Google has announced that it is rebranding G Suite to Google Workspace for business customers. Integral to the Workspace experience is Google Chat, which provides a means of business communications with colleagues in a similar vein as Slack, Microsoft Teams, and Mattermost.

What is Google Chat?
Google Chat is a secure communications tool designed to provide easy business communications within the Google Workspace ecosystem.

With Google Chat, teams collaborate via text, build collaborative chat rooms, share documents, deliver presentations, and establish web conferences.

In this post, we look at the following:

Collaboration options from Google
Google Chat pricing
Google Chat integrations
Is Google Chat right for your organization?
Collaboration Options from Google
When it comes to team collaboration, Google has several important apps in its ecosystem. Here’s a breakdown of how each works.

1 – Google Chat
Google Chat was called Hangouts Chat and worked as a more business-oriented version of the consumer Hangouts. Google Chat expands on the features of the standard version of Hangouts by adding a plethora of team collaboration features and integrations.

How do I use Google chat?
Google Chat is easily accessible in Google Workspace. To access it, use the Google app launcher button in any Workspace application.

How do I use Google chat?
The app launcher appears as a gridded set of dots along the upper right-hand side of your screen. Click this grid, and a series of apps, including Gmail, Calendar, Contacts, and Drive, will appear. Chat will typically appear on the second line.

Once selected, a list of people that you can chat with will be populated along the left side of the screen.

It’ll also provide you with data like presence information and whether specific colleagues are online. Click on the name to begin a conversation. Type in the intended message and click the send button, which is shaped like a triangle, to send.

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