'Springboard' Is Google Now for Business

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Google on Monday unveiled a new digital assistant for enterprise customers.

Dubbed Springboard, the program helps businesses "find the right information that you need at the moment that you need it."

A sort of Google Now for businesses, Springboard uses artificial intelligence to search all information across Google Apps—Gmail, Calendar, Docs, Drive, Contacts, etc. Looking for last month's sales strategy? Type the query into Springboard and you'll be greeted with emails, documents, videos, and more saved content relating to the search.

"It's no secret that the growth of information inside the enterprise continues to accelerate," Prabhakar Raghavan, vice president of engineering for Google Apps, wrote in a blog post. "In fact, today the average knowledge worker spends the equivalent of one full day a week searching for and gathering information."

Springboard is more than a search engine, though. It serves as an all-day companion, "providing useful and actionable information and recommendations" to users throughout the workday.

During this week's Google Atmosphere global enterprise event series in Tokyo, the tech titan also announced a revamped Google Sites. Customers can now tap into drag-and-drop editing and real-time collaboration by multiple editors, as well as access to content from Calendar, Docs, Drive, Maps, and more.

The new Sites, Raghavan boasted, includes themes and layouts designed to fit any screen, "so they're as useful when you access them on the 30-inch monitor at your desk or your smartphone on your commute," he said.

Already previewed by "a small set of customers," Springboard and the updated Sites are now available through an Early Adopter Program. Company admins that run Google Apps for Work can sign up online to join.

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