Google is adding a new button to Google Calendar events on cell and the net that may instantly open a chat with assembly attendees. Google launched its rebranded model of Hangouts Chat to prospects earlier this 12 months and has slowly added extra options to the principle Gmail touchdown web page, together with its Zoom-like Google Meet video chat.

The brand new Chat button seems subsequent to the attendee checklist in a Calendar occasion. Beforehand, Google solely supplied the power to e mail attendees a couple of assembly, however because the firm has carefully built-in Chats and Gmail — seemingly to popularize Chats — this new addition is sensible. You can begin a chat earlier than, throughout, or after the assembly with attendees, and the characteristic will likely be toggled on by default.

The brand new Chat button seems subsequent to Google’s authentic e mail button on calendar occasions.
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It’s value noting, although, the automated group chats “only [apply] to participants within your organization, external attendees are not included in the chat group,” Google writes in a submit. So some individuals is perhaps spared (or miss, whichever you favor) the additional messages.

Google clearly needs you to make use of its messaging apps, regardless of what its complicated, ever-changing technique would possibly counsel. It is perhaps annoying to be funneled in direction of Chat in yet one more part of Google’s software program suite, however for anybody who’s dedicated themselves to Google Workspace — or been pressured to take action by their employer — right here’s some added comfort.


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