Google Chat website offering Gmail-like upgrade with Hangouts-style chat windows
- February 22, 2021
Google wants to make Gmail your new “home for work” by combining email, Chat, and Meet into one browser window, as well as mobile app. All things considered, the organization will keep up standalone applications for messaging and video calling, with Google Chat testing a web customer upgrade.
Google Chat today is accessible for paying Workspace clients, while personal accounts can gain access to it on a per-conversation premise on the off chance that they’re welcomed. The current web interface is a side drawer gathered by Pinned, Chat (single client or group messages), Rooms, and Bots. The selected discussion is appeared at the appropriate for a fairly standard chatting application design.
The upgrade is generally the equivalent, however streamlined with the left panel just showing Chat and Rooms, as well as Gmail’s Google Meet shortcuts for “New” and “Join a meeting.” Threads show up at the right, yet you presently can “exit full screen” from the upper right corner. This makes a tiny chat window that is indistinguishable from Hangouts — Gchat before it — in web Gmail.
Docked at the bottom of the screen, beginning at the right, they can be limited so just the contact’s name shows up. You can do everything here from adding emoticon to transferring pictures, as well as browse Drive files and send a Meet request.
Notwithstanding being exceptionally recognizable to long-lasting Gmail clients, it’s a productive method to converse with different individuals at the same time. For instance, it’d be advantageous to have one Room in the main screen and different docked windows, so that constant switching isn’t required.
Somewhere else, this new UI allows you to shrink the sidebar so that only profile avatars show up. The full one shows up as you hover over. The search field has been moved to the top bar, with “Active” just adjacent to it.
This Google Chat web upgrade isn’t generally turned out and showed up on a personal account. It very well may be essential for the organization’s plan for migrating personal Hangouts accounts to Chat prior to going to the enterprise customer.