Google is redesigning its Productivity Suite from G Suite to Google Workspace. The new brand includes Gmail, Docs, Meet, Sheets and Calendar and includes some new features as Google focuses on working from home.
Along with rebrand, Google is reviewing the Google Workspace interface. The idea is to stay in one place instead of having to change tabs all the time. For example, Chat (also known as Google Chat, formerly Hangouts Chat) can create new documents that everyone in the group can use without the need for any other tab.
Similarly, Google Docs can create a video chat window so you can collaborate on the document. If you’ve ever tried to edit a document while someone else was editing it, it’s a great blessing. In the same way, you can move an existing meeting from apps. If you started in Gmail, you can drag it to Spreadsheets or Documents.
All this follows previously similar features from Google, for example when the integrated Google Meet in Gmail. But the ideas go further, with features like “smart chips” that retrieve contact information when you use the @ symbol to name someone in a document.
Some of the features are available from today for Google Workspace subscribers, while others will be available in the coming months. New icons for associated are rolling out, and currently the new tight integration is a web-based business. But we will see how far Google takes its new online concept for work offices in the future.