Google Docs introduces emoji responses to the latest workspace updates

Emoji, the most effective way to express our feelings on social media, has now found a way for users in Google Workspace to respond to any content in Google Docs, using a symbol instead of writing comments.

In a Google Workspace update, Google announced that the feature supports all emojis in recent releases. It also includes gender-neutral options.

When you highlight text, the emoji response feature will appear as a third option along with ‘add comment’ and ‘suggest edit’. According to Google, these responses provide a less formal alternative to comments.

“Feedback and acceptance is a key collaborative workflow in Google Docs. The new emoji feedback feature provides a less formal alternative to comments to express your views on the content of the document,” Google said in its announcement blog.

Emoji responses are coming to Google Docs at a time when the service is undergoing a major transformation from a word processor to a remote work collaboration tool.

Google is now rolling out for faster release domains, but the feature will be available to most Google Docs users after April 20th.

The latest update, including Emoji, will be available to Google Workspace Essentials, Business Starter, Business Standard, Business Plus, Enterprise Standard and Enterprise Plus subscribers, but not as basic as Enterprise Essentials.

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