Google has renamed its productivity app suite from G Suite to Google Workspace. The new branding includes Gmail, Documents, Meetings, Sheets and Calendars, as well as some new features as Google focuses on working from home.
Together with the rebranding, Google is redesigning the Google Workspace interface. The idea is to keep them in one place instead of constantly switching tabs. For example, Chat (also known as Google Chat, formerly Hangouts Chat) can create new documents for all members of the group without the need for another tab.
Similarly, Google Docs can create a video chat window so you can collaborate within the document. If you’ve ever tried to edit a document while someone else is doing an edit that violates your documents, this is a great boon. You can also move an existing meeting from apps. Once you get started in Gmail, you can transfer it to Sheets or Documents.
All of this follows previous similar steps taken by Google, for example when the Google Meet was integrated with Gmail. But the ideas go even further: features like “Smart Chips” bring up contact details when you use the @ symbol to mention someone in a document.
Some of the features are available to Google Workspace subscribers starting today, while others will be available in the next few months. New icons for the associated are introduced, and for now the new tight integration is a web-only affair. But we’ll see how far Google goes with its new online concept for work offices.