Google Chat, Meet, and Hangouts General Information

Environment

U-M Google 

Issue

 What are the differences between Google Chat, Meet, and Hangouts? How can I get more information?

Resolution

Classic Hangouts: Google's original option for instant messaging and video calls, and the service has since been split into Chat and Meet instead of a central service. This service was retired July 15, 2020, and Chat has replaced Hangouts in Gmail.

Google Chat: Google Chat (formerly known as "Google Hangouts Chat") is an evolution of the classic Google Hangouts chat service, adding additional features that let U-M faculty, staff, and students chat with individuals, send group messages, and engage in team-based collaboration with rooms across the entire university community and externally. (Comparable to Slack and Microsoft Teams.)

Google Meet: Google Meet (formerly known as "Google Hangouts Meet") is a videoconferencing service allowing U-M faculty, staff, and students to connect and collaborate with live video, audio, and screen sharing. With Meet you can work from home or abroad and join meetings, conference calls, and group discussions from any computer or mobile device. (Comparable to BlueJeans and Zoom.)

 For more information, see Google Chat and Google Meet features which goes into a deeper comparison of the services.

Additional Information

Support Articles

U-M Documentation

Google Documentation

Details

Article ID: 1066
Created
Mon 4/20/20 8:38 AM
Modified
Thu 7/16/20 3:09 PM