Google is rolling out a feature to make it work

News hardware Google is rolling out a feature to make it work

Telework has become part of our daily routines, and it will not happen without the digital giants. All the more so since the start of the pandemic in 2020, Zoom, Microsoft Teams and Google Meet, among others, have been jostling to become the reference videoconferencing platform. And as such, Google has just announced a feature intended for all those who are “rather TV than work”.

A reduced mode to follow your video in multitasking

Not sure that’s a great idea to boost your productivity: while Microsoft wants you to play at work, Google Meet will soon allow you to perform background tasks during your videoconferences, through a new feature. It’s up to you to use it as you see fit: process your emails, write a Word document, finish a PowerPoint… Or watch a series on Netflix.

In a blog post published on June 16, Google actually reveals that a mode picture-in-picture is currently rolling out to Google Meet users on the Chrome browser. The principle is simple: rather than watching your videoconference in full screen, you can display the interlocutors of your meeting in a corner of your desktop, to open other files or applications in parallel.

This “picture in picture” being reduced, it can only show a maximum of four contacts at the same time. By default, Google Meet will prioritize participants who are talking, or those you’ve pinned beforehand — randomly, we suggest your manager, just to check that he or she has not noticed that your gaze has suddenly become lost in a game of Fortnite.

The ability to pin multiple video streams at once

That’s good, because the Google Meet update also includes the ability to pin multiple people at once, to keep a simultaneous eye on different interlocutors. A welcome feature, for example, if several of your colleagues are sharing the floor during a meeting, or for employees who need a sign language interpreter.

This update has already started to be launched by Google, and should be available to all users within a few days at the latest — this includes Google Workspace and G Suite users, as well as all personal accounts.

To find out if you can take advantage of this mode PinPsimply click on the icon representing three vertical dots at the bottom of your videoconference window, then choose “Enable picture in picture” in the menu that appears. If the option is not yet accessible, arm yourself with a little patience: in a few days, you will have plenty of time to come and read the news on JV instead of listening to your colleagues talk.

Leave a Comment