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Interactive news on Google Meet and Spaces live streams

Google Workspace announced new features in Meet and Spaces that seek to promote collaboration in remote work or hybrid. These are tools that aim to connect workers who are in different countries, offices, homes or wherever so that the distance becomes almost imperceptible.

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In this context, the company announced news for live broadcasts. In the coming months, those attending the live broadcasts will be able to participate in questions and answers, as well as surveys. These features are already available to users of Meet video calls, where you can now host meetings of up to 500 active participants with the ability to broadcast live to audiences of up to 100,000 trusted Google Workspace domains.

On the other hand, Meet broadcasts can be made directly on Youtube, directly from the activities tab. This will allow you to reach an increasingly wide audience. Integration with YouTube means a Google account can be used for authentication, simplifying the live streaming process.

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As is known, remote work has increased the surface of potential attacks, with which the care of the cybersecurity has become a priority for many companies. In light of this situation, security has been tightened on Google Meet.

“Starting in May, we will implement optional client-side encryption (currently in beta) to help keep your communications more confidential, secure, and private. This feature gives customers direct control of encryption keys and the identity provider used to access those keys. Throughout 2022, we will introduce optional end-to-end encryption for all meetings,” the company said in a statement.

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Another novelty is that starting next month Reactions to Meet meetings arrive. Thus, it will be possible to share emojis while attending virtual meetings and presentations. Another layer of “reality” for an increasingly virtual work context.

Users will be able to start video calls from a file in Docs, Sheets and Slides to present this content to all meeting attendees. It is an option that facilitates collaboration in real time while the chat is held. This tool will be available in the coming weeks.

The always well valued picture-in-picture also came to Google Meet. This feature, which will be available starting next month, will allow users to view a mosaic of up to four meeting participants in a floating window while using other applications or performing other tasks. This will be possible from the Chrome browser and points to the multitasking that some users appreciate so much.

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On the other hand, new ways to connect with Plugin Mode were announced. Throughout the year, people in in-person conference rooms will be able to add their personal tile to video calls from Add-On Mode using their computer’s camera, making it easier for other attendees to see their expressions and gestures.

Spaces, the solution for asynchronous collaboration between teams within Gmail, also adds new features:

Online topic thread. With this option, members of a space will be able to respond to specific comments and create side conversations, while keeping the dialogue organized and contextual. Each teammate can easily navigate a space and catch up on the topics that matter to them, at a time that works best for their schedule. The gradual rollout of this feature began in September 2021.

Search improvements. The new search feature within Google Chat and Spaces will be optimized to show the most relevant files and conversations, as well as filter chips to search results within chat. This option will be available throughout this year.

since a few days, users can invite others to join Spaces. Later this year, users will be allowed to search for and join spaces from the organization they belong to.

In turn, this year the limits on the number of members of a space will be increased from 8,000 to 25,000. This will improve knowledge sharing and collaboration in larger organizations.

In Spaces there are also improvements in security. In this way, tools will be implemented for content moderation, space management and setting the right rules for healthy communication. The gradual rollout of these features began in September 2021.

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