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The complexity of Google Chat groups is about to increase

New capabilities for Google Workspace’s Chat platform have been hinted at, with the goal of making the platform even more conducive to collaboration; nevertheless, this may cause some users more confusion.

At its Google Cloud Next ’22 presentation, the firm highlighted the upgrades, which include chat and sub-thread stacking and may be challenging for employees without a background in IT.

When there were just 400 people in a Google Chat room, it was useless for communicating with a large group. The limit has been raised from 2,000 to 8,000 in an effort to attract a wider audience to the app.

Update to Google Chat

Threads and comments on individual messages inside a space are new features that Google says will make it easier for “smaller groups of people” to sustain a conversation about a particular topic, but anybody acquainted with the Slack UI will find them immediately recognisable and useful.

Indicators like notification badges and direct “@” mentions are included in the effort to make the long-awaited feature user-friendly, but some users may still have trouble keeping up with alerts from different parts of the site because they are not aggregated in a single place.

We’re already used to the topical structure of Google’s chat groups, Spaces. The old format will be supported until early2023, after which the thread-based method will be the only available choice for brand new Spaces.

To avoid the “Slackification” of Google’s online collaboration tool, users should build your spaces before the thread takeover; nevertheless, Existing Spaces on the now “old” design will not be impacted.

All Google Workspace clients now have access to the service, even those on the original G Suite Basic and Business versions.