6 new AI-powered features for Google Workspaces from Google I/O 2023

Let technology do the heavy lifting for you!

Listen up, reader! Sundar Pichai, the big boss at Google, just spilt the beans on some new features that are coming to some of the most used Google apps at the I/O 2023. They use the power of generative AI, to take Gmail, Docs, Sheets, Slides, Maps and Google Photos a notch higher. Read on to know more.

1) Gmail

Google has unveiled its latest feature called ‘Help me write’! This nifty tool allows you to draft AI-generated responses with just a click. You can customize the tone and length of your response, so it's tailor-made for the occasion. Whether you want to keep it short and sweet or go all out with a detailed response, the choice is yours. And, if you're worried about sounding too formal or casual, you can refine the tone to your heart's content. So, say goodbye to writer's block and hello to ‘Help me write’. This feature will start rolling out as workspace updates.

2) Google Maps

Google Maps has introduced a new ‘immersive view for routes’ feature. Essentially, the map will allow a bird's eye view of the entire route. So you can see your whole trip in advance. With a single click, the map will zoom in to get a bird’s eye view of the ride, you can also check the AQI and traffic and weather, and also see how they change in the next few hours. India may not get these features so the best way to know a route is to be on it. Upsetting.

3) Google Photos

We already know about Find Photos and Magic Eraser in Google Photos, now it's time to say hello to Magic Editor which uses semantic understanding and generative AI to help you make your pictures better. With Magic Editor, you'll be able to adjust subjects, remove objects and unwanted props, improve lighting and you can even reposition yourself.  The AI will let you move subjects within the photo and then the generative AI will generate the missing background and adjust the lighting to make it look more believable.

4) Google Sheets

Google Sheets just got a whole lot smarter with its new feature for generative tables. All you have to do is add broad pointers and hit create and let the magic of a fine-tuned model do the rest. This model has been trained with all sorts of sheet-specific use cases, so it knows exactly what you need and generates a table to match. So just say goodbye to the headache of manually creating tables and hello to more efficient and organized business tracking with Google Sheets.

5) Google Docs

Docs too have ‘Help Me Write’. Just give Doc a few prompts and watch the magic happen! Doc uses PaLM 2 to generate long and elaborative content that you can also edit and customize later on to fit your specific needs. So no need to spend hours brainstorming ideas and researching topics when Doc can do it for you in a snap! Plus, with the ability to customize and edit the content later on, you have full control over the final product. You don’t even have to run to Google Bard and ChatGPT for getting writing work done. It’s all in the existing Google Docs app. Freaky or freakin’ good if you’re a writer, eh?

6) Google Slides

Again, generative AI is making things a lot smoother and faster for creating office work. All you have to do is add a few prompts and voila - custom images that fit your presentation slides like a glove. But it gets better - you can even switch up the genre of your images, from animation to photography and everything in between. Starting next month, trusted testers will be able to try this across Workspace and later this year all of this will be available for business and consumers Workspace users via a new service called Duet AI for Workspace. Sweet!