As Google prepares to replace Google Talk with Google+ Hangouts, customers expect to benefit from the improved audio/video quality and features that Hangouts offer over Talk.
There are very good reasons why Google+ Hangouts are OFF by default in Google Apps for Business (Gov and Edu, too). Before you turn on Google+ Hangouts, understand the current ramifications.
- Preview Mode: Google+ Hangouts are not yet officially released and, as such, get “best effort” support as opposed the technical support under the Terms of Service.
- Incompatibility: Google+ Hangouts are not compatible with Google Apps Vault. Any organization that plan on using Vault, or that may need to use Vault, should not opt-in to Google+ Hangouts.
- Data Location: Google Apps customers under data location restrictions cannot opt-in to Vault.
- No Enterprise Controls: These controls are not yet available for Google+ Hangouts at this time. As such, there are no warnings for users when chatting outside the domain and there is no way to block users’ chat status outside of the domain.
Google advises enterprise environments to continue using Google Talk for instant messaging, voice, and video conferencing.
Cumulus Global shares this recommendation, as the implications of adding Google+ Hangouts is not fully understood. Organizations interested in a test domain may contact us for assistance.