Today, Google unveiled a number of updates to its Workspace performance apps aimed at making it easier for remote teams to work. Among the features announced on Company I / O event text summaries of chat conversations are automatically generated to help team members stay on the same page.
The summary feature was introduced in February in the Google Docs word processing tool, where it is used to generate an overview of text in a document. The company today expanded the summaries to Workspace Spaces, which allow chats and file sharing for a specific purpose, such as a specific team or project.
Summaries in Spaces selects and highlights the most important information from the chat and allows users to quickly jump to the right place in the chat history.
“You’ll be able to see a useful collection of the most relevant information, solutions and actions from space without having to read every missed message,” said Drew Rooney, product leader for Gmail and Google Chat, before the announcement. “You can click to go directly to the part of the conversation that is most important to you, so you can easily delve into the details, stay up to date and catch up quickly.”
The feature is set to launch in the coming months for English-language Workspace customers using Business, Enterprise, Education, Essentials and Frontline.
Google also plans to introduce automated transcriptions of Meet calls to allow team members to make up for missed meetings. This feature should be released later this year, Google said. The summary function in Docs and Spaces will also be attached to the text of the transcription, although this will not arrive until 2023.
The Google Workspace team provides important features that streamline communication and collaboration without interfering, and builds a story that better communicates their efforts to provide, in Google’s words, “equality of collaboration,” said Wayne Kurzman, director. of research at IDC.
He said the Workspace updates show that Google is focused on streamlining work, collaboration and communication for teams, while adding features that meet the expectations of technically savvy workers.
“This is true for both internal teams and working with partners, suppliers and customers – a rapidly growing need and expectations in doing business,” said Kurzman.
Google’s artificial intelligence technology is applied to Workspace applications in a variety of ways. To improve the quality of conversations, the new “portrait recovery” and “portrait light” capabilities use machine learning to deal with common problems caused by poor connectivity and low light, while “reverberation” automatically extinguishes the echo which users encounter in certain rooms or spaces.
The restoration of the portrait will come in the Business Plus and Enterprise Plus subscriptions later this year; portrait light will be available in the coming months to customers of Business Standard, Business Plus and Enterprise Plus. And dereberration will also be available in the Business Plus, Enterprise Standard and Plus, Education Plus and Teaching & Learning Upgrade plans.
The live sharing feature will allow you to interact with various applications during video calls, such as YouTube and third-party platforms. Google has not immediately provided a timetable for when these third-party services will be available.
New security features are also on the way. The phishing and malware warning system currently available in Gmail will be expanded to protect other Workspace applications, such as Docs, Spreadsheets, and Presentations.
It is expected to be publicly available later this year.
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