Google Brings Assistive Features to G Suite

Posted on November 21, 2019 by Paul Thurrott in Cloud, Google with 0 Comments

One of the problems with G Suite is that users miss out on many features that consumer Google account holders get. Google isn’t exactly fixing that problem, but it is at least bringing several new Google Docs and Assistant features to customers with G Suite accounts, most of which are already available to consumers.

“We’re adding more assistive features in Google Docs to help you create high-quality work more quickly,” Google VP David Thacker writes. “In addition, the Google Assistant has been helping people get things done in their personal lives for the past few years, and today, we’re bringing more Assistant features to G Suite users to help them work more efficiently and seamlessly.”

Here’s what’s new:

AI-powered features for Google Docs. Google’s online word processing solution is picking up several AI-powered features, including Smart Compose sentence suggestions, neural network-based grammar suggestions, machine-learning-based spelling suggestions that will recognize words commonly used in your particular business. You can sign-up for the Smart Compose beta here.

New Google Assistant functionality. Now available in beta, you can (finally) manage your calendar using the Assistant and send quick messages and dial into calls using your voice. Google is also making the Google Assistant available in meeting rooms with the Asus Hangouts Meet Hardware kit, and enabling voice commands like “Hey, Google, turn on spoken feedback” to use accessibility features without having to find the button to turn them on. You can sign-up for the beta here.

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