Google Cloud: What You Need to Know
Google for Work, Google Apps for Work and Google's Cloud Platform have got a new name: Google Cloud. Google Apps for Work, while part of the new division, is also getting rebranded as G Suite. Google Cloud will include a wide range of products such as Gmail, Google Docs, Google Search for Work, Google Maps for Work and enterprise mobility management.
Google launched Explore in Docs, Sheets and Slides, which builds in machine learning into its apps. For instance, it can decipher data in Sheets based on natural language searches for things like "What are the top three items by sales price." It can automatically fix image sizes in Slides, and in Docs it will recommend related topics to learn about or images to insert.
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Among other time-saving features, Docs can now keep an Action Item list so there's no question of who's responsible for what. It does this by knowing you've written things like, "Andrea to schedule a weekly check in." Or you can manually assign an Action Item. Once Action Items have been assigned, those files will get a badge so they are easy to sort for.
You've been able to type with your voice in Docs for a while, but now you can even format the text by talking. G Suite will let you change text color, delete works, insert links and comments, among other formatting things.
With enhancements to Forms, Google can now anticipate what type of question you'll ask next, and offer up potential response for you to select from. But perhaps the most impressive change has been the integration of Slack.
Some of the first huge companies to give into the Google Cloud include Airbus, Home Depot, Snap, Evernote, Telus and Accenture. But, the company insists that the Google Cloud is right for businesses of all sizes.
In addition to the rebranding, Google announced eight new locations — Mumbai, Singapore, Sydney, Northern Virginia, Sao Paulo, London, Finland and Frankfurt — in an effort to improve latency to customers. The company claims that a recent expansion in Oregon resulted in an 80 percent improvement.
Google is also working to improve its data analytics and machine learning. Google BigQuery, the data warehouse, has been upgraded to support Standard SQL and Identity and Access Management. Plus it's now available at flat-rate prices. Plus, Cloud Machine Learning is now available to all businesses.
A dedicated educational nad certification program is reportedly coming soon.