Google’s messaging system that supported many workers during the pandemic is finally bowing out. Google Hangouts, which is already being replaced by its big brother Google Chat, will no longer be available starting this fall.
As of Monday, users of the mobile application or the chrome extension will see a notification appear on the screen asking them to use Google Chat.
The most tenacious can, however, continue to use the Google Hangouts web interface until the end of November.
The tech giant describes Google Chat as being a more modern version and offering more functionalities than Google Hangouts.
The messaging system makes it possible in particular to use Google Docs, Slides or Sheets in the same interface as the messaging system.
It also has the Space feature, which hosts group chats that can be tied to specific topics or projects.
Note that conversations started on Google Hangouts are also available in Google Chat.
Google Hangouts has a loyal following, however, who have questioned the end of their messaging system since 2020.
At the time, the Californian company indicated that Google Chat would become free in 2021, and that it would migrate Google Hangouts users to this platform.