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G Suite migration from classic Hangouts to Hangouts Chat postponed until June 2020

Google has announced that the migration from classic Hangouts to Hangouts Chat for G Suite users (work and school accounts) is postponed from October 2019 to June 2020.  Migration of consumer users -- personal accounts, usually using an address -- will be after the migration of G Suite users.
"Phase 4" of the migration process for G Suite users will be in "late 2020". At that time all remaining classic Hangouts G Suite users will be moved to Hangouts Chat and G Suite users won't be able to use classic Hangouts. But "no changes will be made to the consumer version of classic Hangouts. [Hangouts is] continuing to support consumers."

You can see the updated transition timeline here.

Update October 15, 2020: Migration from classic Hangouts to Chat will be in the first half of 2021.

In the meantime, Google will be working to improve the transition process, and adding new features to Hangouts Chat like Read receipts.

If you are a G Suite administrator and your organization would like to migrate to Hangouts Chat before that sooner than next June, you can request an invitation to the Accelerated Transition Program.

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