It’s been a while since I’ve shared some Google Workspace updates, and I’ve been told that people are missing them! We are focussing our social media efforts on sharing lots of information about Google Workspace and it’s capabilities this month. So let me get started with some updates that I feel are really useful.
Save time replying to comments in Google Docs with Smart Reply
I should hope that you are all aware of ‘smart compose’ in Gmail – where Google utilises machine learning to offer suggestions on how to complete the sentence you are writing. Similarly, Smart Reply in Google Docs saves you time replying to comments in Docs by suggesting relevant replies. Smart Reply suggestions appear below the reply box on comment threads. You can choose a suggested reply or write your own. We love anything that saves time!
Helping users prevent echo in Google Meet
‘Echo’ can happen when your system feeds back audio into a call. Most of the time, Meet will intelligently control the audio to remove the echo. However, sometimes it still happens, and others can still hear an echo from your device when they speak. Until now, it has been difficult for you to know when your device is causing an echo unless somebody on the Meet tells you. Now, Google will notify you when they detect a notable echo from your system which may be heard by other call participants with a red dot on the more options button, along with a text notification. Clicking on the notification will take you to the Help Center, where you can find recommended steps to help prevent echo.
Share where you’re working from in Google Calendar
You can now share the location you are working from. You can choose to add a weekly working location routine and update your location as plans change. This will make it easier to plan events as you can see where staff are on a given day – so in-person collaboration becomes easier to arrange.
See set up instructions here.