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Google splits Hangouts into Meet for video and Chat for communication

G Suite, Google’s workplace tool offering, is splitting its Hangouts app in two parts, Hangouts Meet for video chat and Hangouts Chat for regular communication. The new Chat app looks like it's designed to compete with the likes of Slack. Similar to Slack, Hangouts Chat displays the list of users on the left, but still has no equivalent of the ‘channels’ feature Slack offers. The chat box itself is also very small, leaving a lot of empty spaces in the interface, and overall needs more features to fully compete with Slack. That said, it should not take much time for Google to add such features, although the company has not provided an upcoming feature list as such. The chat feature also displays an icon for video calling, which redirects user’s to the new Meet platform. On Meet, users are prompted…

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