This Update Means Gmail Is Now These Four Things In One Powerful Platform
Google has started rolling out a new Gmail experience on the web and, for now, just Android that aims to turn Gmail into an integrated workspace for video meetings, chat, and sharing files.
The way Google sees things, Gmail now consists of four separate components, made up of Mail, Rooms, Chat and Meet. The last two components are Google’s answers to rivals like Zoom video conferencing, Slack chat and the Microsoft Teams collaboration space.
Microsoft has been racing to improve Teams chat and video conferencing features to better support remote working and classrooms during the global pandemic, such as support for 49 faces on a screen, which is rolling out now.
For Google, using Gmail seems to be the logical platform to promote Rooms, Chat and Meet at a time when remote working is likely to remain the norm for many office workers in the foreseeable future.
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