You can now join a video call straight from Google Docs
Joining a Meet video call is now easier than ever thanks to a new feature that will allow users to join directly from Google Docs, Sheets or Slides.
Going forward, Google Docs users will see a new icon next to the “Share” button, allowing them to join a Meet video call directly from their document.
Google Docs video calls
The new taskbar will house a full list of all the video calls and meetings a users has scheduled, including dates and times, with the join button showing once a meeting is live.
As mentioned, it will be present not just in Google Docs, but also Sheets and Slides, giving users multiple ways to join.
Google says this new approach will also allow users to have the content they are working on open and within sight whilst on a call, rather than needing to juggle multiple apps or browser windows.
The tool was first announced last month, but is now rolling out to all Google Workspace customers, as well as legacy G Suite Basic and Business users now. It will be on by default, with users starting to see the changes immediately.
“To help teams do their best work in the hybrid work world, as many of us begin a return to office, we continue to make enhancements to Google Meet to help ensure that video meetings are inclusive and collaborative no matter the location or device preference,” the entry in the Google Workspace update blog states.
“We hope this feature makes it easier for everyone in the meeting to collaborate in real-time while having a conversation—all from the same tab.”
Google Meet is also set to soon receive a new picture-in-picture mode, which will allow Chrome users to bring up a floating meeting window that sits on top of other browser tabs.