Google Inc (GOOG) To Aid IT Admins Manage Chat On Hangouts

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Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) (NASDAQ:GOOGL) has come with a plan to facilitate IT administrators with a feature that will enable them to manage chat history on Google Hangouts. The new feature will be added to both Google for Work and Google for Education.

More control to admin

The search giant is planning to introduce an admin option in Hangouts section to assist IT officials to not only preserve chat history of their employees for future references, but it also allow them to delete it forever.

The admins will be able to manage chat history by switching it on or off. But with the new feature, such settings of enabling or disabling a chat history would become admin-exclusive. The upcoming option will provide employees full flexibility to securely chat with anyone including people outside of their workplace. However, a participant having a chat history on would not be able to converse with a person for whom the chat history option is turned off. Further, the admins will be able to ensure that the conversations of their employees is safe and secure.

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Moreover, the company plans to reinforce Hangouts with its Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) (NASDAQ:GOOGL) App Vaults, an email-storing service, which would be sufficient for an organization of any scale to easily store chats and review them at any time, in the future. This could serve as a medium to protect critical information of businesses for continuity and regulatory purposes.

Along with this, Google is reportedly planning to introduce a new conferencing app called GMeet, which will bear some resemblance to Hangouts. With this new app, users will only need a click to enter a call on conference. Compared to other conferencing apps that require a user to add a phone number, GMeet allows consumers to decide a topic of discussion, and then sends invitations to join in the call. Also, this app will let users arrange for the conference calls.

Though, the motive of the company behind its efforts to launch another app just like Hangouts remains elusive. There is a slight chance that using GMeet, Google might seek to battle with other typical teleconferencing applications or this new app is just meant to be used for internal purposes as, for now, only Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) (NASDAQ:GOOGL) employees are able to use it. However, whatever the case, it seems like people will have to wait for further announcements to comment anything regarding the upcoming application.