In simplest terms, this app is intended to encourage and facilitate group conversations. As another social media platform, the emphasis is on creating a focal point for individuals with similar and relevant interests, including everything from business associates to friends to hobbies.Combining a number of attributes from early messaging programs up to Pinterest, Hangouts seeks to make conversations easy, responsive and engaging. Users know when messages have been read and are alerted to messages received when not online.
Live video calls (currently limited to 10 users) and phone calls are supported and conversations are captured with the ability to track back and revisit earlier messages and conversations. The overall effect intended is to create live, sharing, digital conversations, using text, audio and video interactions. Google has committed to continuing enhancements of Hangouts and seeks to make it a primary social media competitor.
The update and changes are now shown on all Rapid Release and Scheduled Release domains that have Google Hangouts enabled. They are visible within the admin console.
Searching and finding for individuals with whom you want/need to communicate with is easier to accomplish. This is now accomplished within the GAL of the friend list that is a part of Hangouts. Those contacts with a higher relevance to the user will be more readily visible.
Aswith other core Google services, Hangouts is fully supported by our Google Apps support team.
Users control the ability to toggle history on or off in any Hangout, regardless of admin control settings
Users are not provided with a warning when beginning a Hangout with users not in their domain if external sharing is allowed by admin.
A: There is no change in the way Hangouts works with Vault. However, Use of Hangouts and Vault are both subject to the Google Apps Enterprise Amendment: Hangouts & Vault.
A: Yes, the user must use Google Voice to place voice calls.
A: Yes, a selection for ‘enabled group settings’ is available for each Organization Unit in your domain(s).
A: While the look and feel of Hangouts remains the same, users should notice the increased ease of finding relevant contacts.