Google I/O 2021: Smart Canvas makes more collaborative

Smart Canvas

Google launched Google Docs and Google Sheets 15 years ago, as part of Google Workspace. Today, Google just announced improvements to Google Workspace, including Smart Canvas, which will help “build the future of work”.

While vaccination campaigns are underway around the world, the COVID-19 pandemic is not yet behind us. This means that office workers will continue to work from home for the months to come.

While Google has already rolled out a plethora of new updates to its collaboration tools, it has announced several new features at Google I / O 2021. Google Workspaces and the Meet video call will receive some impressive updates in the weeks to come. to come up. The new features that will make teleworking easier are as follows.

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Smart Canvas

The biggest news comes in the form of Smart Canvas, which takes collaboration up a notch by making Sheets, Slides, and Meet available in Docs. What is possible with this feature?

Now you can not only mention users but also link any Google Sheets or Slides documents you want to share with your team in the document itself. ”  To insert smart bullets into your work, just type ‘@’ to see a list of recommended people, files, and meetings,” the official blog post reads.

From a mobile or desktop computer, collaborators can browse these links, people, or related files without having to switch apps, tabs, or contexts. This feature is available now in Docs and Sheets over the coming months.

Google Meet integration in Docs, Sheets, and Slides

Additionally, you will now be able to initiate or join Google Meet calls from Docs, Sheets, or Slides on the web. This will make collaboration easier, as you will no longer need to switch between apps to showcase your work. Google Meet will also add a new “companion mode” which will allow users and collaborators working from a common location to have their tile during a video call.

Smart Canvas
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Google Meet will also support live subtitle translations later in the year. You will be able to translate English into Spanish, Portuguese, French, or German.

In addition to these features, you will have access to assisted writing functions, emoji reactions, document display without pagination (you will be able to resize the documents window and continue to see all the text), checklists connected with Google Tasks, etc. This will allow you to create a to-do list in Docs, assign individual items to other people and then see a list of actions.

So yes, you’ll soon be better prepared to tackle day-to-day tasks from home, thanks to this Google Workspace update.

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