Google rebrands its GSuite productivity apps to Google Workspace

From CNET: Google on Tuesday said it's giving a new name to GSuite, its line of productivity apps aimed at business customers. The set of services will now be called Google Workspace.

The rebranding comes as Google makes a bigger effort to court companies for its cloud services, pushing enterprise versions of apps including Docs, Sheets and Drive. Google has been looking to expand its cloud business as it tries to find more ways to make money outside of search and advertising. Google said its Workspace suite now has 2.6 billion monthly users.

In addition to the new name, Google introduced a few new features on Tuesday. Users will now be able to see previews of links they add to their files, instead of having to click through. Google's software will also suggest actions if a person "@" mentions a co-worker, such as assigning them a task or sharing a doc with them. Google is also expanding picture-in-picture tools for video calls in Meet, the company's teleconferencing software that competes with Zoom.

For consumers, the changes are notable because Google often debuts new features in the business-oriented versions of its software services before releasing them more widely.

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