Gmail For G Suite Users Is Getting A Design Overhaul Which Integrates Meet, Chat, And Rooms
In the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak, work from home has gained mojo around the world. In response to this, Google is redesigning Gmail to integrate its various services, namely, Google Chat, Rooms, and Meet; to better suit the needs of of working from home of G Suite users.
The redesigned Gmail application will be available as an “early access preview” to G Suite customers this week and will eventually roll out to all G Suite users by the end of the week. The redesign will come to both web and mobile applications.
With the new redesign, Google has basically brought all its relevant tools to a single workspace. From here, not only can you access your mails, but also start video conferencing via Google Meet or chat with colleagues via Google Chat. The interface will also feature Chat rooms that will allow users to make rooms to collaborate and work on not only intra-organizational projects but also inter-organizational projects.
With this new redesign, Google aims at making it less cumbersome to use relevant Google services. Until now, G Suite users would have to jump between various tabs (or apps) to access different services.
The integration of various of Google’s services also has another advantage. It will now allow users to set their availability to ‘Do Not Disturb’ across various services with just a single click. Similarly, Google has now also bundled universal search with the new redesign which will allow users to search both Gmail and Chat at once.
While the new redesign brings a lot of Google’s services to a single screen, it might be a bit overwhelming for users at first. Not only are there a lot of elements on the screen, but some Google services such as Rooms and Chat overlap too. Hence, it might take some time to get used to the new layout.
As mentioned above, the redesign will also be making its way to the Android and iOS applications where the bottom navigation bar will house 4 tabs – Mail, Chat, Rooms, and Meet.
At a time where more organizations and businesses are pushing employees to work from home, business communication tools have gained a lot of importance. With this new redesign, Google aims to compete directly with services such as Slack and Microsoft Teams.