Google is killing off its present Google Chat app this month and making it a Chrome-based Progressive Net App (PWA) that behaves like a local desktop app.
Google issued the alert to its clients utilizing Workspace, the workplace productiveness suite beforehand referred to as G Suite.
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“In the event you or your customers are nonetheless utilizing the previous model of desktop Google Chat, you must improve to the brand new desktop Chat app earlier than March 30 to attenuate any potential disruption,” Google notes on its Workspace updates blog.
PWAs are a helpful approach of distributing desktop apps on Home windows 10 gadgets via Google’s Chrome browser.
Microsoft began pushing Workplace apps like Phrase and Excel to Home windows 10 customers as PWAs final 12 months as the corporate was creating its Chromium-based Edge browser.
“At this time, Microsoft Edge Legacy desktop software help formally ends, and it’ll now not obtain future safety updates,” Microsoft’s Edge workforce stated.
Google has been warning Chrome customers since February that they should set up the PWA model of Chat for a local desktop expertise. Alternatively, Chat customers can simply use Chrome on the web site chat.google.com, or use Chat inside Gmail, if the Workspace admin has allowed it.
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Customers have to be on Chrome 73 or later. Google’s newest model of Chrome from the secure channel is model 89. Chrome 90 must be launched this week and Google just lately minimize its replace cycle from six weeks to 4 weeks.
Google has been transferring Google Hangouts customers over to Google Chat and is making Chat a free service untethered from paying Google Workspace subscriptions.
The brand new Chat app is obtainable in Gmail and as a standalone app. The Chat app is carrying throughout most of the options acquainted to Hangouts.