Recently, Google described what generative AI features it plans to integrate into Workspace apps, and now it is beginning public testing in Gmail and Docs.
Commercial, business, and educational users (over 18) in the United States are included in the current trusted test program. This “small group” that Google asked to participate in the program must sign up and opt-in, with the option to withdraw at any time.
Gmail generates everything from employment cover letters to birthday invitations using generative AI. Users can ask Google to edit their writing, adding more details or condensing it. Additionally, there is the option to “Formalize” a note, and Google has demonstrated an amusing “I’m feeling lucky” option that adds humor and uses other amusing stylistic choices. (e.g., emoji).
Gmail for Android is in development, and Google has already shown us what its user interface looks like. Floating action buttons (FAB) appear in the lower right corner of the compose screen to show the choices.
A similar feature exists in Google Docs’ AI, which allows users to rewrite the text in a succinct or thorough manner. Music lyrics can be written on it, as well as blog posts. When clicked, the “Help me write” button will expand to display an input prompt. Afterwards, Google generates your request and gives people the option to generate/”View another” and “Refine.” You can then “Insert” your request into the current document.
Participants in the test program will be able to provide feedback in Gmail and Docs, which Google will use to improve and iterate the generative AI feature. These Workspace features will be available to users outside of Google for the first time.
Google says that availability will increase “over time” and advises interested parties to keep an eye on a new landing page for potential participation possibilities in the future. There isn’t a Bard-like queue available right now.