When running any business, whether it's a small start-up or a large enterprise with hundreds of thousands of employees, communication tools can allow effective collaboration and ensure the success of the company. Because the recent COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the transition from in-person to remote work, there is more need than ever for a highly available, secure, and agile productivity suite. This new work environment has created a demand for an ecosystem of tools that team members can leverage to streamline their communication and collaboration. This book is about one of the most popular web-based productivity suites available today: Google Workspace.
Google Workspace is a collection of software as a service (SaaS)-based productivity and collaboration tools developed and marketed by Google.
In this chapter, we will give a brief overview of Google Workspace and how it came into being. This chapter will also introduce you to core services that exist in the Google Workspace portfolio. We will also learn about different Google Workspace editions and the differences between their offerings.
We will cover the following main topics:
- The evolution of Google Workspace
- Google Workspace editions
- Google Workspace licensing models
- Domain host versus Google Workspace