Google hopes to make Gmail your new “office place” by integrating email, chat and meeting functions into a browser window and mobile application. In other words, the company will maintain separate applications for messaging and video calls, while Google Chat will test the redesign of the web client.
Today’s Google Chat can be used for paid Workspace customers, and personal accounts (if invited) can be accessed per session. The current web interface is a side drawer grouped by fixed, chat (single user or group messages), room and robot. The selected conversations are shown on the right, and are used in a fairly standard chat application layout.
The redesign process is roughly the same, but simplified to the left panel, only showing “chat”
Docked at the bottom of the screen (starting from the right), they can be minimized so that only the contact’s name is displayed. You can do everything here, from adding emojis to uploading images, and browsing Drive files and sending meeting requests.
In addition to being very familiar with long-term Gmail users, it is also an effective way to talk to multiple people at the same time. For example, it is very convenient to have a “room” and multiple docked windows in the main screen, so that there is no need to switch constantly.
Elsewhere, this new user interface allows you to shrink the sidebar to show only the profile picture. When you hover the mouse, the complete one will be displayed. The search field has been moved to the top bar, next to “Activity”.
This redesign of the Google Chat network was not widely promoted and appeared in personal accounts. This may be part of the company’s plan to migrate personal Hangouts accounts to chat rooms before attracting corporate customers.
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