It's a solid, free video chat app that's built into Gmail and Google Calendar, making it the simplest way to jump on a call with colleagues.Its text chat is basic, much like the older IM-style Google Talk app, but Hangouts' high-quality videos with 25 participants more than made up for that.If you want to share your screen, Meet will let you share your full desktop or choose one app to share.

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Fun Fact: For now, Google Calendar includes a standard Hangouts link that'll open at with the old interface.

If your colleagues click that link, they'll join the call using the old Hangouts—and they'll join in your Meet call just the same.

Recently, Google split text chat off into a brand new app that has more in common with Slack than IM, along with a redesigned version of of their video chat. It's much the same as Hangouts—in fact, it appears to be using the very same backend service, just on a different domain and with a refreshed UI. You'll book appointments first in Google Calendar, then open meet.and jump on the call when it's time.

For the most part, Meet is the same as Hangouts' video calls—only with a fresh new design focused just on video chat.

Then, with integrations from apps like Quick Books, Box, and Zapier, you can send notifications about new data into your team chat and build your own bots without coding.

It's coming later this year, with web and mobile apps, and will be Google's biggest push into team communications in years.You can't start a call directly from Meet yet—but you can schedule a video call in Google Calendar, and join it from Meet. You'll see a list of your upcoming meetings as in the top screenshot on this article.Tap the correct meeting, then join the video call much as you would for a standard Hangouts video.Google Meet worked well in our tests—much the same as traditional Hangouts.Its only problem is is the same: It drains your battery and kicks in your laptop's fans on longer calls.Over Google's history, the company has launched over a dozen voice and text chat apps.