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- Send direct messages
- Start group conversations
- Create rooms
- Start a video meeting
- Search in Chat
the difference between classic Hangouts and the new Hangouts Chat?
With Hangouts Chat, you can communicate with teams and people in rooms—messages are organized into different topics, so you can hold multiple conversations at the same time.
Here are some key differences:FeatureHangouts ChatClassic HangoutsFeatureRoomsHangouts ChatcheckClassic HangoutscloseFeatureDirect messagesHangouts ChatcheckClassic HangoutscheckFeatureMaximum number of chat participantsHangouts Chat8,000Classic Hangouts150FeatureNotificationsHangouts Chat
Same as classic Hangouts chat, plus advanced notification preferences to follow relevant conversationsClassic Hangouts
Notifications for messages, contacts, and soundsFeatureAttach files to a messageHangouts ChatcheckClassic HangoutscheckFeatureStart video meetings in conversationsHangouts ChatHangouts Meet video meetingClassic HangoutsClassic Hangouts video callFeaturePlatforms supportedHangouts Chat
- Android and Apple® iOS® devices
- Chrome web browser
- Apple® Safari®
- Microsoft® Internet Explorer® or Edge®
- Mozilla® Firefox®
- Android and iOS devices
- Chrome web browsers (with plugins)
- Internet Explorer
- Chromebox for meetings (video only)
- How do I open Chat?
invite people from outside of my organization to join a room in Chat?
Currently, you can only invite people or groups in your organization to a room in Chat.
organization is using classic Hangouts chat, can I still use Chat?
Yes. Direct messages that you receive in classic Hangouts are synchronized with Chat. Currently, group conversations and rooms in Chat aren’t synced with classic Hangouts.
How do I delete a room?
Currently, there’s no way to delete a room. You can leave a room to hide it in your room list. If you created the room, you can ask all members to leave the room to effectively delete it for everyone. For more information on rooms, see Get started with Hangouts Chat.