Google Meet video chats should now be more useful if you need to get the job done or just don’t want them hogging your screen. Google is rolling out more Workspace updates that include Meet’s video chat offering directly in Docs, Sheets, and Slides. You can start a virtual meeting and transfer it to the document you’re working on to help you collaborate without having to switch between tabs.
You can also submit that content if it’s ready to use. This should be available in the “next few weeks,” Google said.
However, you will have the freedom to switch tabs if you wish. Google is also introducing much-needed Picture-in-Picture support (center) for Meet in April. You’ll need to use Chrome, but the feature will allow you to see up to four video tiles in a separate window as you jump between other tabs and apps. This will be useful if you need to show different cards during a presentation, but let’s be honest: it will also help you keep a video chat active when you can’t (or don’t want to) give all your attention.
Other upcoming Meet enhancements include emoji reactions during the meeting (coming in April) and the option to add your own video tile from interactive companion mode and your laptop camera (coming later this year). Meet hardware is also starting to offer automatic noise cancellation. The Spaces collaborative environment, meanwhile, will finally offer online threading to keep your conversations tidy.
The improvements are acknowledgments that remote and hybrid work is here to stay despite back-to-office plans in many businesses. At the same time, they seem to be really useful features that might encourage you to use Workspace… and, of course, skip rivals like Microsoft Teams.