Google’s subsequent step in Google Workspace is… a Google workspace: Smart Canvas, an all-in-one digital doc that’s designed for collaboration.
“For over a decade, we’ve been pushing paperwork away from simply being items of paper, and towards collaborative, linked content material impressed by the net,” mentioned Javier Soltero, vp and basic supervisor of Google Workspace, throughout a presentation at Google’s Google IO developer convention on Tuesday.
Soltero didn’t name out Smart Canvas as a separate app, competing with present Workspace apps like Docs or Sheets. Instead, he positioned Smart Canvas as extra of a conceptual expertise, guiding the evolution of working throughout the Google Workspace apps over time. Some customers started evaluating Smart Canvas to Notion, a subscription service for the Mac OS platform that makes use of the identical type of inclusive design as Google’s personal Smart Canvas.
Smart Canvas seems to be like a doc, however consists of hyperlinks to folks and different recordsdata that may be linked by way of the Canvas. (Google calls these “sensible chips,” and they are often referenced via an “@” image mixed with the related individual or doc.) Soltero confirmed a reference that appeared considerably just like Google Keep’s checklists, in addition to built-in tables that could possibly be created throughout the doc—once more with references exterior the doc.
Soltero’s demonstration included options that Google has talked about earlier than, reminiscent of inclusive language that might change “chairman” to “chairperson.” (Microsoft, too, has included this in its personal Microsoft Editor instruments.)
Google additionally provided an replace on the combination timeline it started placing ahead final 12 months: Beginning right this moment, you’ll be capable to share a Slide, Doc, or Sheet doc inside a Google Meet name. Beginning this fall, Meet will probably be instantly built-in into Docs, Sheets, and Slides as properly. A associated Companion Mode will even give every member of that Meet name their very own devoted video window, if they need it, so that they’ll at all times really feel like a part of the dialog, Soltero mentioned.
What’s subsequent for Smart Canvas? It seems to be just like the idea will evolve over time. The thought is for Smart Canvas to be much less of the previous means of doing issues—as a doc describing a second in time—than an always-actionable, up-to-date doc, Soltero mentioned.
Google included a visible demonstration of what Smart Canvas will seem like, under.
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