Google’s new Hangouts Chat application is now available for Boise State students, faculty and staff.
Hangouts Chat is an expansion and enhancement of the classic Google Chat service that gives you the ability to message groups and teams, in addition to messaging others one-to-one.
With Hangouts Chat, you can upload items from Google Drive, collaborate on Google Docs, Sheets and Slides, and do group video chats in Hangouts Meet.
“Bots” are featured in Hangouts Chats. The @Meet bot interacts with Google Calendar to schedule meetings and events, while the @Drive bot notifies you if a file is shared, comments are added, or if others request access to documents. 28 languages are currently supported in Hangouts Chat, and each chat room can have up to 8,000 participants.
If you do use the Windows or Mac desktop app, you will need to manually sign in with your Boise State credentials each time you launch the app (this isn’t an issue with the mobile apps). Note that due to current account security issues the “app” for Windows and Mac will simply launch a web browser, so it really isn’t any different than browsing to chat.google.com.
Reference the Hangouts Chat Cheat Sheet to learn how to create chatrooms, send group messages, and use Google Drive files in chat.
For additional information about Hangouts Chat, contact the Help Desk at (208) 426-4357 or firstname.lastname@example.org.