Project Description

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Last year Google announced the beta of Google Workspace Add-ons, a new cross-suite platform that connects Google Workspace to your favorite workplace apps. Beginning January 21, 2020, Google Workspace Add-ons will begin rolling out to all users.

With Google Workspace Add-ons, workflows that require third-party applications can be executed inside Google Workspace, allowing users and teams to use the applications they want without leaving Google Workspace. For example, you can install the Workfront add-on for quick access across Calendar, Gmail, and Google Drive.

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Installing the Workfront add-on directly from Calendar
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Access Google Workspace Add-ons from the side panel of Calendar, Google Drive, and Gmail
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Take action without leaving Google Workspace

Who’s impacted

Admins and end users

Why it’s important

Google Workspace Add-ons connect Google Workspace with third-party applications so you can work directly from the Google Workspace app you’re using, rather than toggling from one app to another. They also surface relevant information and suggest actions based on what you’re working on.
Add-ons from SignEasy, WebEx, Workfront, Lucidchart and more will be available once this feature has fully rolled out and can be installed from the Google Workspace Marketplace.
Organizations can also build their own add-ons using Apps Script. Note that the developer feature will be fully available in early February.
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Additional Details

Google Workspace Add-ons will work across Google Workspace products, allowing developers to create a single add-on that works across Google Workspace, rather than building a separate add-on for each application within Google Workspace.
Google Workspace Add-ons are currently accessible in Calendar, Gmail, and Google Drive, with support for other Google Workspace products coming later this year.

Getting started

  • Admins: This feature will be available by default. If you allow users to install only whitelisted applications from the Google Workspace Marketplace, you can specify those apps within the Admin console. Or, you can install chosen Google Workspace Add-ons for your entire domain via the listing in the Google Workspace Marketplace.
  • End users: This feature will be available by default. You’ll be able to install Google Workspace Add-ons using the “+” button in the Google Workspace quick access side panel. The add-ons you install will appear in the side panel across Google Workspace apps.

Rollout pace

Roadmap

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