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Comparisons and differences at a glance

Now that you’ve switched from Slack® to G Suite, here are some tips on using Hangouts Chat to collaborate with your team, whether in a 1:1 direct message or a dedicated group workspace. You’ll find many similar features—and additional benefits—when you use Chat.

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Comparisons

In Chat, you can do the same things you did in Slack, such as:

  • Open Chat in a browser (including Apple® Mac® and Microsoft® Windows®) or mobile app (Android and Apple iOS®).
  • Send direct messages to one or more co-workers.
  • Create, join, and manage rooms (channels in Slack) to have ongoing conversations with groups of people.
  • Share files.
  • Search messages.
  • Edit messages, add styles, and emojis.
  • Use powerful bots to help automate your work.
  • Manage notifications.

To learn more, see Get started with Hangouts Chat.

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Differences

Feature

slack In Slack

chat In Hangouts Chat

Feature

Channels and rooms

slack In Slack

Create a channel:

  • 3 types of channels in a Slack workspace: Public, private, and shared channel (beta).
  • Send a channel invitation or enter/invite @display name to send an invitation to someone.
  • Give invitees access to the channel's history, or rename and archive the existing channel.
  • Set a channel topic and purpose.
  • See channel Highlights to see the most recent activity.

chat In Hangouts Chat

Create a room:

  • Invite a Google group by email, or add someone directly to a room.
  • Invite a Google group with everyone in your company, such as everyone@abc.com to create a public room.
  • Can also add someone to a room by @mentioning them—enter @johns in a conversation.
  • Anyone added to the room can see the entire conversation history.

Feature

Maximum number of participants

slack In Slack

Depends on your organization’s plan.

chat In Hangouts Chat

8,000 per room.

Feature

Threads

slack In Slack

Message threads in channels:

  • Reply to a thread and send it to the entire channel.
  • Unfollow threads you're no longer interested in.

chat In Hangouts Chat

Conversation threads in rooms:

  • Every message in a room belongs to a thread, and each thread is meant for a single topic of discussion. This way, you can talk about your quarterly goals and a team lunch in parallel.
  • Most recent threads appear at the bottom.
  • Message history is on.

Feature

Group direct messages (group DMs)

slack In Slack

  • Send a group DM to up to 8 people.
  • Add more people to a group DM—this starts a new conversation without the previous message history.
  • Move group DMs to a private channel.

chat In Hangouts Chat

  • No limit on the number of participants in a group DM, but they’re best suited for small groups of people.
  • After starting a group DM, you can't add or remove anyone.

Feature

Start meetings

slack In Slack

  • Start a Slack video call from a direct message or a channel*.
  • Share your screen using the Slack app for Mac or Windows.

    *Depends on your organization’s plan.

chat In Hangouts Chat

  • Start a Hangouts Meet video meeting from a direct message or a room.
  • Share your screen using Hangouts Meet.
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Work with Chat

To learn more, see Get started with Hangouts Chat.

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Send direct messages to an individual or a group.
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Create a room.
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Work with Chat.
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Do more with Chat

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Turn off notifications during important meetings. Learn more

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See if someone’s immediately available. Learn more
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Get Drive notifications in Chat. Learn more
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Create and send messages to bots. Learn more
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