Google has announced many upgrades to the G suite business app that will be a competition to the Microsoft Office and its component. The Google G Suite is a brand of cloud computing, productivity and collaboration tools, software developed by Google which comprises of Gmail, Hangouts, Calendar, and Google Drive for storage;
Docs, Sheets, Slides, Forms, and Sites for collaboration; and, depending on the plan with an Admin panel and Vault for users management and services. G suite business plan adds Vault for eDiscovery and enables many additional custom features, including advanced admin controls for Drive, unlimited storage on Drive, audit and reporting insights for Drive content and sharing, custom message retention policies, and much more
More than 5 million businesses have signed up for G Suite according to Google. Microsoft has said previously that it has more than 60 million commercial customers for Office 365. But like Microsoft’s relationship with Slack, Microsoft is not necessarily averse to partnering with potential adversaries, which means, if you are using the Slack or G Suite does not mean you won’t be able to directly interact with a Word document.
5 Google G Suite Upgrades for Business Owners
Hangouts add transcriptions, streaming, and Gmail integration
The Hangouts Meet (the videoconferencing portion) and Hangouts Chat (which focuses on chat) are the 2 versions of the Hangouts for businesses. It is natural that the text-based Chat option would be more closely integrated into other text-based Google apps.
It is happening now in the Google G Suite upgrades, you will start to see Hangouts Chat more closely tied into Gmail, with chats taking place in the same window that you will exchange email with your coworkers.
Google is now responding to Microsoft, whose Skype video conferencing apps are becoming more defined by their ability to transcribe and translate content than just allowing more than one employee to talk to one another. Hangouts Meet now has automatic live captioning, though just in English. In addition, Meet now has the ability to live stream to up to 100,000 viewers through YouTube has tended to handle this quite well already.
Office editing in Docs, Sheets, and Slides
This is a very vital feature if you need access documents, spreadsheets or presentations on laptops and computers and you do not have the Microsoft Office, Office and G Suite workers can now interact with common documents. Google said you can now work on Office files straight from within G Suite without any file conversion.
According to Google, this will allow users to take advantage of Google’s AI-powered grammar suggestions. Note; The Office, of course, offers its own spelling and grammar suggestions, too.
Voice is integrated into Google G Suite
Following the trend of connecting employees, Google has finally announced that Google Voice is now part of G Suite, in “select markets.” Voice gives employees, and personal users, their own phone number. Google has also used the service to show off its Artificial intelligence capabilities in terms of transcription and blocking voice call, and it is now finally available to business users.
Google Assistant breaks into G Suite
Talking of Artificial intelligence, it has been a long time coming for the Google Assistant to break out of the smartphone and into other areas within Google’s ecosystem. (Cortana has been integrated into Edge as well as other Office apps, by contrast).
Unfortunately, Google Assistant isn’t penetrating any further than the Google Calendar app, and in beta, to boot. But at least business owners will be able to ask Google when their next meeting is. It is a start.
Adds-On now Integrated to G Suite
Google has listed several new additions as part of its blog post announcing the new changes. G Suite has remained in a somewhat bare-bones state for some time now and that is not necessarily a bad thing for fans of simple efficiency.
Still, several of these changes now seem obvious in retrospect, and long overdue. Add-ons are now coming to the right-hand rail of Google’s G Suite apps, too. Those apps will include Copper, Workfront, Box, and others. Unfortunately, they will debut in beta, which you will have to sign up for and will debut in the coming months.
Culled from PC World | 5 Google G Suite Changes that Will improve your Life