Google Opens Pre-Orders for Duet AI for Google Workspace Enterprise

Duet AI for Google Workspace Enterprise

Google has opened pre-orders for Duet AI for Google Workspace Enterprise, a new collection of generative AI features for its cloud-based productivity suite. With this new offering, Google said that it has taken into account the feedback the company received when it announced the Duet AI for Google Workspace public beta at its annual I/O developer conference last month.

“We’ve received a lot of helpful feedback from the thousands of organizations and hundreds of thousands of users enrolled in Workspace Labs. We’ve incorporated this feedback into a new offering we’re launching today, Duet AI for Google Workspace Enterprise, which is now available for pre-order and will be generally available in all regions where Workspace is sold later this year, explained Steve Holt, VP of strategy for Google Workspace.

For now, organizations interested in pre-ordering Duet AI for Google Workspace Enterprise can fill out a form to express their interest. Google has yet to make pricing details public, but the company said that it will share more details on availability for SMBs, education, and consumers in the coming months. 

Duet AI for Google Workspace will add new generative AI features in Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, Meet, and Gmail. Here are the main features that will be available at launch:

  • In Google Docs and Gmail, Duet AI will provide ChatGPT-like capabilities for helping users write and refine content.
  • Google Sheets will help users to classify data and create custom plans for projects.
  • Duet AI in Google Slides will allow users to create original images from text
  • In Google Meet, Duet AI will be able to generate unique backgrounds for video calls
Duet AI in Google Slides (Image credit: Google)

Duet AI for Google Workspace Enterprise will compete with the Microsoft 365 Copilot

The Duet AI for Google Workspace announcement was preceded by Microsoft launching its early access program for the Microsoft 365 Copilot. Just like Google, the Redmond giant wants to get its Microsoft 365 commercial customers to get hooked on AI, and the Microsoft 365 promises to be more versatile than Google’s Duet AI thanks to support for third-party plugins.

If generative AI promises to revolutionize how we work, this new technology also requires a lot of computational power, which is why OpenAI put some limitations on the free version of ChatGPT. While both Google and Microsoft have yet to share details about how much their enterprise-focused generative AI offerings will cost, a recent report from The Information claimed that Microsoft was charging some Office 365 customers a 40% extra to test its new AI features. Frank X. Shaw, head of communications for Microsoft vehemently denied the report and said it was “factually wrong.”