new features on Meet to facilitate collaboration

While many companies have adopted a hybrid work mode, between teleworking and physical presence in the office, Google is now offering Google Workspace users new features to improve Google Meet. Something to facilitate this transition, while adapting to new business working methods.

Use Meet in Docs, Sheets, and Slides

Here is a feature that should delight more than one! If you were used to launching a meeting on Meet, then collaborating on a separate Docs, that time is over: Google now offers the integration of its videoconferencing tool directly into its collaborative work tools, namely Docs, Sheets and Slides (see image above).

Concretely, users will be able to start a meeting directly within a shared file, and continue to collaborate on the project simultaneously.

This feature will be available in the coming weeks.

Incorporate emoji reactions into your meetings

Like Teams, Google will allow Meet users to use emojis to interact during a meeting. This new feature makes it possible to generate more interaction from participants, by expressing their opinion in real time, without interrupting their interlocutor.

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Emoji reactions are used to generate interaction during a meeting. ©Google

The emojis will appear on the author’s thumbnail, as well as on a timeline feed on the left side of the screen. Among the available symbols: thumbs up, applause, heart, laughing face, shocked face, or thumbs down.

This feature will be available in May.

Facilitate your exchanges with picture-in-picture mode

If you’re using the Chrome web browser, you can take advantage of Google Meet’s new picture-in-picture mode. This option allows you to browse your computer while continuing to see thumbnails of online meeting participants (up to 4 thumbnails).

This feature will be available from May.

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Frame-by-frame mode allows you to continue browsing your computer freely. ©Google

Broadcast Meet meetings on YouTube

Organizers can now invite up to 500 participants during their online meeting, with the ability to accommodate up to 100,000 visitors. Google also wants to offer, later this year, the possibility of sharing a Meet videoconference in live stream on YouTube.

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Broadcast your videos live on YouTube. ©Google

Google improves Spaces for Workspace suite users

Apart from improvements to Meet, Google also announced new options for its Spaces chat tool:

  • Embedded thread: Spaces integrates thread management, like Slack, to allow members to respond to specific comments and create parallel conversations, while offering an optimized organization.
  • Improved search: Spaces users will be able to perform specific searches to find conversations or files more easily.
  • Team size: it is now possible to create teams of up to 8,000 people on Spaces. Google will increase the limit to 25,000 people by the end of the year.

Source: Google

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