Welcome to the first article in our new Google Workspace Updates series. Season 1, Episode 1. :-) In this series, we will discuss notable new features in Google Workspace. We pick and choose the ones we think will have a real impact and improve how we work with the product.
We'll start with the new Picture-in-Picture mode in Google Meet. Along with it as well comes a new multi-pinning option.
What is Google Meet Picture-in-Picture Mode?
Have you ever presented your desktop or a slide deck in a meeting and found yourself going back and forth between the content you present and the Google Meet tab, only to see other meeting attendees or look at a chat message?
Yea. I know the feeling. It's cumbersome, breaks the flow of your presentation, and is a real nuisance.
With the new Picture-in-Picture mode in Google Meet, you no longer need to jump through hoops to see meeting attendees. Enable PiP, and voila, you'll be able to see up to four video tiles of meetings attendees in a floating window on top of other applications. Just like that. This should make it easier for you to stay engaged with your audience while you present.
By the way, this is also great for multi-tasking. Hack away on your emails while participating in one of those boring, two-hour meetings without losing sight of what's happening — a true life-saver 😅
In addition to Picture-in-Picture (PiP) mode, Google also introduced a small but welcome new feature; multi-pinning. Where in the past you could only pin one video tile, you can now pin multiple video feeds. This allows for greater flexibility in combining people and content and adjusting the view the way you like.