Google in an attempt to compete with workplace chat solutions like Slack and Microsoft Teams has updated its chat tool, Hangouts.
The Google Hangouts Chat Messaging platform enables easier collaboration in enterprises, company says.
The plan is that later in the year, G Suite customers will benefit from full integration with Dropbox, giving users the ability to create (as well as edit) Google Docs, Sheets and Slides files within Dropbox.
Hangouts Chat is available from the web browser, or from iOS and Android apps. Over the past year, we've been focusing on how we can solve this problem for individuals and teams by delivering a unified home for work. Each Hangouts Chat virtual room can support up to 8,000 team members who can collaborate with each other in 28 different languages.
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"Dropbox users will be able to create, open, edit, save, and share Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides directly from Dropbox", the release said.
And the Hangouts Chat integration will facilitate searching for, and sharing, Dropbox files within a hangout. Google shared the news in a blog entry.
Hangouts Chat is now available after months of beta testing with companies enrolled in its Early Adopter Program.
With millennials projected to constitute 75 percent of the US workforce by 2025, Google should benefit from the younger generation's familiarity with Gmail, Hangouts and its other cloud platforms, said Alaa Saayed, an analyst with Frost & Sullivan, based in San Antonio.
Google Google Hangouts Chat on the smartphone. A so-called Quick Access to Drive feature for instance suggests files or content that a user might need for a meeting based on activity in the users Google Drive and the information in their documents.