Google is leveraging more AI to help Google Docs users write more efficiently. The app, part of Google’s t suite, will provide helpful suggestions to improve writing style, ensure inclusiveness and avoid unnecessary words through a feature called assisted writing suggestions.
“These new features offer a variety of stylistic and editorial suggestions when composing documentsGoogle said of the rollout of the assisted writing feature. “Suggestions will appear as you type and guide you when there are opportunities to avoid repeated or unnecessary words, helping to diversify your writing and ensure you are using the most effective word for the situation“.
The internet search giant said that as you write, you’ll see suggestions for alternative wording, using the active voice, keeping sentence structures concise, using more inclusive language, and potentially inappropriate words. If Google spots potential edits to your document, it will flag them with a purple line.
“You’ll see suggestions when it’s possible to structure a sentence with an active voice or when a sentence can be more concise, which will help make your writing more impactful“explains Google in a detailed blog post. “Potentially discriminatory or inappropriate language will be flagged, along with suggestions on how to make your writing more inclusive and appropriate for your audience.“.
The latest features are an extension of existing tools designed to repair basic spelling and grammar errors.
Not for everybody
Unfortunately, not all users will be able to benefit from the latest Google tools designed to improve their writing. Google said that the tone and style tool will only be available to Workspace for Business plan subscribers (Business Standard, Business Plus, Enterprise Standard, Enterprise Plus and Education Plus). This means that this particular feature will not be available for Google Workspace Essentials, Business Starter, Enterprise Essentials, Education Fundamentals, Frontline, and Nonprofits, as well as G Suite Basic and Business customers.
Likewise, the word warning tool is only available to subscribers of Business Standard, Business Plus, Enterprise Standard, Enterprise Plus, Education Fundamentals, Education Standard, Education Plus, Teaching, and Learning Up. This feature will not be available for Google Workspace Essentials, Business Starter, Enterprise Essentials, Frontline, and Nonprofits, as well as G Suite Basic and Business customers.
It’s a bit of a shame that Google’s latest tools — which are designed to help people write more inclusively — aren’t available to all Google Docs users. The latest Google Docs update follows Google’s recent announcement to improve collaboration in its online suite through deeper integration with the Google Meet video conferencing platform.