Ever because the coronavirus pandemic struck, the definition of labor has modified, and corporations like Google, Slack, Zoom, and Microsoft needed to transfer rapidly to adapt to a a lot greater work-from-home drive. Google has already launched tons of options to make distant work simpler (shamelessly advertising as much in Gmail), however now it has additionally determined that it is time for a rebranding. It is paid enterprise work instrument assortment G Suite is now Google Workspace, and it packs a slew of recent icons and much more distant collaboration options.
Probably the most seen change no matter whether or not or not you are a G Suite buyer is the up to date model id, full with new icons for the corporate’s core productiveness instruments: Gmail, Drive, Maintain, and Calendar at the moment are all comprised of Google’s signature model colours that we have seen in lots of different app icon redesigns. Docs, Slides, and Sheets have obtained a lot subtler updates. It is unclear if these new icons shall be out there to folks not paying for Google Workspace, and we reached out to Google to make clear.
Google Workspace is not only a rebranding, although; it additionally brings a couple of new options alongside. For one, the revamped Gmail experience that Google teased in July is now out there for everybody. It permits you to keep in Gmail for something associated to Google you possibly can think about, together with doc modifying, Chat, Meet, calendar, challenge administration, and many others.
There are additionally a couple of smaller adjustments that make collaborating throughout totally different Google merchandise simpler, together with:
- Linked previews: Accessible right now, linked previews in Docs, Sheets, and Slides permit customers to preview the content material of a hyperlink with out leaving the unique doc, saving time switching between apps and tabs, and permitting extra time to get work performed.
- Good chips in Docs, Sheets, and Slides: Starting to roll out right now, once you @point out somebody in a doc, a popup will show particulars offering context and even counsel actions like sharing the doc. By connecting customers to related content material and folks proper in Docs, Sheets and Slides, Google Workspace helps customers get extra performed from the place they already are.
- Doc creation in rooms: Within the coming weeks, Google Workspace will allow customers to dynamically create and collaborate on a doc (Docs, Sheets, Slides) inside a room in Chat, with out ever having to change tabs or instruments. It will scale back complexity and assist guarantee all workforce members have visibility into related challenge work.
- Meet picture-in-picture throughout Docs, Sheets and Slides: Again in July, Google introduced it’s bringing Meet picture-in-picture to Gmail and Chat, so customers can see and listen to the folks they’re working with whereas collaborating. Within the coming months, Google will roll out Meet picture-in-picture to Docs, Sheets, and Slides, which means customers will get the good thing about these nonverbal cues that include truly seeing somebody’s face when collaborating in actual time.
When you suppose that every one of this does not have an effect on you anyway since you are not utilizing G Suite, don’t be concerned: Google says that in “the approaching months we’ll even be bringing this new expertise to shoppers to assist them do issues like arrange a neighborhood group, handle a household funds, or plan a celebration utilizing built-in instruments like Gmail, Chat, Meet, Docs, and Duties,” so keep tuned.
Whereas the G Suite web site continues to be stay, it now solely permits you to join the brand new Workspace, which has its personal web site over at workspace.google.com. Google Workspace may even be out there to G Suite for Schooling and G Suite for Nonprofits organizations within the coming months.