Instant messaging video chat and IM platform Hangouts is set to join Google Business Suite as part of the company’s efforts in improving Chromebox for meetings video conference features. Google plans to offer software bundles to its business customers, since they prefer to purchase full suite of products instead of apiece according to Rajen Sheth, director of product management for Chrome Business.
Google is known as one of the pioneers of email and messaging services. However, today, the company is making subsequent moves to also improve and expand its Google services for business communication and collaboration platforms. As part of the Google Apps for Business, Hangouts will now run under Google’s service-level agreement (SLA)—with 99.99% uptime, 24/7 technical support and other certifications.
It is compatible with all Google account types; henceforth, a Google+ Profile is not a prerequisite anymore. Aside from enhanced video conferencing experience, Chromebox for meetings new features will allow users to connect two monitors to one Chromebox, make dial outs, and remotely control it from a Google Apps Admin Console.
Additional features of Hangouts include H.323 or SIP-based videoconferencing and InterCall for easy participation using audio bridge, in partnership with cloud-based video conferencing service provider, Blue Jeans.
Chromebox for meetings is now available in the following countries: US, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, France, Japan, and the UK.