3 New updatesUnless otherwise indicated, the features below are available to all Google Workspace customers, and are fully launched or in the process of rolling out. Rollouts should take no more than 15 business days to complete if launching to both Rapid and Scheduled Release at the same time. If not, each stage of rollout should take no more than 15 business days to complete.
Set Context Aware Access policies for 1P & 3P applications to access Workspace APIs
Admins can now use context-aware access to block or limit first and third party API access to Google Workspace applications. With context-aware access, you can set up different access levels to Workspace applications based on a user’s identity and the context of the request (location, device security status, IP address). Extending these policies to APIs that request Workspace core data gives admins another layer of control and security and helps protect against data exfiltration. | Available to Google Workspace Enterprise Standard, Enterprise Plus, Education Standard, Education Plus, and Cloud Identity Premium customers only. | Visit the Help Center to learn more about controlling which third-party & internal apps access Google Workspace data, context-aware access, creating context-aware access levels, and assigning access levels to apps.
Include audio when sharing your screen using Google Meet on mobile
If you're using Google Meet on a mobile device, you can now share audio in addition to your screenshare. Share a video with sound, or share music along with your presentation. | This feature is available now on iOS and will begin rolling out for Android mid-August 2023. | Learn more about presenting during a video meeting.
A single Google group can be a member of 30,000 shared drives
Previously, a single Google group could be added as a member to an unlimited number of shared drives. To protect the reliability of access changes for users in Google groups, a single group can now be added to no more than 30,000 shared drives. | Rolling out now to Rapid Release and Scheduled Release domains at an extended pace (potentially longer than 15 days for feature visibility). | Available to Business Standard, Business Plus, Essentials Starter, Enterprise Essentials, Enterprise Essentials Plus, Enterprise Standard, Enterprise Plus, Education Fundamentals, Education Standard, Education Plus, the Teaching and Learning Upgrade, and Nonprofits only. | Learn more about shared drive limits in Google Drive.
The announcements below were published on the Workspace Updates blog earlier this week. Please refer to the original blog posts for complete details.
Adding line numbers to Google Docs
We’ve introduced the option to display line numbers within Docs that are set to paged mode. | Learn more about line numbers to Google Docs.
Import sensitive external files to Google Drive with client-side encryption using the Drive API, launching in beta
For select Google Workspace editions, admins can import sensitive, encrypted files from third-party storage using Client-side encryption and the Google Drive API, preserving the confidentiality of your data. Eligible admins can apply for beta access using this form. | Available to Google Workspace Enterprise Plus, Education Standard, and Education Plus customers only. | Learn more about the migrate to Drive client-side encryption beta.
Sync users and groups from an Azure Active Directory using Directory Sync Google
Workspace Admins can now use Directory Sync to sync users and groups from Azure Active Directory. Directory Sync is an alternative to Google Cloud Directory Sync (GCDS), which admins can use to synchronize user and group data with their Google Cloud directory without the need to manage on-prem hardware and deployments. | Learn more about Directory Sync.
Disable submissions after a due date in Google Classroom
We’ve introduced a new option for teachers to disable submissions after an assignment past the due date. | Learn more about disabling submissions in Google Classroom.
In-line replies now available within announcement spaces in Google Chat
We've added an in-line reply option to enable members of a space to respond to or discuss an announcement. | Learn more about in-line replies in Google Chat spaces.
The features below completed their rollouts to Rapid Release domains, Scheduled Release domains, or both. Please refer to the original blog posts for additional details.
Rapid Release Domains:
- Gain consensus from collaborators quickly with voting chips in Google Docs
- Quickly access more features during meetings, available for Google Meet on the web
- Revamping the "First Open Experience" in Sheets and Slides on Android devices
- Easily convert emails and links into smart chips using the tab key in Google Sheets
- Enhancing Google Vault file retention capabilities using Google Drive Labels
- See read receipts for messages in Google Chat group direct messages
- Introducing membership search and the option to add up to 50,000 members to spaces in Google Chat (large spaces only)
- Pin links to the top of the navigation bar in the Admin console
- Filter by measures and value in a pivot table with Connected Sheets for Looker
- Including the Alt text option in the Image options sidebar of Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, and Drawings
- Programmatically read and write working locations for a portion of the day with the Calendar API
- Import sensitive external files to Google Drive with client-side encryption using the Drive API, launching in beta (beta access form)
For a recap of announcements in the past six months, check out What’s new in Google Workspace (recent releases).