Google is consolidating its efforts on making generative AI a mainstay in its products. Since OpenAI’s ChatGPT gained unprecedented popularity, Google responded by releasing Bard and has now announced it is introducing AI features to Workspace, including Docs and Gmail.
Google is launching the AI features for Workspace starting with English in the United States in March through its tester program before rolling it out to more countries and languages. The AI capabilities will be introduced to Slides, Docs, Gmail, Sheets, Meet, and Chat. According to Google, its generative AI will help users:
- Draft, reply, summarize, and prioritize your Gmail.
- Brainstorm, proofread, write, and rewrite in Docs.
- Bring your creative vision to life with auto-generated images, audio, and video in Slides.
- Go from raw data to insights and analysis via auto completion, formula generation, and contextual categorization in Sheets.
- Generate new backgrounds and capture notes in Meets.
- Enable workflows for getting things done in Chat.
Google says it has experimented with generative AI and that it is no replacement for “the ingenuity, creativity, and smarts of real people.” The company says it will keep users in control of the AI features and that it will only make suggestions humans can accept, edit and change. Starting with Docs and Gmail, the embedded generative AI will “help people get started with writing.”
“Whether you’re a busy HR professional who needs to create customized job descriptions, or a parent drafting the invitation for your child’s pirate-themed birthday party, Workspace saves you the time and effort of writing that first version,” Google announced in a press release. “Simply type a topic you’d like to write about, and a draft will instantly be generated for you. With your collaborative AI partner you can continue to refine and edit, getting more suggestions as needed.”
The generative AI will help Workspace users get started with writing, and it can also help rewrite rough drafts by making them formal, elaborate, shortened and bulletized.