Google has announced Google Workspace that brings together Meet, Drive, Gmail, and Docs. This rebranding of G Suite comes empowered with more features to provide enterprise customers with everything they require to “get work done in one place” along with new ways to buy its productivity and collaboration tools.
Javier Soltero, Google Cloud’s Vice President and General Manager of Google Workspace, said the changes reflect the “end of the ‘office’ as we know it.” Google also announced the setting up of Google Cloud to better compete for enterprise customers against Zoom, Cisco’s Webex solution, and Microsoft Teams.
“They‘re playing to win in the enterprise,” said Tom Galizia, lead commercial partner for Deloitte Consulting’s Alphabet/Google alliance. “And this is a shot across the bow to say, ‘We are here, we’re here to play to win, and this is one of many things that we will do to bring an enterprise value that is unparalleled.’”
The “refreshed” offering of Google Cloud includes a new user experience that includes tools such as email, voice, chat, and video calling along with content management into a unified offering. The new features of Google Workspace include linked previews in Google Sheets, Slides, and Docs that allow users to preview a link’s content without leaving the original document so they don’t have to spend time switching between tabs and apps.
Google Cloud also announced it would bring Google Workspace to education and nonprofit customers in the coming months. G Suite for Nonprofits will continue to be available to eligible organizations through the Google for Nonprofits program. Education customers can continue to access tools via G Suite for Education including Gmail, Calendar, Drive, Docs, Sheets, Slides, Classroom, Assignments, and Meet.