched two new features on the Admin console to "help G Suite administrators better understand and manage... Use Hangouts within the enterprise. Meet quality tools allow users to access conference information in the domain, and Hangouts Meet logs can display usage in high-level detail view.
Before announcing the announcement, Google had said it would shut down Allo, a messaging service launched in September 2016, with a view to building a modern messaging application from scratch. (Google "suspended" Allo in April last year.)