Over the past couple of months, OpenAI and ChatGPT have been stealing the headlines and Google isn’t happy about this.
To shake up things a little bit, the Alphabet owned company on Tuesday, announced new generative AI features for its Google Workspace apps, including Google Docs, Gmail, Sheets, and Slides.
The generative AI tools include the option to automatically generate drafts based on prompts in Docs and Gmail, as well as the ability to auto-generate images, audio and video for presentations in Slides.
The tech giant is also bringing new generative capabilities for business through Google Cloud, as well as a new API for developers.
The announcement comes as tech companies race to launch new AI features amid the frenzy following the launch of the ChatGPT chatbot last year. In February, Microsoft announced the arrival of its ChatGPT-powered Bing, and Google unveiled its own chatbot, Bard, in response to ChatGPT.
So What AI Tools Are Coming To The Workspace Apps?
Google listed a couple of features coming to its Workspace apps, including Gmail, Docs, Slides and Sheets.
According to the company, here’s what you’ll be able to do with the tools:
- Draft, reply, summarize, and prioritize your Gmail
- Brainstorm, proofread, write, and rewrite in Docs
- Illustrate presentations with auto-generated images, audio, and video in Slides
- Get insights and analysis from raw data via auto-completion, formula generation, and contextual categorization in Sheets
- Generate new backgrounds and capture notes in Meet
- Enable workflows in Chat
Gmail will also soon allow users to generate full emails based on brief bullet points. In addition, Slides will enable users to produce AI imagery, audio, and video to illustrate their presentations.
When Will Google Launch The AI Features?
Google said it’s rolling out the features to “trusted testers” before making the tools broadly available. We are yet to get a date on when the tools will be available to the masses but it should be soon.
Google is Trying To Keep Up With The Competition
Since the arrival of OpenAI’s ChatGPT and Microsoft’s Bing enabled-chatbot, Google has been scrambling to launch similar AI features.
In fact, the company reportedly declared a “code red” in December, telling staff to add AI tools to all its user products in a matter of months. Talk about a sense of urgency.
All in all, Google’s announcement of new generative AI features for its Workspace apps is a step in the right direction.
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