Company plans to add smarter collaboration features soon.
Google’s cloud services have a new name: everything cloud-based—including the Google Cloud Platform, enterprise mobility, and even Chromebooks—is now part of the Google Cloud brand.
Before settling on the new name, Google toyed with the name Google Enterprise. Diane Greene, Senior Vice President for Google Cloud, said that Google’s customers had been unsure of the company’s commitment to the enterprise. With that uncertainty now diminished, according to Greene, the Cloud name made more sense.
One of the biggest parts of Google Cloud is also being renamed. Google Apps for Work is now “G Suite.” This name spans Gmail, Docs, Drive, Calendar, Hangouts, and more. The new name is supposed to reflect the collaborative, team-based approach to the software. Along with the new name, Google has announced a bunch of new features that’ll be coming soon to emphasize collaboration.
These new features aim to bring the power of machine learning and natural language to the G Suite. Quick Access in Google Drive will help you find relevant files based on your meetings and interactions with coworkers. Google Calendar is gaining new machine learning-based smarter scheduling, and Sheets is picking up a natural language query capability. Docs is picking up a new feature that helps find related documents and information, and Slides will offer new smart layouts based on photographs.
These new features reflect the direction that the industry seems to be heading; Microsoft has announced similar capabilities in Office (Delve is an entire tool built around helping you find and use things that you and your coworkers have been working on, and PowerPoint already has a similar smart layout feature). These companies are investing heavily in machine learning and related technology, and it’s going to increasingly show up in the software we use every day.