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Offline syncing available for opened Microsoft Office documents

What’s changing

In 2019, we announced Office editing to make it easier to work with Microsoft Office files in Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides and launched better features allowing you to work anywhere with Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides in offline mode. Starting today, you can work offline with Microsoft Office files on your desktop. 


Who’s impacted 

End users 



Why you’d use it 

This feature brings the collaboration benefits of Google Workspace to Microsoft Office files. At times when your device is offline, you’re now able to edit, comment, and collaborate on Office files using Docs, Sheets, and Slides. Any changes made to files while offline will then sync to Drive once you are connected again. 


Additional details

This change only applies to files that have already been opened in Office editing mode. 


Getting started 

Rollout pace 

Availability 

  • Available to all Google Workspace customers, as well as legacy G Suite Basic and Business customers 
  • Available to users with personal Google Accounts 

Resources 

Roadmap 

Easily print your Tasks List

Quick summary

You can now print personal and Chat spaces Task lists on web. We hope this makes it easier for you to track assigned items offline or plan with pen and paper if that’s your preference. 

print task list

Getting started 


Rollout pace 


Availability 

  • Available to all Google Workspace customers, as well as legacy G Suite Basic and Business customers 
  • Available to users with personal Google Accounts 

Resources 

Picture-in-Picture and multi-pinning available for Google Meet in Chrome

Quick summary 

We’re bringing picture-in-picture to Google Meet to Chrome browsers on the web. You’ll be able to see up to four video tiles of meeting attendees in a floating window on top of other applications. 




Additionally, you can now pin multiple video feeds. This will provide greater flexibility in how you combine people and content, allowing you to adjust the view in a way that best serves your meeting. 

We hope these features make it easier for presenters and meeting attendees to stay engaged with their meeting. Visit the Cloud Blog to learn more about how we’re boosting communication and collaboration for teams in Google Workspace. 

Getting started 


Rollout pace 


Availability 

  • Available to all Google Workspace customers, as well as legacy G Suite Basic and Business customers 
  • Available to users with personal Google Accounts

Resources 

Export search results to .CSV files from the security investigation tool

Quick summary 

In addition to a Google Sheets file, admins can now download log event data from the security investigation tool to as a .CSV file. This will allow admins to further analyze data outside of the tool. The export limit for .CSV files is 100,000 rows.




Note: Sharing permissions for exported Sheets files will default to your domain configuration (meaning, if newly created files are shared with everyone, the exported data will be available to everyone). 


Getting started 


Rollout pace 


Availability 

  • Available to all Google Workspace customers, as well as legacy G Suite Basic and Business customers 

Resources 

Improved experience for removing participants from Google Meet calls

Quick summary 

We’re updating the user experience for removing participants from a meeting in Google Meet. Now, when a host or co-host removes a participant from a call, they will be prompted with additional actions. Specifically, they can opt to: 
  • Simply remove the user from the call 
  • Fill out an additional abuse report 
  • And/or block the user from rejoining 
    • Note: We recommend using the “block” functionality only when absolutely necessary. Blocked users can be manually back to the call from the “People” panel. 



We hope these additional options make it easier to manage your meetings and avoid further disruptions. This update will be available for Google Meet on laptop and desktop devices, as well as Android and iOS devices. 

Getting started 


Rollout pace 


Availability 

  • Available to all Google Workspace customers, as well as legacy G Suite Basic and Business customers 
  • Available to users with personal Google Accounts 

Resources 

VirusTotal integration with the security investigation tool provides deeper insight into Chrome events

What’s changing 

You can now use VirusTotal to view deeper insights on Chrome log events in the Security Investigation Tool. This ability is already available for Gmail event logs



Who’s impacted 

Admins 


Why it’s important 

Admins can use the VirusTotal integration to view more information on Chrome log events, specifically to determine whether any content transfers via Chrome are malicious. 


Additional details 

VirusTotal provides an investigation layer on top of alerts but isn’t being used directly for detection or alerting. 


Data (file attachment hashes) is only shared to VirusTotal after the admin selects to view the VirusTotal report. No data is otherwise shared. 


VirusTotal data is shared with the broader security community. This enables security vendors to collaborate with each other, share important details, and take action to fight security threats. 


The VirusTotal report has two versions: Standard and Enhanced. The Standard version is displayed for admins who have the Security Center > VirusTotal > View report privilege, and who have one of the required Google Workspace editions. The Enhanced version is automatically displayed for paid VirusTotal subscribers who have an active virustotal.com login session with their VT Enterprise user account. Visit the Help Center for more information. 

Getting started 


Rollout pace 


Availability 

  • Available to Google Workspace Enterprise Plus, Education Standard, and Education Plus customers 
  • Not available to Google Workspace Essentials, Business Starter, Business Standard, Business Plus, Enterprise Essentials, Enterprise Standard, Education Fundamentals, Frontline, and Nonprofits, as well as G Suite Basic and Business customers 

Resources 

De-reverberation available for Google Meet

Quick summary 

In addition to filtering out background noises like keyboard typing, Google Meet will now remove reverberations from sound recorded by your microphone. De-reverberation will automatically filter out echos created by spaces with hard surfaces, such as a basement or a kitchen, helping to ensure optimal audio quality. 


Getting started 


Rollout pace 

  • This feature is available now for all users. 

Availability 

  • Available to Google Workspace Business Standard, Business Plus, Enterprise Essentials, Enterprise Standard, Enterprise Plus, Education Plus, the Teaching and Learning upgrade, and Frontline customers 
  • Not available to Google Workspace Essentials, Business Starter, Education Fundamentals, Education Standard, Nonprofits, as well as legacy G Suite Basic and Business customers 

Resources 

Mark your important tasks with a star in Google Tasks

Quick summary 

In Google Tasks, you can now mark important tasks with a star. This is similar to functionality that already exists in Drive today. Additionally, you’ll be able to view or sort your starred items across various tasks lists in the new starred view. 

We hope this update makes it easier for you to prioritize your tasks and quickly navigate to important tasks across your projects. 




Getting started 


Rollout pace 


Availability 

  • Available to all Google Workspace customers, as well as legacy G Suite Basic and Business customers

Resources 

Context-Aware Access remediator provides more context for access denials

What’s changing 

Admins using Context-Aware Access can now provide more information to end users when their access is blocked using the user remediation feature. This feature will help end users quickly understand what steps they need to take to re-access Google Workspace. 


Who’s impacted 

Admins and end users 


Why it’s important 

Context-Aware Access allows admins to assign granular access control policies to apps based on attributes such as user identity, location, device security status, IP address, etc. When a user or device does not meet the requirements, they will be unable to access the respective apps. 


Currently, the only course of action for end users is to contact their admin for further support, which causes unnecessary delay, churn, and support calls. End user remediation will enable admins to provide their users with details about why their access has been denied and what steps need to be taken to restore access. 


Further, once an admin enables remediation, they’ll see a message in the Admin console noting whether remediation is enabled. Each remediation action corresponds to an attribute which is causing access to be denied. Visit the Help Center for a list of the possible remediation actions that may be shown to end users. 


Getting Started 

  • Admins: Admins can apply the new remediation messaging within the Context-aware Access section of the admin UI by navigating to Security > Context-Aware Access > User Message. Visit the Help Center to learn more about allowing users to unblock apps with remediation messages in Context Aware Access. 



  • End Users: End users will see the following message if they try to access a Google Workspace app when access is not allowed. 




Rollout pace 


Availability 

  • Available to Google Workspace Enterprise Plus, Education Plus, and Cloud Identity Premium customers 
  • Not available to Google Workspace Essentials, Business Starter, Business Standard, Business Plus, Enterprise Essentials, Enterprise Standard, Education Fundamentals, Frontline, and Nonprofits, as well as legacy G Suite Basic and Business customers 

Resources 

New admin controls for access to discoverable spaces in Google Chat

What’s changing 

Recently, we introduced the ability to create spaces in Google Chat that you can share with others in your organization to join via link. We’re now adding the ability for Admins to set the default for newly created spaces and enable sharing scoped to specific audiences. 

Admins can set the default for new spaces and define more granular target audiences for Discoverable Spaces


End-users can select admin-defined audiences from space access drop-down



Who’s impacted 

Admins and end users 



Why it matters 

Admins can now set the default access for new spaces and who can find them by defining the appropriate target audiences. While creating topic-based conversations that can be shared more broadly within an organization fosters collaboration and helps build community, there may still be instances where an organization may wish to target which group or audience can discover or join a space. With additional admin controls, admins can help users discover and join relevant conversations to encourage collaboration more effectively. 



Getting started 

  • Admins: The creation of “Restricted” spaces will be OFF by default and can be enabled at the domain level. Visit the Help Center to learn more about Google Chat sharing settings
  • End users: Visit the Help Center to learn more about creating shareable spaces

Rollout pace 


Availability 

  • Available to Google Workspace Business Plus, Enterprise Standard, Enterprise Plus, Education Plus, and Education Standard customers 
  • Not available to Google Workspace Essentials, Business Starter, Business Standard, Enterprise Essentials, Education Fundamentals, the Teaching and Learning Upgrade, Frontline, and Nonprofits, as well as legacy G Suite Basic customers 
  • Not available to Google Workspace Individual users or users with personal Google Accounts 

Resources