Google expands Hangouts for greater cloud collaboration

News Jane McCallion Nov 16, 2012
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Cloud-based video conferencing service can now hold 15 participants at a time, search giant announces

Google has increased the number of people who can be added to Google+ Hangouts by 50 per cent to allow users to collaborate more easily.

Google+ Hangouts allow people to communicate face-to-face with friends, family or colleagues around the world via a cloud-based video conferencing service.

Users can also collaborate on documents hosted in Google Docs while in conference.

The previous maximum number of participants in any call was 10, but Google has now increased that to 15.

As well as being suitable for enterprise, the internet giant also claims the updated Google+ Hangouts is optimised for schools and government users.

“Until now, Google+ has only been available to verified higher education institutions. Now, any school using Google Apps for Education can enable Google+ and access the same features that businesses and government can,” said Ronald Ho, product manager of Google Apps, in a blog post.

Google said the new features will be rolling out to Apps for Business, Education and Government over the coming days.