If you remember, last year in October, Google rebranded its G Suite and turned it into Google Workspace, an integrated hub for work-oriented Google services to thrive in. While it was only available for enterprise customers till now, it can now be accessed by anyone. The company has also made Google Chat available for all, finally providing a replacement for Hangouts.
Merely enabling Google Chat will give you access to Workspace. You can do that by heading into your Gmail settings on the web. Workspace basically provides a collaborative environment called Spaces, which comes with features like in-line topic threading, presence indicators, custom statuses, expressive reactions, and a collapsible view.
“By bringing Google Workspace to everyone, we’re making it easy for people to stay connected, get organized and achieve more together, whether it’s advancing a cause, planning your family reunion, assigning next steps for the PTA or discussing this month’s book club pick,” says a post on The Keyword blog.
And then there’s Google Workspace Individual, a new subscription service aimed at small business owners and freelancers that furnishes them with premium capabilities. These include access to smart booking services, professional video meetings, personalized email marketing, and more. And all this, with their own Gmail account.
The post further reads, “Workspace Individual was created to help people focus their time on doing what they love — like meeting with customers and designing personalized services — and less time on everyday tasks like scheduling appointments and emailing customers.”
Google Workspace Individual will be a gradual rollout. The first six countries to get it in the coming weeks will be the US, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Australia, and Japan. Those interested can sign up for the service on this link.