Google has announced the launch of Duet AI for Google Workspace, a suite of generative AI tools designed to collaborate with users, making work processes more efficient and creative. The suite of AI tools similar to Microsoft 365 Copilot, which Google first started detailing in March, aims to build on the success of the company's previous AI-driven features that have helped users write over 180 billion times in the last year alone.
From Gmail and Google Docs to Google Meet
Duet AI has been incorporated across several Google Workspace applications to assist users in various tasks. In Gmail, Duet AI is now available for mobile, allowing users to draft complete responses with just a few words as a prompt. The initial launch of mobile will be followed by the introduction of contextual assistance, enabling users to “create professional replies that automatically fill in names and other relevant information,” according to Google.
In Google Slides, Duet AI enables users to create unique and compelling visuals from simple text prompts, eliminating the need for manual searching and creation of images for presentations. “The real power of these image models is that they can visualize something that has never existed”, the company said.
Google Sheets users can benefit from Duet AI's automated data classification and custom plan creation. The AI can understand the context of data in a cell and assign a label to it, making data entry and analysis more efficient. The “help me organize” feature in Sheets allows users to describe their goals, and the AI generates a plan to help them get organized. The company states that “Duet AI helps you create organized plans with tools that give you a running start”.
In Google Meet, Duet AI is utilized to generate unique backgrounds for video calls, allowing users to express themselves and deepen connections. The company envisions various scenarios, such as a manager celebrating an employee of the month or a sales executive using a custom background to reflect a customer's industry or market.
Google Docs users can now access AI building blocks that can help create a draft from a simple prompt and automatically include smart chips for information about other users and locations. The company is also introducing new proofreading capabilities to help users with tone and style in their writing.
Workspace Labs Goes Public
Workspace Labs, which currently hosts hundreds of thousands of trusted testers, is now open to the public. These testers come from various backgrounds, including enterprise organizations, educational institutions, and individual users. Testers like Romain Liot, COO of Adore Me, and JJ Zhuang, Chief Architect at Instacart, have praised the impact of generative AI in Google Workspace, with Liot stating that the AI features “have been accelerating projects and processes in ways that have even surprised us”.
Google is committed to keeping customers in control, designing AI products in accordance with Google's AI Principles and allowing users to accept, edit, and change AI suggestions. As the company scales to more users and countries in the weeks ahead, interested users can sign up for Workspace Labs to experience the benefits of AI in Google Workspace.