Google makes Hangouts video chat service more accessible

Google makes Hangouts video chat service more accessible

On Wednesday, tech giant Google said that has updated its Google Hangouts video chat service to make it more accessible. The update is being rolled out to Hangouts this week.

According to the announcement made by Google, the Hangouts update will enable people to use the service if they do not have a Google account.

Google further explained that any person can now join a Hangouts video call by being invited to it. The person making the request can invite a guest to a Hangouts video call by using Google Calendar. The receiver of the invitation simply has to click a link in the invitation to join the Hangouts video call.

The rollout of the Google Hangouts update implies that Google has essentially made it a lot easier for people to have a business meeting, or any other meeting, via the Hangouts video chat service. The move by Google follows the addition of a similar functionality by Microsoft’s Skype service in October.

In reference to the Google Hangouts update, Patrick Wynn -- a product manager for the Google for Work group -- said in a blog post that, as a result of the update, “joining a meeting should be as easy as walking into a room.” Wynn also said that the Hangouts update will enable users to “connect with teammates and get things done, while maintaining the control and security you need in a work environment.”

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