Google Workspace for Mac

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Key Details of Google Workspace

  • Achieve high performance with efficiently-organized, all-encompassing, cloud-native, integrated productivity, management, and collaboration toolset
  • Last updated on 10/06/20
  • There have been 4 updates within the past 6 months
  • Also available on Android
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Editors' Review

shelbybrown Apr 24, 2017

The Google Docs suite -- including Drive, Docs, Sheets, and Slides -- is a free, easy-to-use, and surprisingly rich collection of productivity software tools.

Pros

Free: Like Google's other consumer services, the Google Docs collection of cloud-based productivity apps, which Google refers to as "Docs Editors," are free to use.

Work in the cloud: All your documents are kept in Google Drive cloud storage. Out of the gate, you get 15GB of storage for free. You can purchase 100GB for $19.99 per year or 1TB for $99.99 per year. Your Gmail messages and Google Photos can count toward your storage cap. By default, you need to be connected to the cloud to work on files, but you can install a Google Docs offline extension and turn on offline access to work when not connected.

Easy collaboration: Share a text file, spreadsheet, or presentation by tapping the Share button and adding people by name or email address. Set whether colleagues can edit, comment, or just view the file and if they can download, print, or copy the document. Collaborators can add comments to a file and address comments made by others. You can view collaborator edits in real time and chat with others working on a file in a message window.

Word processing: Docs, the word-processor app, lets you create, edit, and format text documents. You get text and paragraph formatting tools and can add links, images, and tables; view an outline of your document; run a spell checker; and see word and character count.

Spreadsheets: With the Sheets app, create, edit, and format spreadsheets. You can also build charts and graphs and use built-in formulas. Based on the data in a spreadsheet, Sheets can suggest chart types and analysis through its Explore tool.

Slides: Slides is Google's presentation app. You can build slides, create transitions, and work with text, shapes, and tables. As a bonus, you can drive your presentation from your phone, presenting via Chromecast to a monitor or through a Google Hangouts video chat.

Companion apps: Google offers a collection of related productivity apps to support Docs, Sheets, and Slides: Keep for taking notes, Drawings for charts and diagrams, Forms for survey and forms, and Sites for creating Web pages.

Compatible with Office files: You can import Microsoft Office files -- including Excel data sets -- and convert to Google Docs files. With Office Compatibility Mode (OCM), you can work on Office files in their native formats, and you can save and export files in an Office format.

Templates: Google offers 70-something text, spreadsheet, and presentation templates -- from a project proposal to a to-do list -- to give your documents a polished look.

Add-ons: Through third-party add-ons, extend the functionality of Docs, Sheets, and Forms. Add-ons range from charting tools to bibliography creators and cluster around business and education uses. You can also add custom items, such as menus and dialogs to Docs, Sheets, and Forms with Google's Apps Script.

Cons

Lacks premium features: The Google Drive apps lack some high-end capabilities you can find in a paid productivity suite like Microsoft Office. For industrial-strength capabilities, other tools might be more appropriate.

Bottom Line

Unless you are looking for productivity apps to perform some heavy lifting, Google's free and collaborative Drive, Docs, Sheets, and Slides apps should be more than up to the task.

Full Specifications

What's new in version

  • G Suite is now Google Workspace.
  • The productivity apps you know and love in G Suite aren't going away - Gmail, Calendar, Drive, Docs, Sheets, Slides, Meet, Chat, and all the others will continue to be the foundation of the Google Workspace experience.
  • For smaller businesses, we're introducing tailored offerings that make it easy and cost-effective to get started with Google Workspace - including best-in-class collaboration and productivity tools, security protections, and administrative controls.
  • For larger enterprises, we're introducing a set of offerings with additional productivity features, enterprise-grade administrative controls, and our most advanced security and compliance capabilities, available at both the team and organization level.
  • Deeply integrated user experience.

General

Release October 6, 2020
Date Added October 6, 2020

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Macintosh
Additional Requirements Requires a Google account

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Total Downloads 90,005
Downloads Last Week 165
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Developer's Description

Work faster, work smarter! Make it with Google Workspace, chosen by millions of businesses, from small companies to the Fortune 500. Get Gmail, Docs, Drive, Calendar, Meet and more for business. All you need to do your best work, together in one package that works seamlessly from your computer, phone or tablet. Collaborate on files in real time, quickly find space on everybody's calendar, and take meetings from anywhere. Google Workspace has the tools to boost your productivity.

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All the storage you need: Start with 30GB of online storage per user. Upgrade to our unlimited storage plan for an additional $5 per user per month.
Advanced admin controls: Add and remove users, set up groups, and add security options like 2-step verification and single-sign-on (SSO), all from one centralized admin console.
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