SAN FRANCISCO – Google on Wednesday announced a slew of enhancements to G Suite, its productivity suite that includes Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, Gmail, Hangouts Chat and a variety of other business apps. The additions, many of them still in beta, are aimed at boosting users’ productivity, helping them work with external collaborators and services, and giving organizations more control and insight over enterprise data.
G Suite now has 5 million paying business customers, up from 4 million one year ago, according to David Thacker, vice president of product management for G Suite. At the company’s Cloud Next conference, Thacker and other company representatives repeatedly stressed the office suite’s collaboration features as a key differentiator between G Suite and its main competitor, Microsoft’s Office 365.
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