Google Workspace is a set of smart Google applications. This was formerly known as Google Apps, until it was rebranded in late 2016 as G Suite and this year (2020) rebranded as Google Workspace. We recommend Google Workspace for customers who need a complete productivity suite. Google Workspace is much more than just email. It also includes a variety of applications and features that can be quite useful to you. In fact, you probably already use or are familiar with some of them.
Features we use daily
Google Workspace has three different plans that you can use. We use the Google Workspace Business plan for our employees here in the Cloud Office. This starts at just €5.20 per user per month. For many of you, the Starter plan is probably everything you will ever need. Here’s what it includes:
According to Litmus, Gmail is the leader as the most popular email client with a huge 26% market share based on open prices. Not surprisingly, Gmail has been around since 2004 and now serves more than 1.2 billion users. One of the best things about Google Workspace is that you basically get an improved version without ads for the online email client you’re probably already using.
Google Workspace essentially allows your employees to have their own Gmail accounts with email addresses with your business domain name (example: firstname.lastname@example.org).
None of us here in the Cloud Office can live without Google Calendar. Many of us rely on it to plan conversations with clients and set deadlines and reminders for important projects. Google Calendar can help you keep your schedule organized.
One of the great things about using Google Calendar in Google Workspace is the ability to create multiple calendars that are accessible to everyone in your company (or even a subset of users).
For example, you might want a group calendar for events such as team holidays and regular meetings. Joining all your employees to the same organization makes tasks like these even easier than the free version.
Google Drive lets you store, access, and share your files in one safe place. Then you have easy access to them from any device. Google Workspace Business Starter plans come with 30GB of storage for each employee. Google Workspace Business and Enterprise provide up to 5TB of storage, so you’ll always have enough space for your files.
If you haven’t used Google Drive before, one of the best things we like about it is the amazing search functionality. However, it’s probably not surprising, as it also works with the world’s largest search engine. Did you know that you can search based on the contents of a document (regardless of the file name)? Quite convenient. This means you can easily find what you are looking for, no matter how disorganized you are.
Google Docs and Google Sheets
Google Docs and Google Sheets almost speak for themselves and are again tools we use every day. They allow you to create and edit text documents and spreadsheets directly in your browser. Import your documents to make them instant editable, including Microsoft Word, Excel, and PDF files (.docx, .doc, .pdf, .rtf, .txt, xlsx, .csv, .html, .ods). From February 2018, you can even collaborate and comment on Microsoft Office files without having to automatically convert to Google format.
You can also export to other common formats. This makes it easier to collaborate with others or companies and send files back and forth without having to install or purchase additional software at all.
Note: Google Docs and spreadsheets created directly in Google Workspace do not count toward your storage limit.
Here are just a few of the common tasks we use them for:
Receive feedback and comments from team members for new content.
Send content to others. Never in the last few years has anyone wanted a Word document, everyone always wants a Google Doc. Why? Because it’s just super easy and easy to use.
One of the best features of Google Docs and Spreadsheets is real-time commenting and unlimited versions. Previous versions are stored indefinitely and are not included in your storage. This makes it extremely easy to track changes made to a document, or undo an error. Sharing documents with your colleagues or others is also incredibly easy.
Google Keep seems to be one of those well-kept secrets that no one knows about. If you’re looking for a major alternative to Evernote, Google Keep is great! This is a great little tool, whether you use Google Workspace or not. As a Google product, it works seamlessly within the Google ecosystem.
This can be an easy way to keep the frequently asked questions you receive from customers in a convenient place. Create to-do lists, notes, and set reminders to stay on track. Everything syncs between your devices, so what’s important is always available. Easily share with your team and back them up when you’re done. Again, Google search works flawlessly with it.
In terms of uptime, Google is one of the best in terms of reliability. If you want to look at the technical details, Google Workspace offers a 99.9% service level agreement (SLA) for covered services, and in recent years they have actually exceeded that. Due to the fact that email is such an important part of any business, Google Workspace has no scheduled outages or maintenance windows. All their data centers are built with a surplus of infrastructure.
But just like any service, they can never be accessed 100% of the time. Therefore, you can always monitor the Google Workspace status dashboard for up-to-date information on all of their products.
These are just some of the services provided by Google Workspace. For questions and more information contact us!