The Hangout or Hangout on Air (HOA) interface hides all the tools when you don't have your mouse moving around... That has been a problem in that we can't see when someone has left us a Group Chat message.
Now it is fixed in that we get an alert telling us that there is a new message waiting to be read in the Internal Chat Box.
This is a group chat area for filmstrip members only, not for chatting with people on the 'outside' viewing a HOA for example. It is a great place to have 'behind the scenes' conversations while a HOA show is going on, or to just have 'side' conversations while others are talking.
The images below show the alert. You can click on the alert to automagically open up the Group Chat window to see the message. Thanks for letting me know you saw this
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