Mountain View, CA (May 18, 2021) – Google Workspace today
announced smart canvas—a new collaboration experience that
builds on its vision for the future of work. Smart canvas makes it
easier for people to stay connected, focus their time and
attention, and transform their ideas into impact. With smart
canvas, Google Workspace is enhancing Docs, Sheets, and Slides to
make them even more flexible, interactive, and intelligent.
“For too long, the ways people have worked together have been
defined by legacy tools developed last century that simply cannot
support the collaboration needs of the future,” said Javier
Soltero, VP and GM, Google Workspace. “At Google, we pioneered
modern collaboration and see it both as our responsibility and
opportunity to steer Google Workspace toward enabling new ways of
working. Smart canvas is the next step in delivering on this
“Richer content collaboration is the foundation for creating
competitive advantage,” said Maribel Lopez, founder and principal
analyst at Lopez Research. "As many organizations look for better
ways to enable workers to connect information, data and people in
a hybrid workplace, Google Workspace is well positioned to bring
new features and functionality to help."
Making collaboration more flexible and helpful
New interactive building blocks connect people, content, and
events into one seamless experience, while flexible formats remove
New building blocks:
- Smart chips in Docs allow users to type @ to see
a list of recommended files, people and meetings to include in
their work. In the coming months, smart chips will be available
in Sheets as well.
- Checklists help users quickly capture tasks in Docs.
This feature will soon integrate with Google Tasks, allowing
teams to assign tasks to specific people and better manage To-Do
items across Google Workspace.
- Table templates in Docs enable users to create
topic-voting tables to gather team feedback and project-tracker
tables to help users capture milestones and statuses on the fly.
A new document template for capturing meeting notes will
automatically import any relevant information from a Calendar
- Pageless format in Docs allows users to remove the
boundaries of a page to create a surface that expands to
whatever device or screen they’re using.
- New views in Sheets help users better manage and
interact with data. A timeline view will make tracking tasks
easier and faster, allowing users to organize data by owner,
category, campaign, or whichever attribute is most important.
Enabling human connection wherever people work
Google Workspace is building tighter integrations between its
communication and collaboration tools so users can pull content
into conversations and conversations into content.
Present content to Google Meet directly from Docs, Sheets, and Slides on
- Meet directly in Docs, Sheets, and Slides, which will
launch this fall, will allow people to see and hear each other
while they’re collaborating.
- More space to see people and content in the
Meet experience allows users to pin content and video
feeds as well as turn off their self feed to stay focused and
help with meeting fatigue.
Creating and editing Sheets and Docs in Chat rooms, which
is already live on the web experience, enables teams to jump
from a discussion in Google Chat straight into building and
reviewing content together. This capability is coming to Slides
in the coming weeks.
- Emoji reactions in Docs, which are coming in the next
few months, allow users to gauge the team’s reactions as they
Working smarter and safer
Google Workspace already surfaces two billion grammar suggestions
in Docs every month and cuts file finding time by 50% through
intelligent file suggestions with Drive’s Priority and Quick
Access features. Today, Google Workspace is expanding its powerful
intelligence in a few key ways.
- Additional assisted writing features in Docs will
surface warnings about offensive words or language, as well as
other stylistic suggestions that can speed up editing and help
make writing more impactful.
- More assisted analysis functionality in Sheets on the
web makes suggestions that help build and troubleshoot formulas,
making it easier for everyone, not just analysts, to derive
insights from data.
Trust is at the center of all collaboration within Google
Workspace. Today it’s also
launching advanced capabilities
that help protect users against security threats and abuse.