With the unveiling of Google IO 2021, Google unveiled what they call “the next big step”, referring directly to collaborative work and productivity in work teams through its Workspace ecosystem.
Specifically Documents (Google Docs), Presentations (Google Slides) and Spreadsheet (Google Sheets), will receive features designed primarily to offer a more integrated and interactive experience when combined with Google Meet (messaging and calling application, formerly Hangouts).
Presentations of documents, presentations and sheets via Google Meet
In this way, the “smart canvas” presented by Google will have a new “Present in meeting” feature and will be located at the top right, right next to the “Share” button.
The purpose of this novelty is to list the meetings that are scheduled in the calendar and that, through a predetermined or customized code, are entered manually to view the contents in a Google Meet call on the web directly from the document, sheet or slide where you are. already working with your team.
In this way it will be possible to integrate more people into the project and collaborate in real time without losing the pace of work. These video broadcasts will be placed on the right side of the screen, in a sidebar to avoid any distraction.
If you want to send some documents, presentations or spreadsheets in your Google Meet calls, you need to make the call from a computer with Chrome browser, these are the steps to follow:
- Start a meeting on Google Meet.
- Open the file you want to view on the screen.
- Click on “Present to a meeting” located in the top menu represented by an upload icon.
- Select the meeting call or code / link (in case you are invited).
- Choose file preview or full screen to confirm.
- When you return to the call, the presentation will be visible to all meeting members.
Another feature that will be integrated is the introduction of a format that will allow you to “remove the boundaries of a page to create a surface that expands on any device or screen in use”.
This way, the interface will be more adaptable to different screens, mainly for tablets, large images or detailed comments.
However, when converting that document to PDF or for printing, the traditional page view will always remain available.
And although we know that Google Meet already supports subtitles in 5 languages and real-time translation, the news is that in the middle of this year the company will introduce the possibility of translating subtitles from English to Italian, from Portuguese to French and so on.