08 October 2020
Google has officially rebranded G Suite to Google Workspace. The goal behind the move is to offer a seamless user experience to professionals regardless of where they are working. It will offer a single place for people to communicate, work, and collaborate through direct integration with all of Google's office applications.
It is the biggest change that has been mentioned by Google. All popular services like Gmail, Calendar, Meet, Sheets, Slides, Docs, and Tasks will be accessible from a single place. This deep integration is currently limited to paying customers of the service but will come to all consumers in the coming months.
Google Workspace will allow users to create a group and add members for collaboration. One can even choose to create multiple groups and add members as per the need. Each group can be given a relevant name so that its purpose is clear to everyone instantly. If someone sends a Docs, Sheets, or Slides file in the group, it can be previewed directly in the same window without having to open it in a new tab.
There is support for @mention so that users can communicate with each other in an efficient manner. Whenever someone will get mentioned in a chat, there will be a chip showing important information related to that user. It will help others who do not know the person get familiar with them. There will also be quick actions like adding to contacts and contact via email, chat, or video call.
Gmail and Chat already support picture-in-picture video calling mode for improved productivity. This functionality is now expanding to Docs, Sheets, and Slides. It will also offer visible hints so that users can be aware if they are visible to someone through the camera on their phone or PC.
Other than new features, Google Workspace is further bringing a new brand identity. All of the app icons have now been redesigned and now show Google's logo colors. The biggest change is related to the iconic Gmail logo that has now been replaced. The envelope with Red color is gone and it is now simply the alphabet "M".