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03 March, 2018, 00:46 | Author: Arnold Gilbert
  • Google's Slack Competitor Hangouts Chat Launches For Businesses Using G Suite

The application's sister program, Hangouts Meet, was launched nearly as soon as the pair of programs was announced in 2017.

It's going right up against Microsoft Teams, Cisco Spark, and the $5 billion Silicon Valley startup Slack. However, competition in this space is steep.

Ritcha Ranjan, director of product management at Google Cloud, said that the goal of the partnership on Google's end is to make G Suite more accessible to users, regardless of the other platforms they're using. Google shared the news in a blog entry.

Whether you are on your Windows or Mac OS desktop or Android or iOS device, you can collaborate from anywhere.

While G Suite continues to develop credibility as an enterprise solution, the launch of Hangouts Chat doesn't do much to clarify Google's instant messaging proposition more generally.

Now, Hangouts Chat will go right up against some of tech's biggest guns.

By the same token, Dropbox users will be able to open files directly in G Suite apps, and for those on Dropbox Business, admins will be able to manage access to Google Docs, Sheets and Slides stored within Dropbox. However, all of that competition means Google has its work cut out for it. Each chatroom can support up to 8,000 members.

According to official spokespeople of Google and Alphabet, Hangouts Chat will be gradually rolled out to every single G Suite user on the face of planet Earth over the next week, with all roll-outs slated to be finished by March 7, 2018.

Slack's success has seen a number of efforts to broaden existing messenger apps into collaboration tools, such as Facebook's Workplace and Microsoft Teams.

Collaboration security will also be improved as party of the integration.

While Google is renewing its push for businesses, the company may have its work cut out for it: Its messaging strategy is famously convoluted, with would-be successors to Hangouts like Google Duo and Google Allo largely failing thus far to find an audience.

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