Google Hangouts Chat is a new messaging and collaboration app available to Boise State students, faculty and staff. Hangouts Chat is a messaging platform primarily built for teams and groups, although it also can be used to message 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.
Twenty-eight languages currently are supported in Hangouts Chat, and each chat room can have up to 8,000 participants.
“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.
Information on how to use Hangouts Chat is available through the G Suite Learning Center on Google’s website. You also can download the Hangouts Chat Cheat Sheet for a quick reference guide 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.