Google has today announced that they are renaming their classic Gsuite service to Google Workspace.
Google also introduced three major developments that follow with the rebrand. They claim a new deeply integrated user experience, a new brand identity and new ways to get started with Google Workspace.
The company also unveiled new icons for Gmail, Drive, Calendar and Meet where Drive encompasses their collaborative tools (Sheets, Docs and Slides). The icons retain the same colour coordination as the main Google icon and it feels polished and consistent across the board.
The new user experience that unifies communication and collaboration features is now generally available to all paying customers as per the company.
In the coming weeks, Google says that subscribers will be able to dynamically create and collaborate on a document with guests in a chat room. Back in July, they said that they will bring Meet’s picture in picture to Gmail and Chat. Well, they will also be rolling out Google Meet picture in picture to Docs, Sheets and Slides too.
Google Workspace will start at $6 a month for the Business Starter package, $12 a month for Business Standard and $18 for Business Plus. These have different cloud storage allocations, security, support and Google Meet restrictions according to price. Enterprise customers have to contact Google for custom pricing.
GSuite was originally launched in 2016 as their paid offering for businesses for these services. It cracked the staggering 2 billion user mark early this year and now it has gotten a facelift to compete effectively with Microsoft’s Office 365 package.