Google rolls out Gmail redesign to G Suite customers, plus new Google Voice beta

Smart Compose, a feature in the redesigned Gmail app rolling out to G Suite customers Wednesday. (Google Photo)

A few months after unveiled a new design for Gmail, Google is ready to roll that out to G Suite business customers alongside some new features for Google Voice and Google Drive, as it continues to emphasize its business productivity software suite at Google Cloud Next in San Francisco.

You snooze, you win; at least when it comes to the new Gmail design. The revamped email software now allows all G Suite users to snooze an email like you would with that wretched alarm clock, surfacing a reminder to deal with it later after the coffee has kicked in. The new design also comes with enhanced security features driven by machine-learning techniques applied to spam and phishing emails, as well as the Smart Reply and organization features announced by Google back in April.

Building on G Suite announcements from the first day of Google Cloud Next, the company also plans to introduce a new beta version of its Google Voice calling app through the G Suite Early Adopter program. Tech administrators will be able to set policies and assign numbers through a new enterprise-friendly version of Google Voice that also includes voicemail transcription.

Also, you might have noticed that Google is pretty good at search. It plans to extend the Cloud Search service it introduced last year to help companies find documents and other information stored across third-party applications and multiple operating environments.

And rounding out the second day of G Suite enhancements, Google plans to sell an enterprise version of Google Drive decoupled from the mail and calendar apps that make up G Suite. This could appeal to companies that don’t want to change their email and calendaring software (perhaps because their Microsoft Exchange admin has put their foot down) but want to use some of the collaborative document editing features that Google Drive allows.