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Filter out disruptive noise in Google Meet

Quick launch summary 

To help limit interruptions to your meeting, Google Meet can now intelligently filter out background noise like keyboard typing, doors opening and closing, and construction outside your window. Cloud-based AI is used to remove noise from your audio input while still letting your voice through. 

We had previously announced this top-requested feature and are now beginning to roll it out to G Suite Enterprise and G Suite Enterprise for Education customers using Meet on the web. We will bring the feature to mobile users soon, and will announce on the G Suite Updates blog when it’s available. 



Getting started 


Rollout pace 

  • Now available to all web users in most countries. 
  • For users in Australia, Brazil, India, Japan, and New Zealand, extended rollout (potentially longer than 15 days for feature visibility) starting on June 30, 2020. 
  • Not currently available in some countries (currently including South Africa, the UAE, and surrounding locales). See our Help Center for more availability details

Availability 

  • Available to G Suite Enterprise, G Suite Enterprise for Education customers* 
  • Not available to G Suite Basic, G Suite Business, G Suite for Education, and G Suite for Nonprofits customers 

Resources 

Roadmap 


*Availability in alternative packages is variable and based on your services.

Connected Sheets now generally available, replacing Sheets data connector

What’s changing

We’re making Connected Sheets generally available to G Suite Enterprise and G Suite Enterprise for Education customers. Connected Sheets helps you analyze BigQuery data in Google Sheets. It was previously available in beta. Connected Sheets will replace Sheets data connector, a more limited way to connect Sheets and BigQuery.

Read more about how you can use it to analyze petabytes of data with Google Sheets in our Cloud Blog post.

Who’s impacted

End users

Why you’d use it

Connected Sheets links Google Sheets to BigQuery, so you can analyze large BigQuery datasets using familiar spreadsheet tools and operations. This means users don’t need to know SQL and can generate insights with basic spreadsheet operations like formulas, charts, and pivot tables.

This makes it easier for more members of your organization to understand, collaborate on, and generate insights from data. Specifically, it can help subject matter experts work with data without relying on analysts, who may be less familiar with the context of the data or be overloaded with a wide range of data requests.

Connected Sheets includes all the capabilities of the legacy Sheets data connector with additional enhancements. Enhancements include the ability to analyze and visualize data in Sheets without needing to first extract the data, being able to see a preview of data through a Sheet, and scheduling data refreshes to avoid analyzing stale data.

Learn more about how you can analyze petabytes of data with Google Sheets on the Cloud Blog

Getting started


  • Admins: No action required, Connected Sheets will be ON by default. To use it, you must have set up BigQuery for your organization, and users must have access to tables or views in BigQuery. Use our Help Center to learn more about how to set up Connected Sheets.
  • End users: This feature will be ON by default. To use it, must have access to tables or views in BigQuery. Use our Help Center to learn more about Connected Sheets.

Rollout pace


  • Rapid and Scheduled Release domains: Extended rollout (potentially more than 15 days for feature visibility) starting on June 30, 2020. We expect rollout to complete within a month. 

Availability 


  • Available to G Suite Enterprise and G Suite Enterprise for Education customers* 
  • Not available to G Suite Basic, G Suite Business, G Suite for Education, and G Suite for Nonprofits customers 

Resources 



Roadmap 


*Availability in alternative packages is variable and based on your services.

Update your G Suite mobile and desktop apps before August 12, 2020, to ensure they continue working

Quick summary

In 2018, we began making changes to our API and service infrastructure to improve performance and security. As a result of these changes, some older versions of G Suite desktop and mobile apps may stop working on August 12, 2020. In particular, versions released prior to December 2018 may be impacted.

To ensure their workflows are not disrupted, your users should update the following Google apps to the latest versions as soon as possible:

Getting started
  • Admins: Encourage your users to upgrade their apps. If you deploy Drive File Stream to your organization, ensure you’re using the latest version.
  • End users: Upgrade the apps listed above to the latest versions as soon as possible.
Rollout pace

Availability
  • This impacts all G Suite customers and users with personal Google accounts.

New chart axis customization in Google Sheets: tick marks, tick spacing, and axis lines

Quick launch summary 

We’re adding new features to help you customize chart axes in Google Sheets and better visualize your data in charts. The new options are:

  • Add major and minor tick marks to charts. 
  • Customize tick mark location (inner, outer, and cross) and style (color, length, and thickness). 
  • Set the precise numeric spacing between major and minor axis ticks or grid lines. 
  • Choose to show or remove the line that marks the axis. 

See how this works in the images below.
Customize the location and style of tick marks. 

Set the spacing between tick marks and grid lines. 

Choose to show or remove axis lines 


Getting started 



Rollout pace 



Availability 


  • Available to all G Suite customers and users with personal accounts 

Resources 


“Hey Google, join my meeting”: G Suite meetings now supported on Nest Hub Max in beta

Quick launch summary

We just announced the availability of Google Meet on Nest Hub Max. Over the next few weeks this feature will be rolling out to G Suite domains enrolled in the G Suite with Google Assistant beta program.

Once in the beta program, people can seamlessly join work meetings with their G Suite account. Users can say, “Hey Google, join my meeting” to call into the next meeting on their calendar, enter a specific meeting code or start a new Meet call directly from Nest Hub Max.

The flexibility of connecting to Meet this integration with Google Assistant helps your users to easily connect as a group from their own personal Nest Hub Max.


This beta program launched November 2019 and also allows G Suite users to use Google Assistant for certain Google Calendar and Gmail functions, such as:

  • Let you know when your next meeting is
  • Create, cancel or reschedule a Calendar event
  • Dial into a meeting on your mobile device
  • Send a note to event attendees via email on your mobile device
  • Send an email on your mobile device

Getting started

Admins: Apply to the beta for your organization. If your organization is already in the G Suite with Google Assistant Beta program, you will have access to this feature in the coming weeks.

End users: Once your domain is enrolled in the beta, connect your G Suite account to your Nest Hub Max to access these features. Visit the Help Center to learn more.

Availability


  • All G Suite Editions are welcome to apply to this beta program

Resources




Coming soon: manage Google Chat and classic Hangouts chat settings from one place in the Admin console

What’s changing

You'll soon be able to manage all Google Chat and classic Hangouts chat-related settings from a single page in the Admin console. This follows the update we made last year to combine several settings for Google Chat and classic Hangouts.

On July 6, 2020, we’ll start mapping your existing service status (e.g. Google Chat on, classic Hangouts on, Chat preferred off) to the new setting that matches your current user experience. You don’t need to take any action.

Most end users will not see any change. In domains where Google Chat is turned ON but classic Hangouts and Chat preferred are turned OFF, however, users will begin seeing Chat in Gmail over the next few weeks.

Visit the Help Center to learn more about the different settings options for chat.
New chat service settings in the Admin console


Who’s impacted

Admins and end users

Why it matters

With all your chat settings in one place, including on / off controls for different chat services, you can now view your organization's chat configuration holistically and more easily tailor it to your needs.

Additional details

We recommend the “Chat preferred” setting for admins who would like to transition their entire organization from classic Hangouts to Google Chat. With this launch, Chat preferred is now configurable at the organizational unit (OU) level.

While these changes are rolling out, admins may temporarily see the "Chat clients" tab as well as the new service page. They should only change the new service status page to make changes for their domain.

Please note that while the experience for most end users will not change with these new settings, in the coming weeks we’ll launch Chat in Gmail to domains that have the “Chat only” setting selected. This means that any user in a domain where Chat is turned ON and Classic Hangouts and Chat Preferred are turned OFF will start seeing Chat in Gmail. This feature was previously only available to domains with the Chat preferred setting selected. End users will have the option to turn Chat in Gmail off at the individual level.

Getting started

Admins: No action is required, as we’ll automatically align your existing settings to the new setting that matches your current user experience. Visit the Help Center to learn more about choosing a chat service for your organization.
New combined service on / off setting row in the Admin console
End users: Visit the Help Center to learn more about how to turn Chat in Gmail on or off for your account.

Rollout pace

New chat settings and page


Chat in Gmail to “Chat only” domains


Availability


  • Available to all G Suite customers

Resources




Spanish grammar suggestions now available in Google Docs and Gmail

Quick launch summary 

We’re expanding our advanced assistive writing features in Google Docs and Gmail to Spanish. Last year, we introduced grammar suggestions powered by neural-networks for the English language. Now, we’re using the same technology to provide grammar suggestions as you type in Spanish.

Language will be detected automatically, and even if you switch between writing in Spanish and English, we will provide the appropriate grammar suggestions. These capabilities can help you write faster, more accurately, and with more confidence.

Later this year, we’re also planning to make spelling autocorrect and Smart Compose available to Spanish language users. Keep an eye on the G Suite Updates blog to know when those features become available. Learn more about the expansion of our Spanish language assistive writing features on our Cloud Blog.

Getting started 



Rollout pace 



Availability 


  • Available to G Suite Basic, G Suite Business, G Suite Essentials, G Suite Enterprise Essentials, and G Suite Enterprise customers. 
  • Not yet available to G Suite for Education, G Suite Enterprise for Education, and G Suite for Nonprofits customers, as well as users with personal Google accounts. 

Resources 


Update Calendar Interop authentication with OAuth 2.0 to continue Microsoft 365 interop

Quick launch summary 


We’re enabling OAuth 2.0 authentication support for Google Calendar Interop with Microsoft Exchange Online (Microsoft 365). Calendar Interop is a feature that lets you sync events and availability between Google Calendar and Exchange Online.

Currently, interoperability is available via Basic Authentication. Microsoft plans to stop supporting the use of Basic Authentication to access Exchange Online on October 13, 2020. This only impacts Microsoft Exchange Online (Microsoft 365), not on-premise Exchange implementations. If you use Exchange Online, you should update your authentication to use OAuth 2.0 by October 13 to ensure interoperability is not disrupted.

Getting started 


  • Admins: If you're currently using Basic Authentication, you must set up OAuth 2.0. You will not be transitioned automatically. You can set it up at Admin console > Apps > G Suite > Settings for Calendar > Calendar Interop Management. Use our Help Center to learn more about how to set up Calendar interop
  • End users: No change in end user functionality. 

Calendar OAuth 2.0 setup in the Admin console 

Rollout pace 



Availability 


  • Available to all G Suite customers 

Resources 


Use Google Voice and Google Fi, now with the same account

Quick launch summary

Google Voice now works with Google Fi, so you can have separate Fi and Voice numbers on the same Google account. This means you can use different numbers for different purposes, like one for family and friends and one for work. When you set up forwarding in Google Voice or Google Fi, you’ll receive calls from both numbers in one central place.

We hope this change makes it easier for you to manage your calls.

Getting started


Admins: There is no admin control for this feature.

End users: To manage both Voice and Fi with the same Google account, set up call forwarding on the Google Voice settings page. To sign up for Fi, go to fi.google.com or download the Fi app.

Rollout pace



Availability


  • Available to all G Suite customers with Google Voice licenses

Resources




Currents to become generally available on July 6, 2020, replacing Google+ for G Suite

What’s changing

At Google Cloud Next in 2019, we launched Currents in beta. On July 6, 2020, we’ll make it generally available to G Suite customers.

If your domain is currently participating in the Currents beta, your experience will remain the same. If your domain uses Google+, you’ll be automatically upgraded to Currents, which has an updated look and feel and provides additional features for users and administrators.

Please note that starting on July 6, users will not be able to opt out of Currents or revert back to Google+.

Who’s impacted

Admins and end users

Why it’s important

Currents offers a more streamlined experience that makes it easy for employees to have meaningful discussions across an organization and to view suggestions for useful and timely content. It provides users access to new features, including custom streams and tags. In addition, Currents allows super admins to enable content moderation and administrative privileges for specific users in their organization.

Additional details

If you’re currently participating in the Currents beta, your experience will remain the same. If your organization uses Google+, however, you can expect the following as you transition to Currents:

  • Starting July 6, 2020, your users and all of your organization’s existing Google+ content will be automatically transitioned to Currents. Your users will have no option to revert back to Google+.
  • The Currents Android and iOS apps will replace the Google+ Android and iOS apps, which will no longer be supported. Users will be prompted to upgrade to the new Currents app to continue to use the service on mobile; those who have auto-update enabled will be automatically upgraded.
  • All existing links to plus.google.com will continue to work—users will automatically be redirected to currents.google.com.
  • In the days prior to the switch, users may see a banner in Google+ notifying them of the launch and providing links to relevant Help Center content.


Getting started




Rollout pace




Availability


  • Available to all G Suite customers


Resources




Roadmap