Google Hangouts Loyalists, sorry to say that news about your popular communication tool is not very good.
Google has announced in a blog post that from October Classic will be phasing out hangouts for its G Suite users to move them into Hangouts Chat and Hangouts Meet. Fortunately, the company said that this change will not affect the rest of us immediately, but said it is imminent that consumers should switch to a free chat and meet service.
We knew that this was inevitable. 9to5Google first reported in November that Hangouts would be staring at its definitive decline sometime in 2020. (Scott Johnston, Product Manager at Google, canceled the report, claiming that no decisions had been made "When was Hangouts closed?" A company spokesman said, saying "classic Hangouts" at the time Users should be fully supported until all have successfully migrated to "Chat and Meet."
Classic Hangouts are the latest string of Google intelligence services to bite the dust, and Google recently gave the ax to Allo, and before that There was the Hangouts predecessor Gchat, as well as Google Buzz, Google Wave and Google Spaces Johnston pointed to a thread by Google engineer Justin Uberti in December that summed up, in fairly straightforward terms, how Google imagines Google is using Hangouts chat and Meet, Messages, and Duo evolved:
Earlier reports of how Hangouts chat from its klas Consciously loyal consumer base may indicate that it may be a bit bumpy. As Ars Technica points out, "Google's transition plan is worrying – Hangouts Chat is not even a good slack clone." There's still plenty of time left to convert its customers to the newer product, so there is still hope.
As much as we hate all changes, this will probably be fine.
[The Verge, Google Blog]