Google announces the transition of Hangouts video calls to Hangouts Meet

Google launched Meet in March 2017, as an improved video meeting experience providing better performance over classic Hangouts video calls, with more secured and reliable method for guests to join meetings.

The company overtime updated Meet to include an API for reporting, phone dial-out and in-meeting chat. And Just recently, Google introduced the Hangouts Meet hardware room kit and for G Suite Enterprise customers, with support for up to 50 participants, more international dial-in phone numbers, and the ability to record meetings to Google Drive.

Now, Google acknowledging customers' feedback regarding Hangouts Meet, will enable Meet for all newly created meetings in Google Calendar starting 21 May 2018.

While the transition from classic Hangouts video meetings to Meet for G Suite customers will start after 21 May 2018 - and no action is required on their part, as all newly created Calendar events will contain Meet video meeting details by default, but existing events will still run classic Hangouts.

By the second half of 2018, all existing Calendar events will include Meet video meetings, and the classic Hangouts links will be disabled.

Google also introduced the ability to include US dial-in phone numbers to all Meetings created by users with G Suite Basic and G Suite Business licenses.

What browsers are currently supported?

Meet supports only latest Google Chrome at the moment; while compatibility with next stable version of Firefox is expected in advance of automatic activation in May and a solution for Internet Explorer and Safari browsers will come in advance of automatic activation with no opt-out.

Why Switch to Meet?

Meet is designed specifically for the enterprise user and provides significantly better performance over classic Hangouts video calls, with a cleaner, more focused user experience and a simple, secure and reliable method for guests to join meetings.

The streamlined interface allows enterprise users to focus on common workplace actions, such as inviting others or presenting content.

Also, it is easier than ever to start and join video meetings from mobile devices, computers, or a conference room, with up to 25 (G Suite Basic and Business) or 50 (G Suite Enterprise) people at a time.

But per adventure you need more time to prepare for the transition, you can temporarily extend your use of classic Hangouts as default video conferencing option for at least four weeks by opting out under Apps > G Suite > Google Hangouts > Global Settings.

However, starting from June, all Calendar events will include Meet video details instead of classic Hangouts links. Albeit, previously created classic Hangouts video links will still be usable until at least August 13, 2018 .
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