Notably, the new Google Chat web UI is similar to that of Chat in Gmail. The benefit of this is that it gives the user consistent and symmetry on Google Chat, across all apps.
According to the images shared by Google in the official blog, Google Chat users will now see tabs for files that are shared or tasks that need to be completed. The files and tasks tab will be shown at the top of the room.
Moreover, similar to Gmail, Google Chat UI is getting the convenient side panel. This side panel can be accessed from the right side of the Google Chat app. Users can use the side panel to access apps like Calendar, Keep, Tasks, and Maps.
Google also revealed that it has removed the “Find people or rooms” search bar. Now, it is replaced by a “+” button, which is available on the left side navigation menu.
Google Chat users can now make use of the search bar at the top if they are looking for content across all rooms and direct messages (DMs).
Google Chat and Rooms sections are now static on the left side navigation menu
You simply need to click on the search button placed at the top right corner of the room/DM, then you can search for content in the search bar.
Good thing is that the Chat and Rooms sections are now static on the left side navigation menu. This makes it easy to scroll through each section on Google Chat. Besides, you can also adjust the height of each section as per your requirement.
Additionally, Google Chat is also getting a toggle button that allows for switching between full-screen view and pop-up view for both rooms and DMs. This is done to make multi-tasking between conversations easier.
Finally, Google Chat integration with Google Meet is finally here. You can now directly place a call from Google Chat. Note that chat.google.com will now redirect you to mail.google.com/chat.
As noted in the official blog, users can still continue to use chat.google.com to access Chat. All the end-users will receive these new features and Google Chat UI changes.
There aren’t any admin controls for any of the changes, and all features will be enabled via a server-side update from Google. The rollout will begin on March 24, 2021, and will be available to all Google Workspace customers, as well as G Suite Basic and Business customers.