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Google Hangouts Extending  Support Until Next Year

By September 2, 2019May 16th, 2022Technology News

If you’re a G Suite user, you’re probably already aware that Google has been making plans to shut down Google Hangouts.  In fact, the original plan was to begin phasing it out of the G Suite in October of this year (2019).

If you’re a fan of the service and rely on it for interoffice communications, you can breathe a short-lived sigh of relief.

The company recently announced that they’re pushing their timetable back. G Suite users will continue to have access to it through the first half of 2020, with Google beginning their process of shutting it down starting in June.

Once Google does formally retire Hangouts, the plan is to replace it with a pair of new services:  Hangouts Meet (which is a video conferencing service) and Hangouts chat (for real time text-based communications).  The new services will have a similar look and feel to classic Hangouts, so there shouldn’t be a big learning curve when migrating from the old to the new. Of course, the new services will feature some additional functionality that it’s hoping will wow its impressively sized user base.

On balance, this is good news.  People who are attached to classic Hangouts get to keep using it for a little longer than originally anticipated. The new features and similar look and feel should assuage concerns about the switch over when it actually occurs.

It is also worth mentioning that Google has a longstanding habit of shifting gears and changing plans mid-stream. So, news of these most recent changes to the company’s plans should be taken with a proverbial grain of salt.  Between now and next June, it’s entirely within the realm of possibility that the company’s plans will change yet again, which may give classic Hangouts users even more time.  Stay tuned.

Jason Manteiga

Jason J. Manteiga, Vice President of Olmec Systems, has been part of the company for over the past 20 years. He believes that having a great work environment and supportive team, is the ultimate key to success. Since being in the IT realm for over 25 years, Jason, along with Olmec Systems, has been on the Inc. 5000 “List of America’s Fastest Growing Private Companies” and Channel Futures MSP 501 “Top Managed Service Providers in North America,” along with other awards and nominations. Jason earned his Bachelor Degree in Information Systems from the New Jersey Institute of Technology. He also holds certifications in Microsoft MCSE, VMWare VCP, and Cisco CCNA. In his spare time, Jason is a contributor for The Center for Social & Legal Research (Privacy Exchange) and a member of the Morris County Chamber of Commerce. His hobbies include cycling and kayaking. He currently lives in New Jersey with his wife, two daughters and son.