Google has announced the general availability of Duet AI, its AI assistant aimed at boosting productivity and streamlining collaboration within its Workspace suite of office applications. With the launch, Google is bringing the power of large language models into its core productivity tools.
Unveiled earlier this year, Duet AI can generate content like presentations, summaries, and notes based on relevant documents and conversations in Workspace apps like Docs, Slides, Drive and Gmail. The AI assistant aims to automate routine tasks and allow users to focus on more meaningful work.
In demos, Google demonstrated Duet AI creating entire presentations with slides, text and images purely based on prompts by the user. The assistant can also join meetings on a user's behalf, providing pre-written messages and summaries.
Other Duet AI capabilities include smart replies in Gmail, automatically translated captions in Google Meet, and the ability to catch up on missed conversations in Google Chat. According to Google, over a million trusted testers have already used Duet AI.
Google also sowed off a brand new Google Chat that uses Duet AI as a real-time collaboration partner. It can provide updates, insights, and proactive suggestions across your Google Workspace apps.
The launch comes as competition intensifies in the AI assistant space, with rivals like Microsoft and startups racing to bring generative AI into office software. However, by harnessing the robust infrastructure of Google Workspace, a suite already trusted by over 3 billion users and 10 million paying customers globally, Duet AI promises to be a game-changer.
Its real-time collaboration capabilities have been fine-tuned during a vigorous testing period involving thousands of companies and more than a million trusted testers. From acting as a coach to serving as a source of inspiration, Duet AI aims to be your productivity's best friend.
Google states that privacy and security remain core priorities. The company says user interactions with Duet AI will remain private, and data is not used for training its models.
Duet AI is now available to all Google Workspace customers, including legacy G Suite Basic and Business users. The assistant can be accessed through the existing Workspace interface across desktop and mobile apps. Google is offering a no-cost trial to allow organizations to test Duet AI. However, CNBC reports that Google plans to start charging large businesses $30 per month for each user.
The launch represents a key milestone in bringing generative AI into the mainstream. As one of the world's most widely used productivity suites, Workspace integration paves the way for AI assistants to fundamentally transform how we collaborate and get work done.