Google Workspace has introduced new features on its Chat platform to make collaboration even easier, but it can get even more confusing for some users.
Company announced (opens in a new tab) Updates at the Google Cloud Next ’22 event introducing chat and layering, which can complicate matters for non-IT-savvy employees.
Previously, Google Chat spaces could hold up to 400 members, making the platform useless for large-scale messaging in large organizations. This has now been increased 20 times to the 8,000 limit, which the company hopes will help boost the app’s appeal.
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However, anyone familiar with Slack’s interface will already understand adding threads and commenting on individual messages in space, which, according to Google, will allow “smaller groups of people to [to] continue the conversation on a specific topic. ”
The backlog feature is designed with ease of use in mind, with indicators like notification badges and direct “@” mentions, but some users may still struggle to track notifications from across the platform that are not in one central location.
We already know the version of Google Spaces chat groups, organized by subject. This format will continue to be supported until early 2023, when the thread-based system will become the only option for newly created Spaces.
Existing spaces in the “old” design will not be affected, however, so if users would prefer to stop the “loosening” of Google’s online collaboration tool, they should create your spaces before taking over the thread.
This feature has already been rolled out to all Google Workspace customers, including legacy G Suite Basic and Business plans, and is available to personal Google Account holders.