Google has been undeviatingly announcing G Suite updates such as AI grammar suggestions in Google Docs, streamlined 2-step verification, new Tasks features, and shortcuts in order to make Google Doc and Sheet creation faster. Google today announced its newest batch of G Suite changes today at the Cloud Next 19 event. The updates include features such as Google Assistant integration. But, it is still in beta and primarily works with Calendar. G Suite customers can now ask their Assistant when and where a meeting is scheduled. Google Assistant has worked with Calendar, but only just on personal accounts. It was an obvious and glaring omission from G Suite.
There are changes for Hangout Meet and Hangout Chat. Users can opt for automatic live captions using Google’s speech recognition technology in Hangout Meet video calls. Users will soon be able to publicly live stream video meetings. Google is also offering Hangout Chat into Gmail. Moreover, Gmail had chat integrated, Hangout Chat is G Suite’s more robust Slack alternative and users will be able to access it from their desktops.
Google has also made it possible to edit in real-time in Microsoft Office. Users will be able to work on Office files in G Suite without having to convert file types. G Suite now allows users to add metadata to any file in Drive to make searching for files and data easier. Google is also making it easier for G Suite customers to search 3rd-party data sources such as Salesforce from Cloud Search, expanding the data capabilities of Sheets, offering a cloud telephone service. It gives users a phone number that works from any device and more. Google will expand G Suite’s Add-ons to work with more 3rd-party apps, including Copper, Workfront, and Box in the coming months.