After opening Google Workspace to all Gmail users, last June, the Mountain View firm continues to expand its offering with new features to meet the challenges posed by hybrid work. Gmail becomes the focal point of Workspace communication tools
Google wants to facilitate communication through its services. Thus, it will soon be possible to call someone in a Google Meet directly from the Gmail app: “This will ring the device running the Gmail mobile app and send a call chip to our chat on the associated laptop so that people can easily answer from any device,” says the company.
This announcement illustrates Mountain View’s plans for its messaging, which becomes the focal point for all communications services it offers. Indeed, the firm also said that Spaces, its tool for participating in discussion groups, would now be open to all Workspace users and available directly from Gmail: “With Spaces, teams can share ideas, collaborate on documents, and manage tasks from one place. Because all of their work is kept for future reference, team members can easily step in and contribute at a time that suits them best while having a complete history of conversations, context, and content.”
Hardware designed for hybrid work
In addition, Google has announced the arrival of the ” Companion Mode, “which allows you to join a video conference on Google Meet from your laptop while muting the sound of the main room and thus avoid audio interference.
The Mountain View firm also presented new devices to improve videoconferencing, such as the Google Meet Series One Desk 27, a touch screen with a USB-C port and which can also serve as an external screen for a laptop.
“We’re excited to bring these new Google Workspace experiences and devices to our customers, but we’re also aware that hybrid work will be a learning and adaptive journey for every organization,” the company concludes.