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Serious question, given that this solution appears to be: 1) based around Google Hangouts, and 2) targeted at enterprise customers:

Does using it require Google Plus?




Using Google Hangout video on my corporate Google Apps account requires G+, so I'm willing to bet top dollar that this does.


It requires a Google account. There is no such thing as Google Plus account.


It's not so simple in this case.

If you were to start a hangout via Gmail from your Google Apps account, you get a dumbed down version that doesn't support features like screensharing and up to 15 people.

You would need to use an account that has G+ connected and start the hangout from the hangouts app or from G+. So I think yes, you would need a G+ account to use this unless Google changes that.


Well sure. But when you start using services that require some kind of G+ opt-in then all of a sudden my Google account has a presence in Google Plus land - which is something I may not want my employees to have associated with their Google Apps accounts.


True enough, but you don't have to active G+ on your Google Account.


You're being that guy. Don't be that guy.


Exactly my question. I could do away with some awful solutions, but I don't want to merely switch to different awful problems.


My company has been using Google Apps for a while, uses Hangouts for videoconferencing, and the worst problem I've had is getting (1) a reminder to add a profile picture and (2) a pointless "What's Hot" email.

So not really sure what awful problems you expect to pick up.


Well, we already have all the SSO and authentication that we need in our current setup, so having to overlay another set of credentials could be a humongous hassle, especially since the people using the conference rooms are very non-technical.

I love Google Apps, don't get me wrong, but it wouldn't be fitting in my current environment. :-)

(We might just be able to set up "dummy" accounts that nobody ever notices or deals with directly; still very intrigued by this)


Are you worried about employee having a second password for Google Apps? There is SAML integration available to enable SSO.


Yeah, and it works pretty well. I'm more worried about having to ever explain that Google is interrelated at all, since that could cause confusion. It's hard enough with one account.

In a more technically-savvy organization, I'd definitely just integrate more closely with Google Apps and be happy.


It looks like you can access it via UberConference or Vidyo, but a Gmail account is strongly encouraged.




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