Google announces updates to G Suite

Google G Suite

Google announced major updates to its G Suite offering, including Google Drive , Hangouts Meet and Hangouts Chat.

At its Cloud Next Conference in San Francisco, the giant said its Drive is enhanced with Team Drives, Drive File Stream, Google Vault for Drive and AppBridge.

“In order for Google to deliver on this cloud promise, we must not only meet enterprise companies where they are today in terms of security, compliance, and connectivity standards — but also raise the bar for what’s possible with our advanced machine intelligence capabilities,” said Prabhakar Raghavan, Vice President, APPS, Google Cloud.

Team Drives enable teams to simply and securely manage permissions, ownership, and file access for an organization.

Drive File Stream allows employees to access cloud storage content directly from their desktops, without requiring a sync or monopolizing hard drive space.

Google Vault for Drive gains additional controls so admins can manage retention and legal hold policies.  Furthermore,

Google is welcoming AppBridge to help our largest customers manage some of their most complex data migrations to Drive.

Hangouts Meet is a new video meeting experience designed to make meetings frictionless. Up to 30 people can join a meeting within seconds — no downloads or browser plugins required, and it integrates with G Suite so one can present files natively.

Hangouts Chat offers teams a new way to connect with each other in virtual rooms, so they can keep work moving forward, even when they can’t meet face to face.

Lastly, Google Introduced Jamboard in the early adopter program last fall to help teams move real-time collaboration upstream in the creative process. Jamboard will enter general availability this May.