New Delhi: Google has postponed the shutdown of Hangouts for G-Suite users, its chat platform, to June 2020, the company announced in a blog post on Wednesday. It had set an October 2019 deadline for migration of G-Suite customers from the classic Hangouts messaging service to Hangouts Meet and Hangouts Chat, its newer services.
“Since then, we’ve heard feedback from many of you that you’d like more time to migrate your organisations from classic Hangouts to Hangouts Chat," the company said in its post.
June 2020 is now the final transition date for those using classic Hangouts on G-Suite. G-Suite is Google’s platform for enterprise customers, which competes with Microsoft Office.
The blog also said Google will add some features to Hangouts in the meanwhile “to improve transition experience". These include adding Read receipts to the service and bringing group chats to classic Hangouts. “We’ll also provide advance notice once we have a more definitive date, so please monitor the G-Suite Updates blog," the company wrote.
The shutdown of Hangouts doesn’t affect regular users of the chat service though, at least not at the moment. The shutdown is only for Google’s enterprise users, though the company has already tried other chat services for regular consumers as well, and is known for its continuous shift in messaging strategy.
Google Allo, a messaging platform app which integrated Google Assistant was launched in 2016 and shut down earlier this year. The company has since used Allo’s capability in its smart speakers and screens, but the app for consumers was shut down in March this year.