Tech giant, Google, has announced it will be redesigning and rebranding its primary office apps which collectively went by the name G-Suite to Google Workspace.
Google Workspace will comprise Gmail, Docs, Meet, Sheets, and Calendar. They will also be receiving new features that aim to improve their user experience.
Google said in a statement, “Whether you’re returning to the office, working from home, on the frontlines with your mobile device, or connecting with customers, Google Workspace is the best way to create, communicate, and collaborate.”
Google Workspace will include a feature that allows users to dynamically create and collaborate on a document while hosting guests in a Chat room.
Google said, “This makes it easy to share content and directly work together with those outside your organization, and ensure that everyone has access and visibility to the same information.”
The company added that it will soon roll out Meet picture-in-picture to Docs, Sheets, and Slides in the coming months; this will enable users to see each other in a video call while collaborating on a document.
Google also announced additional efficiency measures that will make it easier for users to get their work done quickly. Such features include inline preview of links in Docs, Sheets, and Slides, without having to open them in a new tab.
Users can also mention people with an “@” tag in a document, a smart chip will show their contact details – including for users outside your organisation.
This smart chip will also provide context about the user, and go ahead to suggest actions such as adding the person to your Contacts list or sending them an email, chat, or video.
These new experience has been made available immediately to paying customers; free users will have to wait a few more months.
Pricing remains largely the same, albeit the company has introduced an $18 per user per month Business Plus plan, with additional security features and compliance tools.