If your head isn’t already spinning, there’s just one piece of important information: Google Workspace (formerly G Suite, formerly a paid package for businesses) will now be expanded to everyone with a Google account, providing improved integration between many From Google apps available on the web and mobile.
what is happening now
There are two major changes Google is pushing through the remainder of this year. First, Google Chat and Google Meet replace Hangouts — in the corner of Gmail on the web, on your phone and anywhere else. Previous Hangouts chats should be done, and in part this will be just a rebranding exercise: activate Google Chat in Gmail, install the app on your phone, and you can continue to Google Chat where you left off with Hangouts, all the way to individual conversations.
As we said, there will be some additional features, shaped during the time that these apps spend as commercial products. You’ll get new tools, like the ability to tag contacts on @documents or create conversations with multiple threads, etc. – you’ll only use them with family and friends instead of co-workers.
Second, and along the same topic, it will be possible to access a lightweight version of the Business Workspace package for everyone with a Google account over the coming months. As with Google Chat and Google Meet, this is Google that gives consumers some professional level tools, just the idea is that they get used to the local PTA meeting, the weekly book club, or your family reunion.
These upgrades won’t be huge, but they will be noticeable. You will still have access to Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Drive, etc., as always, but they will be linked more closely together, and are designed for collaboration and sharing. For example, you will be able to create a task checklist and assign each task to a different contact. A lot of the new functionality will be supported in part by Google Chat, which is the topic that runs through it all.
It is appropriate, then, that you can activate Google Workspace for your account by Play Google Chat In Gmail: from Chat and Dating tab on the Gmail settings page, select google chat next to conversation. While we’ve taken a long time to explain what’s going on, in terms of what you’ll see as a user, there won’t be a huge number of changes: the tools you’re already using will get some upgrades, a cleaner look, and better integration with each other. (Oh, and you might see the word “workspace” often.)