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Google Cloud: Best New Features for Business

Google cloud, business technology Google's online services are being combined under a single umbrella.

If Google's online services are part of your business plan, you'll need to get ready for Google Cloud. The newly-announced platform combines all of Google's cloud-based services – including the Google Cloud Platform, data analytics tools, Google Apps for Work, and even Android phones and Chromebooks – under a single umbrella.

It's not just a rebranding effort. Google says that the online infrastructure for those services is being retooled to suit the needs of business users at every level, from the self-employed to the world's largest enterprises. Among the biggest changes is the expansion of the Google Cloud Platform — which includes tools to help companies build and host apps and websites — to serve new geographic regions around the world.

And there are plenty of noteworthy changes that should interest smaller businesses, including a slew of updates for Google Apps for Work, now re-branded as G Suites. The G Suites collection includes Gmail, Drive, Calendar, Docs, Hangouts and more. Here's a quick rundown of the additions that have already been rolled out.

  • Smarter storage: Google Drive will use special cues — like recent activity, scheduled meetings with colleagues and the time of day — to present files that you're likely to need when you first log in.
  • Smarter scheduling: Google Calendar will be able to scan the schedules of all individuals invited to a meeting in order to find a time that works for everyone. It will also take into account information like available rooms and previous bookings.
  • Smarter spreadsheets: Google Sheets will become more user friendly with the ability to create specialized formulas based on questions posed in natural language. 
  • Smarter documents and presentations: A sidebar in Google Docs and Google Slides will help you quickly find additional information, images and other related materials on the Web.
Brett Nuckles

A former Ohio newspaper man, Brett Nuckles fled the Midwest in 2013. He now lives in Seattle, where he spends his days tinkering with smartphones, tablets and computers. He loves to think about the intersection of technology and productivity, and how to get the most out of new gadgets and apps. He's also a big fan of vegetarian food and digital painting. In his off hours he spends most of his time drawing and painting sci-fi/fantasy scenes on his PC with his trusty Wacom stylus in hand.