Google announces a host of new features for Meet to make remote working more efficient among teams

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Google announces a host of new features for Meet to make remote working more efficient among teams
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  • Now Google Meet gets in-meeting reactions, PiP, and more.
  • The upcoming client-side encryption feature will give direct control of the encryption keys.
  • Google says upcoming features will be available from next month.
Google has announced a bunch of updates to Google Meet. The new update will bring plenty of features, but the highlights are in-meeting reactions, emoji reactions, Google Docs integration, Sheets, and Slides, and a new picture-in-picture mode.

The search giant will be rolling out client-side encryption next month, which is currently under beta. Users will be able to gain full control over the encryption keys once the update arrives.

Announcing the major update Google’s Director of product (Google Meet), Dave Citron said, “we know we need solutions that help people build connections that can bridge the gap between physical spaces and somewhere else.” Citron also noted that these updates focus on ‘collaboration equity’ meaning, the ability to contribute to meetings despite location, role, experience level, device performance, and language. The aim of these updates is to break down barriers and give the same experience to those who are working remotely and in physical spaces.
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Upcoming new features in Google Meet
According to Google, picture-in-picture mode will be available from next month. This feature will help presenters to see their audience while navigating windows and tabs.

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In-meeting reactions will let users visually express themselves with emojis. Google says it will bring out more energy into the meeting and will give immediate feedback to presenters and other attendees.

Another major update is Google Meet integration with Docs, Sheets, and Slides and this feature will be available in the coming weeks. Users can start a meeting and bring people to a document, spreadsheet, and even presentation. According to Google, it will help teams in the meeting to collaborate in real-time while having a conversation.

The client-side encryption feature will give direct control of encryption keys to users. We don’t know when this security feature will be available for all as it is currently in the beta stage.

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