As part of its Workspace update on Wednesday, Google also enhanced the encryption settings for Google Meet videos. In addition, Google plans to let users to immediately embed Meet videos into Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides. All collaborators and papers they’re working on will be visible in one place, thanks to this integration.
When the Covid-19 epidemic hit a few of years ago, Google began rapidly pushing out new and enhanced capabilities to its collaboration tools. Additionally, Google has been working harder in the last several years to connect all of its services.
“We’re of course putting huge investments on Google Docs and Google Sheets as storage vehicles for all kinds of stuff,” Google’s Dave Citron remarked to reporters this week, referring to the company’s integrated suite of communication and collaboration tools. “Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, and the like let us save all the meeting materials. Workspace’s search engine will automatically index everything, allowing you to conduct a comprehensive search across everything.”
Google’s plan relies heavily on improved security since companies won’t use collaboration or storage solutions if their data is at risk. As a result, Google is introducing end-to-end encryption for all Google Workspace users for Google Meet sessions.
The client-side encryption (CSE) feature in Meet will be available to certain clients in May. Customers may now take full control of their encryption keys and the identity provider they use to access them, thanks to this innovation, which is now in beta. For clients on the Business Plus, Enterprise Plus, or Education Plus Workspace subscriptions, CSE in Meet will be available.
Meanwhile, the option to embed videos from the Meet app in Office 365 products such as Word, Excel, and PowerPoint is expected to be live in the next several weeks. When a user opens a document, spreadsheet, or presentation, they will be able to start a meeting from there. This will enable everyone in the meeting to participate in the discussion at the same time.
In Citron’s words, Google Docs “pioneered” real-time collaboration, and this new feature will “transform that amazing co-authoring experience to a real-time video conversation.”
On Thursday, Google revealed new capabilities for its videoconferencing service, Google Meet, that are similar to those already available on Zoom. Attendees will soon be able to use emoticons like a thumbs-up or love emoji to express themselves during meetings. Picture-in-picture features for Chrome browser users will also be available at the next Meet event. In a floating window on top of other programmes, they’ll be able to watch up to four video tiles of meeting participants.
Meet’s livestreaming capabilities have also been improved by Google. If you’re a Google Workspace member, you’ll be able to organise a meeting with as many as 500 participants and broadcast it to an audience of up to 100,000. Attendees of livestreams will be able to take part in Q&A sessions and polls later this year. Meeting hosts will be able to broadcast their meetings live from the Meet activities page to YouTube later this year.
Companion mode, which was initially introduced to Google Meet in November, is also getting an upgrade. Using their computers and the audio and video in the conference room, users in Companion Mode may host or attend a meeting from inside the room. This makes it easy to exchange information, observe lectures up close, or utilise other capabilities, exactly like distant attendees use it. This is. On all Google Meet devices, from Logitech to Acer and Asus, the company began rolling out automated noise cancelling to enhance the in-room experience. Companion mode and laptop cameras will soon be able to be used to bring personal video tiles to conference rooms later this year.
Google is also making enhancements to Spaces, the Workplace product that was launched last year by the company. Using Spaces, teams may work together in real time on a variety of projects and subjects using a variety of communication methods including email, chat, and meetings. An email discussion may begin, for example, before moving to a more collaborative platform like Meet.
In the next weeks, Spaces will include inline threading, a popular request from business clients. Also, Google is making Spaces more discoverable and sharable. Since last week, users may share a link with others so they can join their Space. Later in the year, users will be able to search for and join Spaces throughout the firm. Improved search capabilities in Chat and Spaces are also being rolled out. Additional team size limitations for Spaces have been raised from 400 to 8,000. By the end of the year, that number will have risen to 25,000.