Google Workshop

more than just a

name change


You might have heard; the world has changed. More than anything, our working lives have been transformed. We can’t troubleshoot in the corridor, have an impromptu face-to-face brainstorming session or even pretend to enjoy those special cakes that Claire from HR’s daughter made. Put simply, work is no longer about going to work, work is about doing work wherever you are.

Goodbye G-Suite

With the growth of remote working in 2020, Google’s G-Suite of tools become increasingly popular and indispensable when it came to creation, communication and collaboration. So late last year, they rebranded to become known as Google Workspace.

With more than 6 million business users, Google Workspace includes all the apps you know and enjoy using for free as a Google account holder. These include Gmail (emails), Calendar, Drive (file storage), Docs (word processing), Sheets (spreadsheets), Forms (questionnaires/surveys), Slides (presentations), Meet (video conferencing), and many more, enabling you to work together in real time with clients, colleagues, suppliers and employees.

Plus, with it being based in the cloud, there’s no software to download or update and its pretty secure too. Google Workspace customers' data is encrypted when it's on a disk, stored on backup media, moving over the Internet or travelling between data centres. So, wherever you are and whatever device you have, you can access what you want, when you want.

Google Workspace is more than just a rebranding exercise, there’s a whole host of new features that have been introduced to provide more seamless communication

Google ethos

With Google Workspace, Google wanted to introduce a new integrated experience to help users collaborate more effectively, stay connected and encourage companies to create new digital customer experiences. They also wanted people to

Make decisions faster, face to face

Collaborate in real-time

Bring teams closer together

Store and share files in the cloud

Secure data and devices

What’s changed?

Intrigued by the new name, we decided to find out more. Some basic online research revealed that Google Workspace is more than just a rebranding exercise, there’s a whole host of new features that have been introduced to provide more seamless communication.

Google Workspace effectively combines multiple communication methods into a single interface so users will be able to:

Switch between apps quickly and efficiently, saving time and boosting productivity

Preview linked files in Docs, Sheets, and Slides, making it possible to collaborate on a document without having to open it in a new tab.

View contact details inside Workspace documents. Whenever you @ someone in a document, Workspace will launch a smart chip.

Create documents directly within Chat and then collaborate on these documents inside the Chat room.

See and hear people that you are collaborating with thanks to the introduction of Meet picture-in-picture in Gmail and Chat initially. This will be extended to Workspace’s Docs, Sheets, and Slides soon.

As we don't have a big internal team, we don't use the paid Google Workspace currently, but it maybe something we use in the future. However, we are big fans of the free tools (which are mostly the same) and use most of them daily. And because they are so quick and easy to access, we often find ourselves dipping into one of the tools to add something that we’ve just thought about before we forget!

What are your experiences of it and what do you like the most?

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