Google’s efforts to make Spaces a better competitor to Slack or Microsoft Teams continue by making them discoverable in Gmail search on the web.
At the moment, Gmail allows you to search for “Mail” or “Chat and Spaces”. Now, this last filter is divided into “Messages” (which includes those from individual or group chats) and “Spaces”.
Those in your domain that you’ve already joined will appear, with Gmail searching for “names or descriptions that match your query”. Gmail will also show “discoverable spaces and restricted spaces you’ve been invited to, but haven’t yet joined.” You can immediately “Join” from the results list or “Preview” first.
As the number of spaces within your organization continues to grow, we’re giving you a better way to discover and find the exact space you’re looking for, while providing a path to join spaces for specific teams, projects, common interests, and more.
This feature is currently rolling out and will be fully available in the coming weeks to paying customers. It will be interesting to see how this will be implemented for free accounts and if there will be a public directory of spaces that borders Facebook groups.
- Available to all Google Workspace customers, plus legacy G Suite Basic and Business customers
- Not available to users with personal Google Accounts
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