Google Workspace is getting a generative AI boost at the same time many other productivity suites are adding new features that allow users to streamline administrative tasks with just a prompt.
Following the visual redesign of Google Docs and the Google Bard announcement, these new AI features are the company’s latest attempt to bring more goodness to its most popular apps.
Features that will be available include:
- Compose, reply, summarize and prioritize your Gmail
- Brainstorming, reviewing, writing and rewriting in Docs
- Bring your creative vision to life with automatically generated images, audio, and video in Slides
- Pass raw data to insights and analytics through autocomplete, formula building, and contextual
- Sheet Categorization
- Generate new backgrounds and capture notes in Meet
- Enable workflows to get things done in Chat
Google announced in a blog post Tuesday its next frontier of AI support, which will encompass its Workspace suite, with support for Gmail, Docs, Slides, Sheets, Meet and Chat. The large number of script-based features will first be available to a set of English-based testers in the US throughout the year and then go public at a later date.
Like other AI generators, users will be able to enter their message within their workspace, like Docs and Gmail, and the AI will do the rest. Google uses examples that include “a busy HR professional who needs to create custom job descriptions, or a father writing the invitation to his son’s pirate-themed birthday party.” From there, you can edit or add additional prompts for more help.
You can also use the “I feel lucky” button in Gmail if you have a decent amount of content but just need help with its tone and style.
Google reiterates that its AI options are intended to be used as assistants and not as replacements for human functions. Workspace includes the ability to accept, edit, and change any AI-generated content. IT admins will also have the ability to set the parameters for how Google’s AI features work for their organizations.
Google also noted that it already helps more than 3 billion users with AI-powered features, including Smart Compose and Smart Reply for Gmail, a digest generator for Docs, plus security and privacy protection against malware and phishing attacks. .
Unlike other companies that have collaborated with AI brands like OpenAI to implement artificial intelligence in their systems, Google is committed to developing its own AI chatbot called Bard. While the system has yet to be released, the brand has recently introduced other AI-focused features, such as client-side encryption for Gmail. Google also told the New York Times in January that it plans to announce more than 20 AI-powered projects through 2023.