support.apu.edu

Hangouts - What's changing.

Nothing if you don't want it to. Hangouts is currently available as an opt in option. So you can choose to use Hangouts or not. If you decide to try it, you can “revert to old chat” for the time being.

Not opting into Hangouts

Nothing changes for you. However given the way Google operates it's safe to say that Google will not let you keep the old chat for very long. This is currently an unknown. If and when we hear about the old chat going away we will Make it known to the APU community. 

 

Opting into Hangouts without Google+ profile

If you don't want a Google+ account with APU then upgrading to Hangouts will only give you the following benefits:

  • Access to the Hangouts iOS app for iPhone and iPad and iPod Touch. This will allow you to instant message with others using Google chat or Hangouts
  • Image and emoji support
  • Hangouts simplifies online status by adding a green line to the bottom of the profile picture.
    • The green bar indicates that people will be notified about new messages or video call invitations immediately.
    • No green bar: These people are likely on a mobile device, have Snooze Notifications enabled, or are idle on their computer. They will be notified about messages and video call invites, but they may not see it immediately

      hangouts_green_line.png
  • Contact list is replaced with list of people you've recently instant messaged. 
  • Searching for contacts no longer just searches the APU global address list instead searches everybody that has a Google+ profile

 

Opting into Hangouts with a Google+ profile

If you have a Google+ account with APU you can enjoy all the benefits Hangouts has to offer including:

  • Group video call meetings with up to 15 people including bridging in a phone (Cell or Land line)
  • Calendar meetings - Turn a normal meeting into a video call meeting where people join the video call from their calendars.
  • On the fly or scheduled web conferences
  • Share your screen for a live demo or presentation  
  • Real time Document collaboration over Hangouts video call.
  • Hangout instant message chat with image and emoji support
  • Hangout group chat. invite up to 100 people talk about anything.
  • iOS and Android support
  • Hangouts simplifies online status by adding a green line to the bottom of the profile picture.
    • The green bar indicates that people will be notified about new messages or video call invitations immediately.
    • No green bar: These people are likely on a mobile device, have Snooze Notifications enabled, or are idle on their computer. They will be notified about messages and video call invites, but they may not see it immediately

      hangouts_green_line.png
  • Contact list is replaced with list of people you've recently instant messaged. 
  • Searching for contacts no longer just searches the APU global address list. It searches everybody that has a Google+ profile

SOURCE MATERIAL:

https://support.google.com/hangouts/?hl=en#topic=2944848

 

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Last Updated: 11/12/15

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