Google is adding bots, artificial intelligence, and integrations between G Suite and Hangouts Chat in a bid to up its collaboration game.
According to Google, Hangouts Chat is generally available, and Docs and Calendar will get more AI features. These features in G Suite are critical given how rivals are coming at collaboration from different angles.
For instance, Microsoft is integrating tools into Office 365 and separately developing Teams. Slack has gained traction in the enterprise, but it's noisy. Atlassian has Jira, Trello, and recently launched Stride, which aims to give work processes and collaboration a do-over. In addition, Facebook @Workplace has garnered interest.
Add it up and Google has to rev G Suite with more collaboration and leverage its artificial intelligence tools to keep its users moving forward. Google's cloud business now generates about $1 billion in revenue a quarter, with G Suite accounting for about half that sum, according to Jefferies estimates.