Earlier this year in March, Google announced that Google Talk (also known as Gchat) would be shutting down and that users will be migrated to Hangouts. This is expected to take place on the 26th of June, which was yesterday, meaning that if you did not make the transition to Hangouts yourself, you will find yourself unceremoniously swapped over.
To be fair Gchats has been around since 2005 which means that it is more than a decade old, meaning that it really doesn’t come as a surprise that Google would want users to move onto newer software and services. However at the same time the switch to Hangouts is a bit weird especially since Hangouts is now focused more on enterprise users.
Alternatively if you’d rather not use Hangouts, Google does have Allo that users can turn to for an instant messenger platform, that is unless you are an enterprise user and Hangout’s new “Meet” and “Chat” platforms are something you can see yourself and your company using in the future.
We’re not sure why Google is continuously launching new messenger platforms, and as The Verge points out, in addition to Hangouts and Allo, Google also has Duo, Android Messages, and Voice as more alternatives in case these weren’t enough.
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