February 27, 2024

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Google Starts Rolling Out Its G Suite Gmail Integration

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Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, working from home is a part of life for many in 2020. And Google wants its suite of services to be the one you rely on most while working remotely. As such, the company is rolling out its G Suite Gmail integration across both the web and Android.

Basically, from now on, when you find yourself using Gmail, you’ll also get a heavy dose of Meet, Chat, and Rooms. This only applies to G Suite customers, so regular Gmail users won’t see any changes for now.

Meet, Chat, and Rooms Get Integrated Into Gmail

Google posted about the heavy G Suite Gmail integration on its G Suite Updates blog.

The company revealed that Gmail will now feature four distinct components, the first of which is Mail. This is the Gmail experience users already know and love. Google says nothing will change about the email experience for G Suite users with this update.

Where things change is the addition of Chat, which is G Suite’s service for sending messages to friends and colleagues. There will also be a tab for Rooms. This section is for shared chat, files, and tasks for groups. The final new section is Meet, which is Google’s Zoom competitor for face-to-face meetings.

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Obviously, these aren’t new services to G Suite, but having them integrated into Gmail is a big change. Some users might be a little annoyed if they don’t use Chat, Rooms, or Meet. However, it makes sense for Google to push its other services into its popular email app in order to leverage that popularity.

As part of this update, you’ll be able to open and co-edit a document with your team without leaving Gmail. This will make it so that you and your co-workers can get more done without needing to switch between different apps.

G Suite Gmail Integration Availability

If your team is looking forward to having G Suite integrated into their email, Google says that the new features will launch to all domains with Chat preferred enabled.

The company also said that there will be a gradual rollout, with Rapid Release domains getting it starting August 12 and rolling out over 15 days. For Scheduled Release domains, the company will roll out the updates over 15 days starting on September 1.

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