Google Docs, Meet updates give you new ways to do less work

Google has announced a bunch of new AI-enabled features for its desktop software suite that should help streamline business workflows.

speaking to Google I/O 2022CEO Sundar Pichai pointed out a feature introduced to Google Docs in February that allows users to generate summaries of long documents. The idea is to help people grasp the most important facts without having to read something in its entirety.

In the coming months, this functionality will be extended to Google Chat also, arming users with a bulleted list of the most salient moments in a conversation. The feature could be extremely useful for someone returning from vacation, for example, or for high-traffic group channels.

Finally, Google announced a new transcription feature for its video conferencing software, Meet, effectively eliminating the need to take minutes. There’s nothing particularly innovative here, but it’s an update that helps bridge the gap on the likes of Zoom and Microsoft Teams.

A screenshot of Google IO 2022

Automated summaries in Google Docs. (Image credit: future)

New look of Google Workspace

Updates for the Workspace announced at Google I/O are the latest in a series of upgrades that use AI to automate processes or improve the quality of user work.

Last month, for example, the company lifted the lid on a range of new writing assistance features for Docs, including synonym and sentence structure suggestions.

The word processor will also flag any “inappropriate language” (although the definition is slightly fuzzy), as well as instances in which the writer would be better served using the active rather than the passive voice.

Separately, an update to Google Drive lets the cloud storage service know which documents a user might want to work on at what time of day, reducing the time spent searching for specific files.

The campaign to infuse a greater level of intelligence into Workspace apps is one part of a broader strategy, announced at last year’s I/O, which will see Google introduce new synergies between its various collaborative apps.

The implied suggestion was that Google planned to build on the advantages of its cloud-based model to help compete with the level of interoperability between Microsoft products and services, extending to the Windows operating system on which most business computers Course.

Workspace’s latest updates may seem relatively insignificant in isolation, but when assessed in a broader context, they show that Google is deliberately refining its software suite to maximize value for time-strapped professionals in this new era. of hybrid work.

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