My organization is a part of G Suite, and our main domain has the classic Hangouts enabled. We're using it combined with applications such as Trillian, Miranda, Pidgin, Adium and other chat clients, for internal communication.
We're also using Hangouts from within our Gmail window, every now and then.
Seeing how Google announced that some changes will take place on the 16th of April 2019, I was wondering if any of them will affect the way we're using Hangouts now. That is to say:
will we still be able to use the chat clients (Trillian, Miranda, Pidgin, Adium, etc) like we're doing right now?
will we be able to search through the chat history from within our Gmail account, like we are now (e.g.
"john smith" label:chats)?
will the chat messages be stored within our Gmail account indefinitely, or will there be a time/number of messages/character limit?
will they be exportable via Google TakeOut?
I've read the official information posted by Google, but I'm unable to understand the majority of it, and how / if it will affect the functionality my team and I are relying on at the moment.