Google Introduces AI-powered Writing Features for Workspace Users
Google has recently unveiled a set of AI-powered writing features in Docs and Gmail for select beta users in the Workspace. These features enable users to leverage the power of creative AI, enhancing creativity, connection, and collaboration.
Writing Features Across Different Applications
The features will allow Workspace users to draft, reply, summarize, and prioritize ideas in Gmail, as well as proofread, write, and rewrite in Docs. While these tools are currently available in Gmail and Docs, Google has plans to expand and generate images, audio, and video in Slides, and automatically generate formulas and insights in Sheets.
How the Features Can Help Users
The new tools can help users save time and effort when writing first drafts of resumes, event invitations, or professional emails. Entering the subject they want to write about will generate an initial draft that users can edit and improve upon, with help from an AI partner.
The “I’m feeling lucky” button, available in the Gmail application, can help users rewrite emails with the appropriate tone of voice, especially for more formal situations. Notes taken on a phone can also be turned into a more cohesive thought or summary with the AI-powered tool.
Google’s AI Principles
Google recognizes that AI is no replacement for human ingenuity, creativity, and intelligence, and the tool is not perfect, and may have quirks; however, Google is developing this tool in compliance with Google’s AI Principles, keeping the user in control by allowing them to approve, modify, and change the AI’s recommendations. Organizations can also apply appropriate policies through Workspace admins, ensuring compliance with corresponding measures.
Future Plans and Availability
Google plans to release these features later this month, initially for the English-speaking market in the USA with members of its trusted tester program. With more users and input, these AI-based tools will continue to improve and eventually become available for the masses.