Google IO 2016 Coverage

Google execs say no plans to kill off Hangouts

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One of the big announcements coming out of Google I/O 2016 is the new messaging app Allo. According to Google exec Nick Fox, Allo was built from scratch to be the company’s ideal messaging app. With all of the buzz generated by the announcement of Allo, many are asking what the future might hold for Hangouts. Thus far, sources from Google indicate there are no plans to kill off Hangouts. Read more

Google Hangouts gets guest access

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Google has just made it a lot easier for users to consider using Hangouts for meetings by freeing the service from requirements like having a Google account to join a Hangout. If you have ever had to try to get someone who is not a big Google user onto a Hangout, you know that it can quickly turn into a major chore depending on the technical capability of the user. With the new feature that is being rolled out, all users will have to do now is click on a link to the Hangout, type in their name in a pop-up box, and then “Request to Join.”

Meeting organizers will receive a prompt to accept or deny entry to users who are trying to join a Hangout. They will also have access to tools to mute or eject participants if necessary.

source: Google for Work