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This article was published on November 19, 2015

Google for Work now lets anyone join a Hangout without an account

Google for Work now lets anyone join a Hangout without an account
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Google is rolling an update for Hangouts this week that should remove some of the frustration felt when attempting to join a call, at least for Google for Work users.

Essentially, the change will allow you to join a call simply by clicking a link – no logging in or providing a Google account. Click a link, and you’re in.

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Naturally, the presenter retains control of who can or can’t enter the conversation and gets a prompt to accept or reject the entry when someone clicks the link.

It’s a useful inclusion that should make it a whole lot for business users to have ad-hoc calls with clients or colleagues, it’s just a shame that the same option doesn’t exist for free users.

A spokesperson told TNW that it has no plans to bring it to the free offering.

➤ Meetings made simple with guest access [Google for Work]

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