New Google Chat Software

New Google Chat Software
Google is retiring the Hangouts Chat software and replacing it with a completely new application called Google Chat. The new software will be implemented in two phases. Next week, we will turn it on as the preferred chat program. The old https://hangouts.google.com will still work but you will see the new one as the default integrated into your email. You don't need to do anything to use it in your email. You can also optionally decide to use it in your web browser by installing it at https://support.google.com/chat/answer/9455386?hl=en. If you use the old Hangouts Chat on your phone, check for the new free Google Chat app and download it to your phone. 
 
Phase two will be later this school year when the old Google Hangout will be completely turned off for all TSD users.
 

Google Chat is a communication software developed by Google built for teams that provides direct messages and team chat rooms, similar to competitors Slack and Microsoft Teams, along with a group messaging function that allows Google Drive content sharing.​ 

 
If you want to turn on notifications for the new Chat in Google Chrome, follow the direction at https://support.google.com/chat/answer/9169357#browser