Bard is a large language model (LLM) chatbot developed by Google AI. It is trained on a large dataset of text and code. Bard can answer questions, translate languages, and write creative content & code.
Although Bard is still in experimental mode, a Google Workspace administrator may want to enable some or all users to access Bard. Until Bard is enabled, users will get the following ‘Bard isn’t supported’ message:
To enable Bard for some or all users, go to ‘Apps > Additional Google services’ in the Google Workspace admin console. Scroll down to ‘Early Access Apps.’ You will see the Service Status is set to OFF.
Click on Early Access Apps (currently, Bard is the only app under Early Access Apps).
An admin can turn on Early Access apps for everyone or only users in specific Groups or certain Organizational Units.
Click the ‘ON for everyone radio button’ to enable Bard for all users. Then, click Save.
Then, users who want to use Bard must
- Go to https://bard.google.com
- Click the ‘Try Bard’ button
- Read the Terms & Privacy text, and click the ‘I Agree’ button
Users who follow these steps will now have access to Bard.
TIP: Once your users have access to Bard, they can use it to troubleshoot tech errors by uploading a screenshot of the error and asking Bard for assistance.
In September 2023, Google introduced Bard extensions. These are initially only available to consumer Gmail accounts but will be available to Google Workspace users “soon,” according to Jack Krawczyk at Google.
https://t.co/Bm975a0rVm— Jack Krawczyk (@JackK) September 19, 2023
Workspace available for consumer accounts only for now, enterprise support coming soon 🙂
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