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Google Rebrands 'Apps for Work' To 'G Suite,' Adds New Features (thenextweb.com) 63

Google has renamed "Apps for Work" to "G Suite" to "help people everywhere work and innovate together, so businesses can move faster and go bigger." They have also added a bunch of new features, such as a "Quick Access" section for Google Drive for Android that uses machine learning to predict what files you're going to need when you open up the app, based off your previous behavior. Calendar will automatically pick times to set up meetings through the use of machine intelligence. Sheets is also using AI "to turn your layman English requests into formulas through its 'Explore' feature," reports The Next Web. "In Slides, Explore uses machine learning to dynamically suggest and apply design ideas, while in Docs, it will suggest backup research and images you can use in your musings, as well as help you insert files from your Drive account. Throughout Docs, Sheets, and Slides, you can now recover deleted files on Android from a new 'Trash' option in the side/hamburger menu." Google's cloud services will now fall under a new "Google Cloud" brand, which includes G Suite, Google Cloud Platform, new machine learning tools and APIs, and Google's various devices that access the cloud. Slashdot reader wjcofkc adds: I just received the following email from Google. When I saw the title, my first thought was that there was malware lying at the end -- further inspection proved it to be real. Is this the dumbest name change in the history of name changes? Google of all companies does not have to try so hard. "Hello Google Apps Customer, We created Google Apps to help people everywhere work and innovate together, so that your organization can move faster and achieve more. Today, we're introducing a new name that better reflects this mission: G Suite. Over the coming weeks, you'll see our new name and logo appear in familiar places, including the Admin console, Help Center, and on your invoice. G Suite is still the same all-in-one solution that you use every day, with the same powerful tools -- Gmail, Docs, Drive, and Calendar. Thanks for being part of the journey that led us to G Suite. We're always improving our technology so it learns and grows with your team. Visit our official blog post to learn more."
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Google Rebrands 'Apps for Work' To 'G Suite,' Adds New Features

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  • OMG Again (Score:2, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward

    Google has changed this service more times... For some reason I like this service, bit jiminy, stabilize!

    • Rebranding is a symptom of too many useless and bored managers in the marketing department.
  • by Anonymous Coward

    Sounds an awful lot like "g-spot."

  • basic features (Score:2, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward

    wake me up when you can filter and sort on messages in mail, only allow access to G-whateva from certain src IPs, freeze an account and have it read only for a much reduced monthly fee (like when employees leaves) etc etc etc x100

  • I was actually using Google for Work as a spam filter service, but they have thrown so much other stuff in that spreads sticky fingers all over your Android system. Back to an Open Source solution. Who runs a good crowdsourced spam filter these days?
    • What "sticky fingers" do you see?

      I mean, it's Google so you expect a certain level of intrusiveness and they must read the e-mail to characterize it for filtering. But I find their spam filtering to be the best going precisely because it's crowd-sourced. The sheer volume of users would be tough for any other shared database to duplicate, but I'd be curious what responses you get, myself.

      I see no reason for a name change, but VPs need to make themselves appear useful somehow, I guess. If Google would limit i

      • A Google login, whether you get it via gmail or "G Suite", ties into all of the Android apps and keeps search history and integrates it into other Google products, and runs synchronization of most app data so they can see a great deal of what you do on the phone. About the worst that you can do is turn on device management. It will take about two days to turn off and during that time it will do its very best to force your email users to put their devices under your control. After that you apparently even ha
        • A Google login, whether you get it via gmail or "G Suite", ties into all of the Android apps and keeps search history and integrates it into other Google products, and runs synchronization of most app data so they can see a great deal of what you do on the phone.

          Gosh, what does that remind me of? Oh, right, every networked workstation since networked workstations have been around: they store their mail, configuration files, history files, and documents on a central server and run remote management, configur

      • Sticky fingers you'll get if you spend a long time looking for the g-spot!
    • I have not tried a hosted spam filtering service, but I have had success with using amavisd on my email server once I trained the Bayesian filter with my spam and ham corpus. I also turned on razor, SORBS, SURBL, Spamhaus, and BRBL. The MTA is configured to drop pathological email attempts.

      On any given day, at least 50% (and sometimes up to 75%, the weekly average is 60%) of the spam attempts get dropped before anything is delivered for filtering. Amavisd is able identify around 50% to 70% of the spam du

    • I don't know about crowd sourced, but I am using FastMail these days.

      It does everything that I used to use Google Apps for: multiple domains and aliases and spam filtering. I love it. Plus, as the name implies, the web interface is very snappy.

  • Although the poster had an issue with the name, I thought "G Suite" is better than the alternative, "G Spot."

    More practical, too - half the population wouldn't use something named "G Spot, since most men can't find it and would swear it doesn't really exist!!

  • Fell for that line and logged into G Suite (aka: Apps for work) with it.

    Worked on my Google domain for a week to do what an FTP program would taken seconds to of done; only to find this site an exception to the fact.

    Said screw it and let a $10 domain run out, would of nickeled and dimed me to death in the long run anyhow.

  • Machine learning, really? They mean the "recent documents" feature that has been apart of windows, since what, '98 or so? Super Cool Story, Bro!

  • by fermion ( 181285 ) on Thursday September 29, 2016 @10:31PM (#52986853) Homepage Journal
    The collaboration in the word processor is nice, but even Apple has that to some extent now. Google does this a lot, provides a decent product then ignores it and lets it get stale. I was thinking they were going to kill it off like they do with most of their products. Does the spreadsheet have a real regression line feature yet?
  • by Anonymous Coward

    It's like some weird mutation of Clippy. It never works properly and as such, just gets in your way.

  • The engineers and creatives who founded Google brought us powerful tools that made us more productive. Now, with money in the bank, they are hiring marketing people and MBAs and they are 'sprucing up their image' and trying to appeal to advertisers.

    It's all going downhill at Google/Alphabet. Relax. Inhale deeply. Now rethink the plan.

  • So this thing will pick up meeting dates and guess which files you want. Nice. But you still cannot create a fucking MAILING LIST. You want a nice support@yourcompany.com? You have to pick ONE mailbox (which cannot be shared).

    Their solution: use Google Groups. Which are useless especially since you have to whitelist every sender. And still no real backup.

    Sad to say but those guys are 5+ years behind Office365.

  • Have you run out of ideas to improve your product? Is listening to your customers too difficult and time consuming?

    Why not do what every lazy marketing department does, REBRAND!

    It gives the illusion of doing something whilst actually doing nothing. Who cares if you are doing something as long as it _feels_ like you are!

    Now available wherever the kool-aid is drunk!

  • This could make searching for things related to it easier. The trouble with "apps" is that searching for "google apps" brings up stuff relating to Android apps and other irrelevant stuff. At least "suite", if it takes off as a name, will make searching for answers specific to the application suite easier than "apps", which is just too generic to be searchable.

  • Does this...

    "In Slides, Explore uses machine learning to dynamically suggest and apply design ideas, while in Docs, it will suggest backup research and images you can use in your musings, as well as help you insert files from your Drive account." ...sound like Clippy to anybody else?

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