1:1 chat or a dedicated group workspace, Chat makes it easy to collaborate with your team in an organized way. Share and discuss Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides all in one place.
Direct messages are private conversations between you and other people. Once you create a direct message, you can't add people, so the conversation remains private.
With Chat, you can meet and brainstorm ideas with your team in rooms. Chat with your co-workers, share files and other online resources, and work together on team projects.
Learn more about rooms here: Create a room
Hangouts Chat is available for mobile devices (Android and iOS) so you can meet on the go! Download and install Hangouts Chat from the play store or the app store.