Google: This update means Gmail is now these four things in one

Google: This update means Gmail is now these four things in one

Google has started rolling out a replacement Gmail experience on the online and, for now, just Android that aims to show Gmail into an integrated workspace for video meetings, chat, and sharing files. 

The way Google sees things, Gmail now consists of 4 separate components, made from Mail, Rooms, Chat, and Meet. The last two components are Google's answers to rivals like Zoom video conferencing, Slack chat, and therefore the Microsoft Teams collaboration space.

For Google, using Gmail seems to be the logical platform to market Rooms, Chat and Meet at a time when remote working is probably going to stay the norm for several office workers within the foreseeable future. 

Google is rolling out the new integrated Gmail experience to G Suite users on the online and Android now. The new format is additionally coming to Apple iOS devices but Google hasn't revealed a timeline. 

"With this launch, you'll even be ready to open and co-edit a document together with your team without leaving Gmail. this may make it easier for you to collaborate directly within the context of where you're doing all of your work on that moment," Google said in a blog post. 

Google promises Gmail Mail will remain an equivalent familiar service that folks know, while Chat (formerly Hangouts) is for sending messages to individuals and groups. Rooms offer "spaces that include shared chat, files, and tasks to assist groups more easily work on projects." Meet, meanwhile, is Google's answer to Zoom. 

Additionally, the update will let workers open and collaborate on a document without leaving Gmail, helping make Gmail the only workspace for workers at G Suite customers. 
Google Meet hosts are, for instance, gaining more control over who can 'knock' to hitch a gathering and an 'advanced safety lock' that permits the host to make a decision how others can join a gathering, for instance, via a calendar invite or phone. Chat in Gmail is additionally gaining Gmail's phishing protection.

According to Google, the most benefits of integrating Gmail with chat, video, and workspaces is to scale back the necessity to modify between apps, improving collaboration, and therefore the ability to look emails and chats from one place.

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