In addition to first-party apps, Google Workspace wants to integrate third-party tools into a user’s existing workflow. Google Meet will get another whiteboarding option with Miro next year.
Miro offers a collaborative whiteboard that already integrates with Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides. Shared documents can be embedded into a Miro canvas for quick viewing and editing to “visualize and manage all the pieces of a project from one shared space.” For example, you can draw connective lines between files, make sticky notes, markup with emoji, and use timer tools.
You can also save your Miro boards to Drive, and Docs, Sheets, and Slides automatically sync across both applications, so you’re always working with the latest content.
Another available integration lets you add Miro boards to Google Calendar invites so that all event participants have the necessary details to start working.
In early 2022, Miro will integrate with Google Meet to let users access a whiteboard during calls. People’s video feeds appear in a right panel with Miro appearing on the left as a “Collaboration” activity.
This is similar but slightly different to how users will soon be able to launch a Meet call directly inside their current Docs window through an identical panel UI (seen below). In opening up to third parties, Google is continuing its work of expanding Meet availability.
Miro is somewhat more productivity-focused than Google’s first-party Jamboard app, which is already integrated into Google Meet as a collaborative tool and has a big education user base.
More about Google Meet:
- Chrome OS 92 rolling out: Redesigned emoji & picker, eSIM support, pre-installed Meet PWA
- Google Meet is now a simple PWA on Mac, Windows, and Chrome OS
- Google Meet for Glass Enterprise Edition enters open beta for Workspace customers
- [Update: iOS] You can now set different or blurred backgrounds in Google Meet for Android
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