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Google enables AI-Powered features in Docs & Gmail

Google has incorporated AI-powered functionalities into Google Workspace to simplify the writing experience for users. These features allow for the swift creation and editing of drafts, streamlining the writing process.


Google has made generative AI capabilities accessible to developers and organizations through Google Cloud, ensuring enterprise-level safety and privacy. Additionally, Google Workspace now offers AI-powered features that make writing easier and more streamlined. Through the use of the PaLM API and MakerSuite, developers can quickly prototype their ideas and leverage Google’s top-tier language models.

Google has recently revealed its plans to provide developers and businesses with access to the capabilities of generative AI through Google Cloud and MakerSuite, while also introducing new AI-powered features in Google Workspace. In a blog post, Google highlighted their long-standing investments in AI, emphasizing their dedication to making AI accessible to everyone through the publication of research and the development of useful products.

Generative features in Google’s Workspace

Google Workspace now offers new generative AI features that aim to simplify the writing experience for users. With these AI-powered features, users can quickly create a draft in Gmail or Google Docs by simply typing in their desired topic. They can then easily edit the draft by making necessary changes, shortening it, or adjusting the tone to make it more professional.

These features provide users with the ability to:

  • Draft, reply, summarize, and prioritize emails in Gmail
  • Brainstorm, proofread, write, and rewrite documents in Docs
  • Create auto-generated images, audio, and video to bring creative ideas to life in Slides
  • Generate insights and analysis from raw data using auto completion, formula generation, and contextual categorization in Sheets
  • Use new backgrounds and capture notes during meetings in Meet
  • Facilitate workflows and improve productivity in Chat.

Generative AI technology in Google Docs and Gmail

Google is incorporating generative AI technology into Docs and Gmail to help users overcome the challenge of starting a new document or email. This feature is especially useful for busy HR professionals who need to create custom job descriptions or parents who want to draft invitations for their children’s parties.

With Google Workspace, users can save time and effort by simply typing in the desired topic, which will generate a draft instantly. The AI partner also provides suggestions and edits, allowing users to refine the document collaboratively.

Generative AI in Google Docs

Generative AI in Docs helping to write a job description. Image by Google Workspace blog

Polishing texts on Gmail

At times, finding the appropriate tone and style for a document or email can be challenging. For example, when applying for a new job or writing to a new supplier in a more traditional industry, it may be necessary to adopt a more formal tone. Alternatively, one may need to transform a few meeting notes into a polished summary to share with the team.

Generative AI in Gmail

Generative AI in Gmail formalizing notes into a polished email. Image by Google Workspace blog

To address these and other common scenarios, Google Workspace is introducing new generative AI capabilities that can assist with rewriting. Additionally, for those interested in trying out a new playful voice, Gmail will feature an “I’m feeling lucky” option powered by AI.

Google PaLM API

Google’s PaLM API offers developers the ability to explore and experiment with the company’s vast language models, including models optimized for content generation, chat, summarization, and classification (e.g., LaMDA). Alongside the API release, MakerSuite allows developers to customize the models according to their needs and export prompts as code in their preferred programming languages and frameworks.

The good days are still ahead

To improve the AI-based capabilities, human feedback is crucial. Starting this month, these new experiences will be launched via the trusted tester program, initially for English in the United States. After that, Google will refine and iterate the experiences before making them widely available to consumers, small businesses, enterprises, and educational institutions in additional countries and languages.

Google Workspace aims to unleash the full potential of generative AI, similar to how it revolutionized real-time collaboration with co-authoring in Docs 17 years ago. The company is excited to transform creation and collaboration once again through Workspace.

If your organization has not yet adopted Workspace, Google invites you to start using it for free and join them in this new era of AI.

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Vardan Papikyan is the editor and author in InTech.am tech magazine. Vardan is managing various web projects and affiliated with a few startups. He's passionate with blogging and photography.
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