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New Features and Improvements in Google Workspace - HelpMates

New Features and Improvements in Google Workspace - HelpMates

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  • Preventing users from blocking users in trusted domains September 17, 2021
    Quick launch summary We recently launched the ability to block another user in Google Drive. Based on your feedback, we’re updating how the feature can be applied to users in trusted domains. Previously, user blocks could be applied to any user outside of your domain. With this update, user blocks will no longer work with users in […]
  • Design your own custom themes in new Google Sites September 16, 2021
    What’s changing You can now create highly customized themes in new Google Sites that align with your organization’s brand guidelines or your own personal style. Who’s impacted End users Why you’d use it Currently, there are six pre-created themes with limited customization options, which are helpful for quickly creating a consistent look and feel for sites. With the addition of […]
  • Set the default state for Quick access and Host Management in Google Meet with new Admin settings September 15, 2021
    Quick summary Recently, we announced the expansion of the meeting safety features and the ability to add up to 25 co-hosts in Google Meet. We’re now adding two new controls that will allow admins to configure whether the Host Management and Quick access features will be on or off by default in their domain. In both cases, […]
  • New logo coming to Google Tasks September 15, 2021
    Quick launch summaryWe’re updating the Google Tasks logo to better align with products across Google Workspace.New logoOld logoThis new logo will appear everywhere you see Tasks, across the web and on your mobile devices.Getting startedAdmins: There is no admin control for this feature.End users: There is no end user setting for this feature. The logo […]
  • New iOS Data Protection setting for Google Chat protects data sharing between Google Workspace and personal Google accounts September 13, 2021
    What’s changing Earlier this year, we announced a new admin setting which restricts data and content sharing between Google Workspace accounts and personal Google accounts in Gmail, Drive, Docs, Sheets, and Slides on iOS. We’re now expanding this to include Google Chat. With data protection, users can only share or save content—such as files, emails, chat […]
  • New “End meeting for all” action in the security investigation tool September 10, 2021
    Quick launch summary Admins can now remove all users and end selected meetings from the security investigation tool using the new “end meeting for all” action. You can use this feature to: End multiple meetings within your organization, Search for and end old meetings that are being used inappropriately, Set up a rule to end meetings based on certain […]
  • Review presentations more quickly with new viewing interface on Google Slides iOS app September 10, 2021
    Quick launch summary We’re improving the mobile viewing experience for Google Slides on iOS. To allow you to view more information at once, you can now: Scroll through a vertical stream of slides, Pinch to zoom to get a closer look, Easily switch between editing, presenting, or casting content. We hope these updates make it easier for you to read […]
  • Material You, a new look and feel for Google Workspace apps, is rolling out now for Android September 9, 2021
    Update[September 14, 2021]: We have updated this post to include availability for Keep. Material You will be available for Keep version 5.21.361. and newer beginning September 21, 2021.What’s changingBeginning today, we’re rolling out Material You: a new design system for Google Workspace apps on Android devices. Material You features an updated, fresh look and feel […]
  • New effects settings panel in Google Meet September 9, 2021
     Quick launch summary We’re introducing a new settings panel in Google Meet for quick access to effects such as background blur, background images and styles during Meet calls. This panel will also be available before joining a call in the green room self-check. In the green room, you can try out various effects to see how […]
  • View Google Classroom activity with new audit logs, view adoption and other metrics with BigQuery activity logs September 9, 2021
    What’s changingWe’re making two enhancements for Google Classroom, which will help Google Workspace for Education admins surface information about how Classroom is being used in their organization. Specifically, we’re introducing:Classroom audit logs in the Admin consoleClassroom activity logs in BigQuery, and Data Studio dashboards.See below for more information and availability.Who’s impactedAdminsWhy it’s importantBy surfacing Classroom […]
  • Restore a page via version history in new Google Sites September 8, 2021
    Quick launch summary In new Google Sites, you can now restore a specific page from version history. Previously, you could only restore an entire site. This additional functionality makes it easier to restore, edit, and re-publish specific pages that may have changed by mistake or been deleted. Getting started Admins: There is no admin control for this feature. End […]
  • Forms settings are now easier to navigate September 8, 2021
     Quick launch summary Now you can easily customize your form or quiz settings with a more visible settings tab and an improved settings layout. You’ll see an improved settings menu in the settings tab. Getting started Admins: There is no admin control for this feature. End users: There is no end user control for this feature.Rollout pace Rapid Release domains: […]
  • Coming soon: new Google Meet Hardware devices September 8, 2021
    What’s changingWe just announced some new and exciting additions to the Google Meet hardware portfolio for the office or home office.First, we’re announcing two new all-in-one video conferencing devices to complement our Series One Rooms Kits:New Series One Desk 27 is a premium all-in-one touchscreen Google Meet collaboration device.Series One Desk 27New Series One Board […]
  • Google Chat ‘Rooms’ are now ‘Spaces’ September 8, 2021
    Quick launch summary In June 2021, we announced that ‘Rooms’ in Google Chat would evolve to become ‘Spaces’. As part of that evolution, starting on September 8, 2021, any user who has enabled Chat in their Gmail settings will start to see the term ‘Rooms’ automatically updated to ‘Spaces’. Over the coming months, spaces will be enhanced […]
  • Use the “Inspect Groups” function to view a users direct and indirect group membership September 3, 2021
    What’s changing You can now quickly surface information regarding specific users and the groups they are part of directly in the Admin console. View direct and indirect members of a group: Enables you to see an expanded view of all memberships in a group. This allows to see a single view of all memberships for a nested […]
  • New beta makes it easier for admins to move folders to shared drives September 2, 2021
    What’s changing We’re launching a new beta that makes it easier for admins and delegated admins to move folders from My Drive to shared drives. This beta will add several usability enhancements including: Retaining folder IDs (“copyless moves”) to reduce disruption due to the move Preventing moves that would exceed any shared drive limits Reparenting any unmovable items under […]
  • Easily make all files types available offline in Google Drive September 2, 2021
    What’s changing Google Drive stores your most important files, whether they are Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, PDFs, images or the hundreds of other file types we support today. Today, we are announcing more ways to make sure you can make them all accessible to you even when your internet connection is unavailable. In 2019, we launched a […]
  • Find and share GIFs in Google Chat September 1, 2021
    What’s changingWe’re introducing a new integration with Tenor, which will allow users to quickly search for and send GIFs in Google Chat on web.Additionally, we’re introducing a new setting for Admins to control the use of this GIF integration within their organization.See below for more information.Who’s impactedAdmins and end usersWhy you’d use itThe new Tenor […]
  • View embedded Office files in your documents August 31, 2021
    What’s changing You can now view embedded Microsoft Office files in your documents when you’re working with Office files in Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides.. This feature allows you to:  View the files in preview mode, Copy an embedded file directly to Drive, or download it.   View your embedded files from Office in your documentsWho’s impacted Admins and end users Why […]
  • Better understand how you’re spending your time in Google Calendar August 30, 2021
    What’s changingYou can now use Time Insights in Calendar, a personalized, analytical experience on the web, to see how your time is spent across meetings and collaborators.Time Insights experience for an example calendar week viewPlease note, you can only view Time Insights on a computer.Who’s impactedAdmins and end usersWhy you’d use itWith the changes to […]