Hangouts for the desktop gets full-view screen sharing

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This next update will be HUGE for those who work in the IT department for their company. Hangouts for the desktop, will be receiving an update that will allow full-view screen sharing between users. Although I don’t work for my employer’s IT department, I’m like the red-headed step-child that helps out, and this feature would work wonders for fixing simple issues.

Even if you don’t work in IT, but you are the family’s “nerd/geek”, this can help solve those issues your Grandma keeps having while she’s halfway across the country. It seems that Google is more focused on having Hangouts be more useful in the conference room with employees in different locations.

Desktop Hangouts new button

Moving forward, when people using Hangouts present to meeting participants in ‘Present to everyone’ mode—or another participant pins someone who is screen-sharing—Hangouts participants will see two changes to the user interface:

  • The screen shared content will use as much visible area of the screen as possible. The thumbnail photos of meeting attendees will overlay the content at the bottom of the screen by default.
  • A new button will be added to the control bar at the top to allow participants to hide the thumbnail photos of meeting attendees as desired.

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