Google Workspace, born G Suite, has some very cool new options coming in the near future. If you use Workspace in your company (and / or have some Google-branded hardware around your home), you’ll soon have access to exciting new ways to work remotely.

An intriguing addition seems to be the “second screen”

; meeting option shown above, which will allow you to see participants in a meeting on one screen (like a TV via Chromecast) while using your laptop or smart display for other functions. The live caption feature, available on Pixel devices, will be activated in workspace meetings in English, Spanish, German, Portuguese and French to launch, and a split-screen option for mobile devices is also planned. The calendar gets the ability to split working hours into more variable pieces without the need for multiple entries (for those who don’t do a conventional workday from 9 to 5), and the ability to share locations and availability with colleagues. A new time focus tool will help minimize notifications and distractions for set periods.

Google also plans to introduce the Workspace Frontline, a new level specifically designed to connect conventional work teams and front-line workers such as firefighters, police and emergency medical services. Custom AppSheet applications and improved data security will be part of this, although there is no indication when these services will be introduced.

If you’ve come to rely on Google Assistant voice commands around your home or in your daily work, you may be disappointed that his or her authority is limited to your personal Google Account. As of today, this is changing: Assistant now has access to Google Workspace accounts, allowing him to use and modify information in Gmail and Google Calendar. Before the feature was in beta.

You can now use the “hey, Google, when’s my next appointment” command without having to effortlessly import your work calendar into your personal account or even dictate a quick email to someone on your work contact list. However, don’t rush to try it: the feature will be introduced in your Google Workspace accounts over the next two weeks and will be turned off by default (the Workspace administrator will need to enable it first). It should work on both phones and smart speakers, although technically it is still in beta for the latter.