Google introduced Duet AI for Google Workspace, a new set of AI tools it is bringing to its enterprise productivity suite, a tool similar to what Microsoft is offering with Microsoft 365 Copilot, which is currently in a private preview.
The announcement came during the company’s annual Google I/O developer conference at which Google also announced new features for its generative AI chatbot Bard. Duet AI appears to be Google’s version of Microsoft’s generative AI assistant in Microsoft 365 which it calls Copilot.
Duet AI in Gmail, Slides, Sheets
According to Google, Duet AI already works behind the scenes in Workplace to help users refine emails and documents, and the company is now bringing the experience to Gmail on mobile to help users draft responses on the go.
The company’s initial launch of mobile will be fast-followed by contextual assistance that allows users to create professional replies that automatically fill in names and other relevant information.
This is in addion to Duet AI, Google says a new “Help me write” feature will be rolling out that allows users to leverage generative AI to help them write emails by typing a prompt of what they want to create a full draft of an email.
In Slides, Duet AI will help users generate images with a few words and generate an original visual to help support the text on the slides.
In Google Sheets, Duet AI will help users analyze and act on data with automated data classification and the creation of custom plans, the company says.
Google says classification tools understand the context of data in a cell and can assign a label to it to help eliminate manual data entry.
Also included in Sheets is a new “help me organize” capability that automatically creates custom plans for tasks, projects or any activity users want to track or manage. All they have to do is describe what they want to accomplish and Sheets will generate a plan for them, Google says.
Duet AI in Google Docs
In Docs, Duet AI will help users write content and include smart chips for information like location and status, as well as variables for details that users want to customize such. This adds to the “@ mention” feature in Docs that allows users to stay focused and collaborate in the document.
In addition, Google says it is adding new languages and bringing more capabilities to help with proofreading, tone and style in a new proofread suggestion pane that offers suggestions.
Duet AI in Google Meet
Like how Microsoft plans to bring Copilot into Microsoft Teams, Google wants to weave Duet AI into Google Meet, starting with the ability to generate unique backgrounds for video calls.
Test these features in Google Labs
To help users and organizations test out these new tools, Google is launching the waitlist for Google Labs and offering a limited number of spots to try out new Ai features in Search, Workspace, Project Tailwind and MusicLM.
Learn more about Google Labs and those projects in this short blog post.
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