Google Workspace is now launching an update for its word processor that will provide workers with a new mode to delegate tasks directly to collaborators. In a blog post, the company outlined how Google Docs users can now manually delegate tasks and checklist items to themselves or other colleagues. These tasks will then appear in each individual’s Google Tasks dashboard. “When edits are made to an assigned item in Tasks, such as a change to the title, due date, or completion state, those updates will show in the Doc, and vice versa,” Google explained.
Users Can Now Delegate Tasks Directly to Create New Interactions Between Apps
The latest Google Docs update represents the continuation of a series of improvements designed to create new interactions between apps housed within Google Workspace. Although a recent survey commissioned made clear that Workspace still plays second fiddle to Microsoft 365 in the office software space, with just 15% market share, the functionality gap between the two has closed rapidly.
At the start of the pandemic, Google also rebranded its productivity suite from G Suite to Workspace, signaling an increase in investment as remote working began to take hold. As part of this process, the company pledged to create a more “deeply integrated user experience”. Since then, Google has rolled out hundreds of upgrades in an attempt to deliver on this objective and further fine-tune its services for the post-pandemic working environment.
Users Can Now Spin Up a Video Meeting During a Project Using Meet and Google Docs
Recent examples include the integration of Meet into Docs, Sheets, and Slides, enabling workers to quickly spin up a video meeting when collaborating on a project, and the addition of new AI functionality to cloud storage service Drive that helps surface the most important files on a per user basis. The functionality will be available to all business users by the middle of next month, but will not be extended to personal account holders.