Google has introduced a new service called Google Cloud Search. It essentially enhances the capabilities of Google’s search engine with artificial intelligence (AI). The feature further uses machine intelligence to provide users with a ‘unified search experience’ across the entire G Suite of apps, which includes Gmail, Drive, Docs, Slides, Sheets and more. The company claims that within the Google Cloud Search app, users can see their upcoming events, documents (shared between them and others), presentations and more, in the form of Assist cards. Google says it will be adding more Assist cards to the app over time. The cards can also suggest users events that need their attention. Some of the other features such as accessing Hangouts, searching contact details of colleagues and more are also included as part of the new service.
“In addition to searching for information, you can search for people listed in your company’s directory. You’ll see colleagues’ contact details, plus events and files you have in common. You can even choose to send an email, make a call, or start a Hangout with just a tap,” said Brent VerWeyst, product manager, Google Cloud.
Google announced recently that it’s now ten-year old service Google Apps for Work (formerly Google Apps for Your Domain), is getting rebranded yet again. This time around, the company will call it “G Suite.” Sounds more hip, right? Alongside the news, Google also noted a handful of upgrades and improvements in G Suite’s existing product lineup, which includes apps like Drive, Docs, Spreadsheets, Slides, Calendar, Hangouts, and more.
But first of all: G Suite?
Google claims the name better reflects the mission of helping people everywhere work and innovate together. Okay then. Ryan Tabone, Google’s director of product management for the G Suite, also told us that the company wanted to make it clear to potential enterprise users that that this is a unified collection of tools and not simply a set of individual offerings.