Google to take on Microsoft with Gmail, Google Chat, Rooms, and Meet integration
NEW DELHI: Considering the present situation, virtual meetings, remote collaboration, flexible hours are here to stay. Keeping all these factors in mind tech giant Google has unveiled a massive redesign of Gmail for G Suite business users. The company made this announcement ahead of its Google Cloud conference which is scheduled to take place next week. Google has unified its communication platform which includes Gmail, Chat, , and Meet. The company also said that it will be available as part of early access preview to G Suite customers this week and all the G Suite users will be able to use the feature by later this year. The company said, “it is actively thinking through how and when to bring this experience to the consumers who might want it.” The main objective of integrating all the communication platforms is to help users to easily move from one app to another without feeling lost. For those unaware, Google Chat enables users to message individuals or small groups of people. On the other hand, Google Meet is designed for larger meetings like the one which takes place on Zoom and Microsoft Teams. Lastly, Rooms is created to help professionals discuss their shared projects and it comes with inbuilt chat functionality. The company also mentions that along with this, it is also improving the collaboration features in Chart rooms by adding shared files and tasks. “With quick access to shared chat, important documents, and to-dos in one place, it’s easier for everyone in a group to stay on the same page. Plus, Chat lets you create rooms that include people outside your company, like contractors or consultants, so your group can be not only cross-functional but also cross-organisational,” company said in a blog post. As per these latest updates, it is quite clear that Google wants to give tough competition to Microsoft as the company offers Microsoft 365 Suite which includes its Teams communication platform. Google also said that soon the Gmail will have picture-in-picture video calls and Google Meet will see Docs, and Slides integration. The tech giant also mentioned that in the coming weeks it will be rolling out new security capabilities for Google Meet that give hosts, even more, control over meetings, such as who can join or collaborate within them. “In addition, we’ll be extending the strong phishing protections that we’ve built within Gmail to Google Chat. For example, if a user clicks on a link in Chat, it will be scanned in real-time and flagged if it’s found to contain malicious content,” said Google.