Tag Archives: Rapid Release

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.

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 


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




Strengthening 2-Step Verification by showing phone prompts to more users

What’s changing 

Starting on July 7, 2020, we will make phone verification prompts the primary 2-Step Verification (2SV) method for all eligible users, unless they are already using security keys as their 2SV method of choice. This means that if you sign in to your Google account and are also signed in on a smartphone, you will be asked to follow phone prompts to verify the login attempt. This will help increase account security while making it easier to sign in.

This won’t apply if you use a security key to protect your account. You’ll also still be able to use other methods (such as a code received by text) by selecting a different method during the phone prompt verification steps.
Phone prompts verify your sign-in attempt via your smartphone 


Who’s impacted 

End users

Why it’s important 

Phone prompts, also known as “on-device prompts,” are more secure than text or voice codes as a form of 2-Step Verification. They’re also easier to use, as they avoid requiring users to manually enter a code received on another device. By making prompts the primary method for more users, we hope to help them take advantage of the additional security without having to manually change settings—though they can still use other methods of 2-Step Verification if they prefer.


Additional details 

How phone prompts work 
After you enter your password to sign in to your Google Account, Google sends a "Trying to sign in?" prompt to every eligible mobile device where you’re signed in. This prompt tells you when and where your password was entered, and then asks you to confirm or block the sign-in attempt by simply tapping your mobile device. You can still select a different verification method during sign-in if one is available on your account. You’ll also stop receiving prompts on a phone if you sign out of that phone. Learn more about phone prompts.

Users with security keys are excluded from this change 
Users will not have prompts as their primary 2SV method in two situations:

  • If an organization enforces the “Only security key” 2-Step Verification option for a user, there will be no change and the user will continue to be required to use security keys. 
  • If a user currently has, or at any point in the future adds, a security key on their account, the security key verification will be presented as the primary method. 

Additionally, if a user doesn’t have 2-Step Verification turned on, this will not apply.


Getting started 



Rollout pace 



Availability 


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

Resources 


Edit Calendar events directly from Gmail and Docs

Quick launch summary

You can now edit Google Calendar events in the quick-access side panel in Gmail and Docs, without having to go to the full Calendar page in your browser. You can even use “Find a Time” to see others’ calendar availability when scheduling events.

Getting started

Admins: There is no admin control for this feature.

End users: There is no end user setting for this feature. Visit the Help Center to learn more about using Calendar in the side panel.

Rollout pace



Availability


  • Available to all G Suite customers

Resources




Improvements to layouts in Google Meet

Quick launch summary

We’re making some changes in Meet to ensure you can better see who, and what, you need to see in your meetings. We hope that these improvements help remote meetings feel more like in-person meetings.

Tiled view with presentations
We recently announced tiled layout in Meet, where you can see up to 16 other participants in your meeting. We’re now making improvements to that layout to allow you to see other attendees even when someone is presenting. Presentations appear in a large tile, with the most active participants to the side or bottom.

Saved layout preference
When you choose a new layout, this layout will be automatically saved as your preferred layout. This means it will be automatically applied for your future meetings, until you select a new one.

Additional UI improvements
We’ve made some minor improvements to the meeting UI to better utilize the space on your screen.

Getting started


Admins: There is no admin control for this feature.

End users: To learn more about the different layout options in Meet, check out the Help Center

Rollout pace


  • This feature is available now for all users.

Availability


  • Available to all G Suite customers and users with personal Google Accounts

Resources




New comment interface for Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides on Android

What’s changing 

We’re updating the user interface for comments and action items in the Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides apps for Android. Some of the changes you may notice include:

  • Larger, clearer interface to make it easier to see comments and their context in a document. 
  • Shortcuts and gestures to help you quickly scroll through and respond to multiple comments. 
  • Quick access button to reply, “@” mention someone, and assign action items. 


Who’s impacted 

End users

Why it matters 

Commenting is a powerful way to collaborate on documents while remote. Comments can help you ask questions, document discussions, make sure other users see something, assign action items, and more. They’re particularly useful when working remotely, enabling multiple users to be part of discussions whenever and wherever it's convenient for them.

Getting started 

  • Admins: There is no admin control for this feature.
  • End users: This feature will be ON by default. To get started, tap on a comment when using the Docs, Sheets, or Slides app on an Android device. Use the Help Center to learn more about using comments and action items on Android

Rollout pace 



Availability 


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

Resources