Yesterday, Google announced that they are launching Hangouts Chat, finally bringing it out of beta. The application, Google’s competitor to Slack, is now available for all businesses signed up for G Suite.
Hangouts Chat is a huge change in direction for the company, representing its first major entrance into the business communication and collaboration space. Businesses who are already paying for G Suite will get Hangouts Chat for no additional cost, making it an attractive alternative to Slack.
The major selling point for businesses who use G Suite is the tight integration with other G Suite apps like Docs, Sheets, and Slides.
The company is also promising that Hangouts Chat will use the AI to make your workflow a lot more efficient. From the start, the collaboration tool will feature a total of 25 bots that can be used to improve your productivity and organization. For instance, a bot called @meet integrates with your Google Calendar to plan your meetings.
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[via The Verge]