Google brings multiple Workspace updates to make collaboration easier


Google Smart Canvas

Google Smart Canvas

Although the saying goes that old dogs can’t change new tricks, Google Docs and Sheets (now expanded to Google Workspace), which have a history of 15 years, still have a lot of new features waiting to be added.Google introduced 12 new features on Google I/O, The most important one is called “Smart Chips”, which allows you to insert other people or document information through “@”. In addition to immediately seeing the other person’s job title and contact information, you can also preview these inserted Document, no need to leave the document at all. This feature is currently online in Docs and is expected to come to Sheets in the next few months.

Google Smart Canvas

Google Smart Canvas

For Docs, Google’s main addition is a “non-paged mode”, so that documents are no longer based on “paper”, but can freely adjust the width of the document to adapt to various display methods, and make tables and pictures unaffected. Limited to the concept of paper. Of course, you can still switch it back to the paging mode for easy conversion to PDF or printing out. In addition, Google Docs will know how to recommend more neutral terms (for example, use Chairperson instead of Chair), provide template forms, connect to the calendar when discussing assignments, and connect to Google Tasks when creating a list of work items. Docs will also add Emoji response functions in the next few months.

In the Sheets section, a timeline overview mode has been added. For some time-sensitive files, they can be displayed in a more appropriate way. The spreadsheet itself will also increase the use of equation suggestions to help users discover more information from the data.

Google Smart Canvas

Google Smart Canvas

In Google Chat, team members can now directly create and edit Docs and Sheets files, and Slide will come in the next few weeks; and in Docs, Sheets, and Slides, you can now directly display the files at work. On Google Meets, and this fall, Google is preparing to integrate Meets directly into the web version of Docs, Sheets, and Slides, so that you can directly see the collaborators on the side of the file, and modify the file while talking. Although the connection direction and the application used are different, these connection methods can make the way of document collaboration more diversified. Speaking of Meet, it currently provides real-time subtitles in five languages. In the future, in addition to providing more languages, it will also begin to introduce real-time translation of real-time subtitles. The first wave will be translated from English to Spanish, Portuguese, French and German. , More language pairs will be added in the future.

Google collectively refers to these new functions as “Smart Canvas”. In addition to increasing the functions of individual applications in Workspace, it also makes collaboration easier and helps companies adapt to the new era of flexible office in the post-epidemic era.

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