February 8, 2017
Last year, Google launched the ability to create and share short links to Hangouts group chats. This allows your team to opt-in to a chat, rather than having to invite people one by one. Today, Google is streamlining how you create group chats to make it easier to create group chats for projects or teams. In the improved flow, naming your group chats is easier when you are creating a group chat. Once the group chat has a name, this allows you to create "placeholder" group chats which you can then share with a link
These improvements will be available in all three Hangouts user interfaces on the web. In Gmail, a "+" button will be available next to your contacts list in Hangouts. In hangouts.google.com and in the Chrome extension, you'll see a "New conversation" option. By clicking "New group" or "New conversation" you can name the group, start adding members, or both.