Hangouts Meet is the business meetings version of Google's popular Hangouts messaging platform. The software supports impromptu video meetings on the go, virtual training classes, full-screen presenting and document sharing.
It's fully integrated with Google's G Suite, so users can join meetings directly from invites within Gmail and Calendar events, and the information from each is automatically added to Meet.
Google recently expanded access to the Hangouts Meet hardware to a total of 14 countries, allowing staff in the UK to collaborate with colleagues abroad. The search giant has also updated the hardware options to make the product work better for large rooms and more people.
The new large kit can accommodate up to 20 people and comes equipped with a Logitech PTZ Pro 2 camera that can capture details with 10x optical zoom, and lets users pan and tilt to focus on participants. Also on offer is a new standalone Meet speaker, which is designed to keep audio quality crisp in bigger rooms.
Hangouts Meet can be used in conjunction with Jamboard, another of Google's collaboration tools. This one is a cloud-based digital whiteboard. Users can drop images, add notes, and pull assets directly from the web on to Jamboard, while collaborating with team members from anywhere.
Jamboard has also been given a new feature called AutoDraw that auto-detects sketches made by users and then pairs them with images.