Gmail plans to integrate Chat, Google Meet, Rooms

With the surge of work from home trends both Google and other tech companies have been trying to woo customers with changes in their popular applications.

Google is launching a major update to its G Suite productivity tools today that will see a deep integration of Gmail, Chat, Meet, and Rooms on the web and on mobile, as well as other tools like Calendar, Docs, Sheets and Slides. This integration will become available in the G Suite early adopter program, with a wider roll-out coming at a later time.

The G Suite team has been working on this project for about a year, though it fast-tracked the Gmail/Meet integration, which was originally scheduled to be part of today’s release, as part of its response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

This new move will allow the tech giant to catch up with the other popular options like Microsoft Office which has an array of tools integrated and built for the global market for corporate email and document editing.

Google made the new change public at the company’s cloud unit’s annual customer and partner conference, which has been turned into a virtual gathering spanning over several weeks because of the novel coronavirus pandemic.

With the new change, Google is projecting Gmail as a single hub for workers to access text chats, video calls and now documents.

Google vice president who used to work for Microsoft, said “Microsoft is still telling you there’s two separate places to check, two different habits, two inboxes to look at.”

“They are not incentivized to do a deep integration between Teams and Outlook,” Soltero added. He claimed consumers using the free version of Gmail may have access to the new integrations in the future.

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