Since the launch of Google Workspace, just under a year ago, it has been clear that it is one of Google’s strongest bets. It was not, strictly speaking, something completely new, but rather a rebranding of G Suite, also known as Google Suite, to which new functions were added that have been growing over the months. It was also one of the protagonists of the last Google I/O 2021, where Smart Canvas debuted.
At the beginning of last year, with the pandemic suddenly bursting into our lives and giving a sudden and unexpected boost to teleworking, many thought that this was temporary, that the offices would be populated again in a matter of weeks or, at most, months. However, more than a year has passed, telework seems to be ready to stay, and it is in this context that services such as Google Workspace fit like a glove in the new models not only for work but also for the development of multiple personal activities.
Although some of the services integrated into Google Workspace have always been free and available to all users, others have been reserved for paid accounts, used both by professionals and in the education sector. However, this has changed, as the company itself announced in its blog, from now on Google Workspace will be free for all users, and individuals will also be able to access the service.
The main difference between Google Workspace and the tools that, until now, we’re also available for free to all users has to do mainly with the integration of the tools, as well as with multiple functions designed specifically for teamwork. Everything revolves around groups, which we can create and use as workspaces in which to share documents, assign tasks, hold meetings, and so on.
Just these days I find myself involved, with other people, in a personal project, for which we share documents on Google and communicate via Discord. And, although we are used to doing it this way (it is neither the first time nor the second) the idea of being able to do it all from a single environment, in this case, Google Workspace, a tool that I have also used, but in this case in the professional field, seems to be a really interesting option.
In addition, Google has also announced that an additional level of Google Workspace will be established for private users and freelancers. At its launch, coming soon, this mode will cost $6 per month, will be available in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Australia, Brazil, and Japan, and will offer “premium capabilities, including smart booking services, professional video conferencing and personalized email marketing, with much more on the way.”