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Google G Suite AI Talks With Your Colleagues So You Don't Have To

Google is adding Smart Reply to Google Hangouts, Smart Compose for autocompleting email and grammar suggestions to Google Docs.

Mitch Wagner

July 24, 2018

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Google G Suite AI Talks With Your Colleagues So You Don't Have To

SAN FRANCISCO -- Google Next 2018 -- Sure, you hate your co-workers. Who wouldn't hate those guys? Now, with new AI enhancements to Google's G Suite, you can spend less time communicating with them and more time seething with resentment.

At the company's annual conference Tuesday, Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) added Smart Reply to Google Hangouts. Smart Reply, previously available in GMail, suggests most likely responses to messages, such as "Oh! Good idea" "I don't think so" and "If you keep stealing my salad dressing from the breakroom refrigerator I will stab you in the eye with a spork." (I made up one of those.)

"The proposed responses are casual enough for chat and yet appropriate in a workplace," Google says in a blog post announcing the new capabilities Tuesday.

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Smart Compose enhances GMail by autocompleting your emails, filling in greetings, sign offs, common phrases and personalized information like your office or home address. "And best of all, it will get smarter with time -- for example, learning how you prefer to greet certain people in emails to ensure that when you use Smart Compose you sound like yourself," Google says.

Also, Google Docs gets grammar suggestions, where the AI spots common grammar errors and suggests corrections on the fly.

Additionally, Google enhanced G Suite security and regulatory compliance, with an investigation tool to help admins troubleshoot attacks as they happen, as well as data regions, to allow admins to control the geographic area where their data is located.

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Mitch Wagner

Executive Editor, Light Reading

San Diego-based Mitch Wagner is many things. As well as being "our guy" on the West Coast (of the US, not Scotland, or anywhere else with indifferent meteorological conditions), he's a husband (to his wife), dissatisfied Democrat, American (so he could be President some day), nonobservant Jew, and science fiction fan. Not necessarily in that order.

He's also one half of a special duo, along with Minnie, who is the co-habitor of the West Coast Bureau and Light Reading's primary chewer of sticks, though she is not the only one on the team who regularly munches on bark.

Wagner, whose previous positions include Editor-in-Chief at Internet Evolution and Executive Editor at InformationWeek, will be responsible for tracking and reporting on developments in Silicon Valley and other US West Coast hotspots of communications technology innovation.

Beats: Software-defined networking (SDN), network functions virtualization (NFV), IP networking, and colored foods (such as 'green rice').

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