Google on Wednesday released an update to its internet chat tool Hangouts, aiming to make it suitable in workplaces. The tech giant said it will be making its team communication app for work available this week to customers of its G Suite portfolio of cloud productivity.
The Search engine behemoth announced the service last March, but told Reuters it would be available to all customers for the first time on Wednesday. Hangouts Chat sits in Google’s G Suite, a workplace software package that includes email and word-processing tools, for which more than 4 million businesses globally pay as much as $25 per user each month.
“Teams want to be able to get their work done in one place, which is why we introduced the Early Adopter Program of Hangouts Chat to bring teams together,” Google said in its blog. “From direct messages to group conversations, Chat helps teams collaborate easily and efficiently.”
According to the company, chat makes it simple to track progress and follow up tasks. Users can easily work with other G Suite apps and use artificial intelligence to speed up workflows. In addition, users can collaborate with colleagues around the globe with embedded security.
To to help speed up varied workflows, chat also comes equipped with 25 bots. There are bots that integrate directly with other G Suite apps. For instance, the @Google Drive bot lets users know when files are shared, comments are made or when people request access to your docs. Conversely, the @Meet bot integrates directly with Calendar to schedule meetings. Alternatively, users can build integrations on top of Chat to incorporate tools you use everyday, Google said.