Google Cloud Next '20: OnAir continued this week with a focus on Productivity & Collaboration. If you missed it. catch up on this week's presentations here.
Naturally, the main focus this week was remote work. On working from home, Javier Soltero, Vice President and General Manager of G Suite at Google, said:
This is not a temporary situation I believe COVID-19 is a catalyst that will accelerate the transition to more flexible and distributed teams.
In a study conducted in March of this year, Gartner found that, of the 317 CFOs and finance leaders they surveyed, 79% intended to shift some previously on-site employees to remote work permanently post COVID-19.
To help businesses stay connected and quickly adapt to remote working, Google announced G Suite Essentials earlier in the year, a bundle consisting of Google Drive, Docs, Sheets, Slides, and Meet, designed to give businesses an easy to adopt, easy to use remote work solution. The package gives businesses secure video conferencing, cloud-native collaboration tools, and the ability to access content from anywhere, using any device.
G Suite Essentials integrates seamlessly with Microsoft Office and Office 365. Excel, Word and PowerPoint files can be opened, collaborated on and saved straight back into their original filetypes - no converting required.
What's more, Google is providing G Suite Essentials (including Meet’s more advanced features, such as dial-in phone numbers, larger meetings, and meeting recording) free of charge until 30 September.
Over six million businesses, including PwC, Uber, Airbnb and Netflix use G Suite every day and this offering means every business can see why, for free.
And now, this
Google knows that every workday starts with mail (well, Gmail) so their upcoming iteration will intelligently combine together their core video, chat, documents and tasks tools right into a more seamless and integrated workspace.
Google Cloud Next '20: OnAir continues next week with Infrastructure. Register for free here to catch the rest of the 9-week conference.