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Google Workspace is now free for everyone


This may be confusing to some Google users, who have been using apps such as Gmail, Meet, and Docs for a while without paying a dime. But Google Workspace does have some extra features which were previously available only to paying customers. Making the switch to Workspace will give users a more integrated experience. They'll get smart suggestions in emails, and be able to show a document in a Google Meet call with one click. Spaces (coming this summer) will make Google Workspace a bit more like Slack.

Google updates Workspace with more features for hybrid work


Google on Wednesday announced a series of updates to Workspace, its productivity and collaboration platform, designed to erase boundaries between coworkers, regardless of their location. The tech giant also announced an expanded Google Meet hardware portfolio and interoperability with other conference room solutions. This ebook, based on the latest ZDNet / TechRepublic special feature, helps business leaders understand the trends and technologies that will define the workplace over the next five years. For the past year, Google has been taking steps to make its productivity suite more expansive and comprehensive. As workers merge their personal and professional tools and environments, in a new model of "hybrid work," Google is following suit.

Google opens up Workspace to consumers, announces new Spaces chat


Google announced changes to Workspace (formerly known at G Suite) and announced a new service called Spaces on Monday. Effective immediately, Google is opening up its unified Workspace experience to anyone with a Gmail account--and adding an individual Workspace paid account. Meanwhile Spaces is yet another collaborative environment that will sit alongside the "smart canvas" concept Google announced last month. Monday's announcements are just another step along Google's path of organizing its Google apps like Docs and Sheets into a more cohesive experience. Last October, Google announced that it was changing the name of Google G Suite to Google Workspace, and embarking upon cross-app collaboration. Google began the process with its paid Google's paid plans, leaving the transition of consumer offerings until later.

Google goes all-in on bringing AI to Workspace


Google and Microsoft are locked in a head-to-head competition to bring as much generative AI to their productivity services as possible. Only days ahead of Microsoft's "Future of Work" event, Google today announced a sweeping update to Workspace that will bring its generative AI models to virtually every part of its productivity suite, in addition to new developer solutions that will make Google's foundation models, including its 540 billion-parameter PaLM large language model for multiturn chats, available to developers through an API and new low-code tools. The caveats worth mentioning up front: For the time being, these new features will only be available for what Google calls "Trusted Testers." It's unclear when they will roll out to a wider audience. There's also no pricing information available yet, though it sounds like at least a subset of these features will be available to consumers -- including those on Google One plans. Basically, this is akin to Google's LaMDA announcements a few weeks ago: they sound great, but it'll be a while before you can try any of this in practice.

A new era for AI and Google Workspace - TechCity


For nearly 25 years, Google has built helpful products that people use every day -- from Search and Maps, to Gmail and Docs in Google Workspace. AI has been transformational in building products that have earned a valued place in people's lives. Across our productivity suite, advances in AI are already helping 3 billion users save more time with Smart Compose and Smart Reply, generate summaries for Docs, look more professional in meetings, and stay safe against malware and phishing attacks. We're now making it possible for Workspace users to harness the power of generative AI to create, connect, and collaborate like never before. To start, we're introducing a first set of AI-powered writing features in Docs and Gmail to trusted testers.