Google has announced today that it will incorporate Google Tasks into the G Suite family of core services as a standalone app beginning on June 28. That means the task management app will join existing G Suite services such as Gmail, Calendar, Cloud Search, Drive, Hangouts, Docs, and more with similar technical support and service level commitments.
It’s important to note that Google Tasks already started providing G Suite users with the ability to synchronize tasks between their smartphones and desktops in an entirely automated manner since the launch of a major redesign to Gmail last April. That update was rolled out to Gmail for both Android devices and desktops, as well as the iOS platform, with a major focus on functionality and helping people “get more done.” However, Google Tasks functioned only as a feature of Gmail back then, which means it was dependent on the email service instead of being a separate app that users can use without having to open Gmail or Calendar. Now, with these new changes, Google Tasks will occupy its own slot in the G Suite core services and will be turned on by default, though it still provides users the ability to switch it off any time by visiting the admin console under Apps and then G Suite.
Last April, Google Tasks received its own app for mobile, with Google having rolled out the application to Android and iOS platforms. As a standalone G Suite core service, Google Tasks does not really differ that much from the desktop and mobile versions except for the actual interface that users will see when they use it. Some of its range of capabilities includes the ability to aggregate tasks from Gmail and Calendar on the web or mobile devices so that users can stay on top of anything they intend to get done. It also allows users to split their tasks down into subtasks so they can feel more organized with their to-dos. There’s also an option to trace a task back to the email it’s related to if that task was created in Gmail in the first place.