For more than a decade, Google is building products to help people transform the way they work. “Now, work itself is transforming in unprecedented ways”, Javier Soltero, VP and GM, Google Workspace states in his blog. “Amidst this transformation, time is more fragmented—split between work and personal responsibilities—and human connections are more difficult than ever to establish and maintain”, he explains.
However, with the right solution in place, such as Google Workspace, he says, people can collaborate more easily, spend time on what matters most, and foster human connections, no matter where they are. Google Workspace includes all the productivity apps you know and love—Gmail, Calendar, Drive, Docs, Sheets, Slides, Meet, and many more: whether you're returning to the office, working from home, on the frontlines with your mobile device, or connecting with customers, Google Workspace is a good solution to create, communicate, and collaborate.
Recently, three new Google Workspace developments have been announced to improve the user experience even more:
- new user experience that helps teams collaborate more effectively, frontline workers stay connected, and businesses power new digital customer experiences
- new brand identity that reflects Google’s ambitious product vision and the way their products work together
- new ways to get started with solutions tailored to the unique needs of Google’s broad range of customers
Video: Javier Soltero’s Next OnAir EMEA keynote speech
Google Workspace clearly embodies the tech giant’s vision for a future where work is more flexible, time is more precious, and enabling stronger human connections becomes even more important. It’s a vision the company is working on for more than a decade, just like on commitments to privacy and security issues, as the following measures and new feature announcements prove:
- Proactive protection with high-visibility security alerts
When your security is at risk, time is of the essence, hence, Google is introducing a redesigned critical alert and a new way of delivering it. When any serious Google Account security issues are detected, Google will automatically display an alert within the Google app you’re using and help you address it—no need to check email or your phone’s alerts.
- Easier access to privacy and security settings in Search
Because Search is the starting point for so many questions, Google will display from now on your personal security and privacy settings when you ask things like “Is my Google Account secure?”
- Easier to save or delete places directly in Timeline
To make it easier to control your privacy, Google will soon provide the opportunity to directly edit your Location History data in Timeline by adding or editing places you’ve visited with just a few taps
- On device processing for Gboard
As an industry first, Google has combined differential privacy and federated learning, a technique invented at Google, to train the models that allow for next word prediction in Gboard. In Android 11, Smart Replies are now generated, including emoji recommendations, from on-device system intelligence, meaning the data is never shared with Gboard or Google.