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Published: Sat, March 03, 2018
Research | By Jennifer Evans

Google's Slack competitor is now available to any company

Google's Slack competitor is now available to any company

Google will start rolling out Hangout Chats to G Suite users from next week.

Like most collaboration apps such as Microsoft Teams and Slack, Hangouts Chat allows users to discuss projects and office work more efficiently with individuals or groups.

Hangouts Chat also supports Single Sign-On (SSO), which means users can log into it along with a number of other G Suite apps with a single signing process.

Hangouts Chat functions much like other group chat tools such as Slack, which aim to reduce reliance on email and make it easier to communicate and share information with colleagues. With the Google Hangouts Chat app, Google looks forward to competing with them. Some bots are made by third-party companies to interface with their own services such as Xero accounting or Jira and Trello for project management, notes Engadget.

Just like other team messaging apps, Hangouts Chat comes with "channels" functionality that allows intra-company communication with an 8,000-member support for each channel. This move helped to get in companies which use same features for its internal communications.

Google says the new service can speed up manual work such as booking conference rooms or searching for files, using its artificial intelligence. While we have yet to use it (don't worry, we will use it soon), you'll see a fair amount of people compare it to Slack. Users can also join Hangouts Meet online meetings from within Chat. He added he has learned over time that "it's incumbent upon vendors like Dropbox to focus on the needs of the users over the needs of the company". The previews are available from both dropbox.com or its mobile apps.

First off, you can now create, edit, and share Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides right from Dropbox. While Hangouts Chat and Meet are the business oriented alternatives to those apps. At the same time, the capability won't be limited to files based on the native formats of Google's productivity tools. RingCentral for Hangouts Chat is the latest integration leveraging the RingCentral Connect Platform™, which integrates with over 1,000 partner and customer applications, essential for providing an enhanced business workflow environment.

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