The entire G Suite team has been working on this project for about a year, though it fast-tracked the Gmail and Google Meet integration, which was initially scheduled to be part of the new release, as part of its response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Google has a lot of different apps and services. They are one of the most in-demand platforms nowadays, especially with our “new normal” system where almost all meetings, events, and the likes are digital.
And because of lots of various apps and services, it confuses the users. Sometimes it can be a little challenging to get them all to play nicely with each other. Thankfully, the company is working out an extensive redesign for Gmail that better integrates Chat, Rooms, and Meet with its incredibly popular Gmail clients.
Google has launched a significant update to its G Suite productivity tool, with deep integration of Gmail, Chat, Meet and Rooms on the web and mobile.
Aside from that, the update also incorporates other tools they own like Calendar, Docs, Spreadsheets and Slides. This integration will become available in the G Suite early adopter program, with a broader roll-out coming very soon. Google is also trying to make specific collaboration tasks a little easier, as reported by The Verge. The distinction between Chat and Rooms, for example, is a bit blurred until you realize Rooms are meant to be more persistent spaces to discuss projects.
Worry no more. News claimed that the company is now adding lightweight versions of other G Suite products to Rooms. Each Room will have its areas for assigned tasks and files so you can organize every group you have.
The new update for Gmail and G Suite looks very useful. And it seems that the company might have finally nailed the chat experience with this big news.
Just as Microsoft is leveraging its Office 365 dominance to get its users to adopt Teams, Google is leveraging Gmail’s popularity to push its collaboration tools.
For G Suite customers who want to live inside Google’s ecosystem of tools fully, the new alliances could make it easier for them to organize their shared work. For everybody else, it might end up being a set of unpopular add-ons that are increasingly hard to avoid.
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