Google's Cloud Services Get New Names

By Features PCmag

Heads up, business folk: Google today made a slew of work-focused announcements spanning its cloud, apps, and technical infrastructure solutions.

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For starters, Google's cloud platform—"our user facing collaboration and productivity applications"—is now known as Google Cloud. It encompasses all the company's cloud technologies and products: its "user-facing collaboration and productivity applications" (think, Gmail and Docs); machine learning tools and APIs; enterprise maps APIs; and all Android phones, tablets, and Chromebooks that access the cloud.

Apps for Work, meanwhile, is also getting a new name: G Suite.

And what's a new name without some new features? Docs, Sheets, and Slides now support Explore, which will deliver "insights, design tools and research recommendations so you can create better work, faster." A new Drive feature called Quick Access also aims to save you time by using machine learning to "intelligently predict the files you need before you've even typed anything." Finally, Google is rolling out its "Find and time" feature, already available on Android, to Calendar on iOS.

On top of that, Google also today announced new cloud technologies and machine intelligence capabilities, along with eight new Cloud Platform locations: Mumbai, Singapore, Sydney, Northern Virginia, São Paulo, London, Finland, and Frankfurt.

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