Just in today, Google has launched for its business customers a new tool called Google Cloud Search, which allows users to search across G Suite products, including Drive, Sites, Gmail, Calendar, Docs, Contacts and much more. The service was previously available in limited preview, where it was formerly known as Springboard and was described as something like a Google Now for enterprise workers.
Google's New Search Engine
According to Techcrunch, Springboard, now renamed Cloud Search, is intentionally designed for use in much larger companies where different individuals and groups have access to multiple different files. The search service does respect file-sharing permissions, so users can only access what is available to them, whether that's company-wide resources like a policy manual, documents or team projects or that only they can see.
Cloud Search also works as a directory service, enabling users to seek out any colleagues' contact information, while also viewing the files and events that they have in common. When viewing a contact's info in the search results, users are able to click to be able to start an email, Hangout or phone call.
Google Cloud In Comparison To Google Now
Pretty much similar to Google Now, Google Cloud Search makes use of a card-style design to present information to users, whether they're accessing the search service via their phone or laptop. Also like Google Now, the service exploits on machine intelligence in order to highlight information it thinks a user most likely needs.
In these cards, called "assist cards," Google Cloud Search will present various results like recently accessed files, meeting reminders, notes and much more.
Cloud Search Will Be The Future
Google Cloud Search is now rolling out for customers who are using G Suite Business and Enterprise editions. According to AndroidHeadlines, Google says it will be introducing more features on Cloud Search and will integrate with third-party applications in the near future.