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Google Workspace Updates Weekly Recap – June 14, 2024

1 New update

Unless 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.


Make a space discoverable to a target audience using the Google Chat API 
Earlier this year, we introduced the option to create discoverable spaces using the Google Chat API through the Google Workspace Developer Preview Program. We’re excited to announce this is now generally available for Google Workspace developers. | Rolling out now to Rapid Release domains and Scheduled Release domains | Available to all Google Workspace customers. | Learn more about discoverable spaces.

Previous announcements

The announcements below were published on the Workspace Updates blog earlier this week. Please refer to the original blog posts for complete details.


Stay on top of shared Drive files with automatic digest emails 
If you haven’t been active on Drive for 7 days and have multiple shared files that are unviewed, we’ll send you a reminder email that summarizes the files. | Learn more about automatic digest emails for Drive files. 

Adding audit logs for Gemini for Google Workspace activity 
We’re introducing the ability for admins to see new audit logs in Google Drive for activity triggered by Gemini for Google Workspace. | Learn more about audit logs for Gemini. 

Google Meet add-ons are now available on Android devices 
We’re expanding access to Google Meet add-ons, now to Android devices, so you can find, install, and use third and first-party applications right from within the Meet app. | Learn more about Meet add-ons. 

Updated design for meeting controls in Google Meet 
Google Meet is gradually improving and modernizing the in-call experience with the Material 3 Design System. This week, we are announced the first update, which is specific to the lower bar of in-call controls in Meet. | Learn more about updated designs for meeting controls in Google Meet.

Google Classroom now supports grade category and co-teacher imports from SIS partners
Starting this week, teachers can now import their grade categories and co-teachers from their linked SIS. | Learn more about import grading categories or co-teachers

Google Meet now supports high definition video for meeting recording and devices 
Full HD video content is now available for recorded meetings and sending full HD video is now available on all computers with 1080p cameras. Learn more about new video support in Meet.


Completed rollouts

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: 
Scheduled Release Domains: 
Rapid and Scheduled Release Domains: 

For a recap of announcements in the past six months, check out What’s new in Google Workspace (recent releases).   


Google Workspace Updates Weekly Recap – June 7, 2024

2 New updates

Unless 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.


Switch between edit, view and comment mode in Google Slides 
We’re making it easier for you to switch between different modes in Google Slides. For example, if you’d like to hide comments within a presentation or avoid accidental edits, you can switch to view mode. Choosing commenting mode hides all options associated with editing, but still allows you to read and add comments. To change your mode, navigate to the View > Mode > select a mode. | Rolling out to Rapid Release domains now; launch to Scheduled Release domains planned for June 20, 2024. | Available to Google Workspace customers, Google Workspace Individual subscribers, and users with personal Google accounts. | Learn more about switching view mode on Google Slides
Switch between edit, view and comment mode in Google Slides


Scroll and zoom while presenting in Google Meet 
When you’re presenting in Google Meet, you can now scroll and zoom in or out on your content directly from Meet. This eliminates the need to switch between tabs, helping you focus more on delivering your presentation. | This feature is available now for all Google Workspace customers. | Learn more about presenting during a meeting.
Scroll and zoom while presenting in Google Meet


Previous announcements

The announcements below were published on the Workspace Updates blog earlier this week. Please refer to the original blog posts for complete details.


Stay up to date on important changes in your Google Sheets 
In order to provide greater visibility into spreadsheet changes most relevant to your workflow and help enable more efficient team communication, we’re introducing conditional notifications. | Learn more about conditional notifications. 

Request to join spaces in Google Chat 
To make it even easier to more broadly share information, build communities and foster discussion across your organization, we’re introducing the ability for users to request to join a space upon receiving a link to that space. | Learn more about joining spaces. 

Rollout Update: framing support for Series One Desk 27 and Board 65 devices and remote controlled devices 
We recently announced several updates related to framing options on Google Hardware devices and have provided update rollout information. | Learn more about the rollout update.


Completed rollouts

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: 
Scheduled Release Domains: 
Rapid and Scheduled Release Domains: 

For a recap of announcements in the past six months, check out What’s new in Google Workspace (recent releases).   




Google Workspace Updates Weekly Recap – May 31, 2024

1 New update

Unless 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.


Interactive features now available for ultra-low latency live streams on mobile devices 
If you’re joining a live stream from the Google Meet Android or iOS app, you can now use interactive features such as reactions, Q&A, and polls when they’re available. Note that this update is applicable for ultra-low latency live streams only, the standard live streaming experience remains the same. | Live streaming is available for Google Workspace Enterprise Standard, Enterprise Plus, Enterprise Essentials Plus, the Teaching and Learning Upgrade, and Education Plus customers. | Live streamed meetings can be viewed by Google Workspace Business Starter, Business Standard, Business Plus, Enterprise Starter, Enterprise Standard, Enterprise Plus, Education Fundamentals, Education Standard, the Teaching and Learning Upgrade, Education Plus, Essentials Starter, and Essentials users. | Rollout to Rapid Release domains and Scheduled Release domains is complete.




Previous announcements

The announcements below were published on the Workspace Updates blog earlier this week. Please refer to the original blog posts for complete details.


Introducing audit logs for these API-based actions 
We added audit logs for these API-based actions to the security investigation tool and the audit and investigation tool to expand upon an admin’s ability to identify, triage, and take action on security and privacy issues in their domain. | Learn more about audit logs for these API-based actions. 

Now generally available: Edit client-side encrypted Excel files in Google Sheets 
Last year, we announced a beta for the ability to view and edit client-side encrypted Excel files with Google Sheets. Starting this week, we’re rolling it out in general availability for select customers. | Learn more about CSE Excel files in Sheets. 

Personal information cards and Contacts sidebar will now display the organization name 
Starting this week, the organization name and department will be displayed on personal information cards and in the Contacts sidebar. | Learn more about organization name displays. 

Gemini for Workspace usage reports are now available in Admin console 
We’ve introduced Gemini for Workspace usage reports in the Admin console. This report gives admins an overarching view of how Gemini is being used in their organization, specifically: assigned Gemini licenses, active Gemini users, and the number of users who are using Gemini over time. | Learn more about Gemini usage reports. 

The Calendar API now distinguishes events created from Gmail 
The Calendar API will distinguish events created from Gmail. New and existing events from Gmail that are scheduled for a future date will: 1) appear with a new event Type “fromGmail” instead of “default”, 2) include the email recipient as the organizer instead of “[email protected]” and 3) new “fromGmail” filters for both Events.list and Events.watch will be available. | Learn more about the Calendar API.


Completed rollouts

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: 
Scheduled Release Domains: 
Rapid and Scheduled Release Domains: 

For a recap of announcements in the past six months, check out What’s new in Google Workspace (recent releases).   

Google Workspace Updates Weekly Recap – May 24, 2024

2 New updates

Unless 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.


Expanding row limits in Connected Sheets for BigQuery 
Last year, we increased the maximum number of rows of results returned from BigQuery to 50,000 for pivot tables and data extracts. This week, we’re excited to announce this has been expanded to 100,000 rows for pivot tables and 500,000 rows for extracts (with a cell limit of 5 million). This will allow you to analyze even more results in Sheets from the petabytes of data in BigQuery. | Rolling out to Rapid Release and Scheduled Release domains now. | Available to all Google Workspace customers, Workspace Individual Subscribers, and users with personal Google accounts. | Learn more about analyzing & refreshing BigQuery data in Google Sheets using Connected Sheets, Google Sheets limitations, and getting started with BigQuery data in Google Sheets.

Custom text fields are now available for eSignature in Google Docs and Google Drive 
You can now input custom text fields when using eSignature. This gives you the flexibility to collect specific information as needed, including a phone number, job title, company name, and more. | Available to Google Workspace Individual users and other eligible Google Workspace customers who are on the eSignature alpha. | Rolling out to Rapid Release domains and Scheduled Release domains now. | Learn more about sending signature requests & signing documents with eSignature.




Previous announcements

The announcements below were published on the Workspace Updates blog earlier this week. Please refer to the original blog posts for complete details.


Filter, sort, and display your Google Meet hardware devices by product service status 
You can currently filter, sort, and display your Google Meet hardware devices by whether they are online, offline, or experiencing an application load-failure. This week, we’re expanding these parameters to include whether the Calendar and Jamboard services are turned OFF. | Learn more about filtering, sorting and displaying Meet hardware devices. 

Introducing adaptive audio in Google Meet: creating ad-hoc meeting spaces with multiple laptops 
With “adaptive audio,” you and your team can join Google Meet using multiple laptops in close proximity without awkward echos and audio feedback. | Learn more about adaptive audio in Google Meet. 

Send emails to spaces in Google Chat 
After a space manager generates an email address for a space, members (or anyone in your domain with the email address) can send or forward any email to that space. This provides a great way for teams to easily triage or discuss email content with stakeholders within the space. The email will appear as a clickable card showing a snippet of the email in the designated space. | Learn more about sending emails to spaces. 

Manage spaces at scale with new Chat API functionality 
We are pleased to announce the launch for additional features of Chat API via the Developer Preview Program, enabling space management at scale on behalf of admin users. These new features are available to all users currently enrolled in the Developer Preview Program. | Learn more about new Chat API functionality. 

Introducing Gemini offerings for Google Workspace for Education customers 
Beginning May 23, 2024, Google for Education customers will be able to leverage new and powerful ways of working, teaching and learning with Gemini for Google Workspace with two new paid add-ons. | Learn more about Gemini Education and Gemini Education Premium add-ons.

Expanding voice typing and automatic captions to additional browsers 
We’re expanding support for voice typing and captions features to additional browsers, such as Edge and Safari. When a user turns on voice typing or captions, the web browser controls the speech-to-text service, determines how speech is processed, and then sends text data to Google Docs and Google Slides. | Learn more about voice typing features in additional browsers.



Completed rollouts

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: 

For a recap of announcements in the past six months, check out What’s new in Google Workspace (recent releases).   

Google Workspace Updates Weekly Recap – May 17, 2024

3 New updates

Unless 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.


Expanding Google Drive admin settings to additional Google Workspace editions 
We’re expanding the following admin settings to Google Workspace Cloud Identity Free, Cloud Identity Premium and Essentials Starter editions: 
  • Disable Drive Offline 
  • Disable Add-ons 
  • Disable SDK and Drive for Desktop Back-up & Sync 
  • Set Sharing settings including Trusted Domains 
Rapid Release and Scheduled Release domains: Extended rollout (potentially longer than 15 days for feature visibility) starting on May 20, 204. | Available to Google Workspace Business Starter, Business Standard, Business Plus, Essentials Starter, Enterprise Essentials, Enterprise Essentials Plus, Enterprise Standard, Enterprise Plus, Frontline Starter, Frontline Standard, Education Fundamentals, Education Standard, Education Plus, Cloud Identity Free, Cloud Identity Premium and Nonprofits customers only. | Learn more about managing external sharing for your organization. 


View recent shares in the Google Drive Activity page
 
Google Drive’s Activity page shows pending access requests, recent comments, and approvals for files, allowing you to quickly view recent activity and take action, all in one place. Starting this week, we are adding recent file shares in the Drive Activity page, which includes who shared a file and when the file was shared. | Rolling out to Rapid Release domains and Scheduled Release domains now. | Available to all Google Workspace customers and Google Workspace Individual subscribers. | Learn more about Activity in Drive. 
View recent shares in the Google Drive Activity page


Hover to preview videos in Google Drive 
We’re introducing a new feature that lets you quickly preview videos in Drive in List mode by simply hovering your mouse over their thumbnail. Upon hovering, the video will start to play automatically and clicking on the video will open it in full-screen. While the video is in preview mode, you can turn captions and the sound on or off using the icons in the top right corner. | Rolling out to Rapid Release domains now; launch to Scheduled Release domains planned for June 4, 2024. | Available to all Google Workspace customers, Google Workspace Individual subscribers, and users with personal Google accounts. | Learn more about viewing & reordering your files and folders.

Hover to preview videos in Google Drive



Previous announcements

The announcements below were published on the Workspace Updates blog earlier this week. Please refer to the original blog posts for complete details.


Gemini (gemini.google.com) is now available to Google Workspace users in more territories and languages 
Gemini (gemini.google.com) is now available in more than 35 languages. | Learn more about additional languages for Gemini.

Gemini for Google Workspace feature Help me write now available in Spanish and Portuguese 
Help me write, an AI-powered writing features that help you quickly refine existing work or get you started with something new in Google Docs and Gmail using Gemini for Google Workspace, is now available in Spanish and Portuguese. | Learn more about Help me write in additional languages. 

Preview files in Google Drive with new hovercard feature 
We’re introducing file hovercards in Google Drive to improve this experience and help you complete tasks faster without having to open multiple tabs. Now, when you place your cursor over a file icon in Google Drive on the web, a hovercard will appear with a thumbnail of your file and other relevant information, such as file type, file owner, who recently modified the file and when they last modified the file. | Learn more about hovercards in Drive. 


Completed rollouts

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 and Scheduled Release Domains: 

For a recap of announcements in the past six months, check out What’s new in Google Workspace (recent releases).   

Google Workspace Updates Weekly Recap – May 10, 2024

1 New update

Unless 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.


Expanding Slides recordings to Microsoft Edge 
Last year, we introduced slides recordings, a Google Slides feature that lets you easily record yourself presenting, and then share the presentation with others to view when it works for them. This week, we’re excited to announce you can now create recordings in Microsoft Edge, in addition to Google Chrome on your desktop. | Rolling out to Rapid Release domains now; launch to Scheduled Release domains planned for May 22, 2024. | Available to Google Workspace Business Standard, Business Plus, Enterprise Starter, Enterprise Essentials, Enterprise Essentials Plus, Enterprise Standard, Enterprise Plus and Education Plus. | Learn more about using slides recording in Google Slides.




Previous announcements

The announcements below were published on the Workspace Updates blog earlier this week. Please refer to the original blog posts for complete details.


A simplified experience for Workspace users to add 2-Step Verification (2SV) methods 
We’re simplifying how users turn on 2-Step Verification (2SV), which will streamline the process, and make it easier for admins to enforce 2SV policies in their organizations. | Learn more about adding 2-Step Verification (2SV) methods. 

Block compromised mobile devices using context-aware access 
Using context-aware access, you now have the option to automatically block access to Google Workspace data from compromised Android and iOS devices. A device may be counted as compromised if certain unusual events are detected, including devices that are jailbroken, bypassing of security controls, modification of restricted settings, and more. | Learn more about compromised mobile devices. 

Improving suspension alerting for Google Meet hardware devices 
To ensure customers with Google Meet hardware devices have sufficient notice about canceled or expired device subscriptions, we’re adding notifications in the Admin console. | Learn more about suspension alerts in Meet hardware. 

Easily convert data to dropdown chips in Google Sheets 
We’re adding a new feature that helps you quickly convert ranges of data into dropdown chips in bulk. If you have a column of data that includes a variety of data values (e.g., different project statuses like on track, paused, completed), Sheets will show a “Convert to dropdown chips” suggestion when you click into your data range. | Learn more about dropdown chips in Sheets. 

New ways to quickly format and organize data with tables in Google Sheets 
We’re excited to announce tables in Google Sheets, which helps you simplify and accelerate spreadsheet building by bringing format and structure to unorganized ranges. | Learn more about tables in sheets. 

Breakout room information is now included in Google Meet attendance reports 
We’re now including breakout room attendance as part of attendance reporting in Google Meet. Attendance reports help meeting organizers keep track of who attended their meetings and for how long, which can be challenging during larger meetings or while presenting. | Learn more about breakout room information. 

Set the default camera framing option for Google Meet hardware devices, and other framing updates 
We’re introducing several updates around framing controls for Google Meet hardware devices: 1) an admin setting which will allow admins to choose a default framing option for their meeting spaces, 2) framing support on whiteboards (Series One Desk 27 and Board 65) and remote controlled only Google Meet hardware devices, 3) a few small adjustments to how camera framing settings appear on hardware devices. | Learn more about framing updates for Meet hardware devices. 

Get notifications for all messages in a Google Chat space 
For conversations that require a higher level of attention, we’re introducing a new “notify all” functionality for in-line threaded spaces. If this option is selected, you will be notified of all new messages in the space. This includes receiving notifications for all @ mentions, threads followed, and even threads that you do not follow, allowing you to stay on top of everything happening in a conversation. | Learn more about notifications in Google Chat.


Completed rollouts

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: 
Scheduled Release Domains: 
Rapid and Scheduled Release Domains: 

For a recap of announcements in the past six months, check out What’s new in Google Workspace (recent releases).   

Google Workspace Updates Weekly Recap – May 3, 2024

New updates

There are no new updates to share this week. Please see below for a recap of published announcements. 

Previous announcements

The announcements below were published on the Workspace Updates blog earlier this week. Please refer to the original blog posts for complete details.


Updated keyboard shortcuts and first-letters navigation now available on Google Drive web 
First-letters navigation enables users to quickly and easily navigate a list of items in Drive via keypress. Users can move focus within a file list in Drive by pressing the first letter(s) of the file's name. Pressing the same letter again will navigate to the next item starting with that letter. | Learn more about first-letter navigation.


Configure managed iOS apps for your users’ using Google Mobile Device Management 
Directly from the Admin console, admins can remotely set custom configs for managed iOS apps on end-user devices for their enterprise using Google Mobile Device Management. Managed configurations are applied using XML property lists and the same app can be configured differently across different domains, groups, or organizational units (OUs). | Learn more about configuring managed iOS apps for users. 


Available in open beta: Build AppSheet automations using Google Forms 
We’re introducing an integration between AppSheet and Google Forms. With this update, Google Forms submissions can act as event triggers within AppSheet Automations. These automations can then take many different actions, such as sending notifications or approval requests to Gmail or Google Chat, or even calling a custom Apps Script function. | Learn more about AppSheet automations using Google Forms.


Google Meet increases support for ultra-low latency live streaming to the first 25,000 viewers 
For Google Workspace editions that support 100,000 viewers, we’re increasing the availability of the Google Meet ultra-low latency viewing experience for live streamed meetings from the first 10,000 viewers to the first 25,000 viewers. All additional viewers will have the standard live streaming experience. This update is available for live streams within your organization on web and mobile. | Learn more about increased support for ultra-low latency live streaming. 


Introducing AppSheet Organizations 
We’re making it easier to manage your AppSheet users with the introduction of AppSheet Organizations. An AppSheet organization creates organization administrators with a centralized tool to manage all of the teams in the organization and delegate team management responsibilities to team administrators.| Learn more about AppSheet Organizations.


Hide tiles without video during Google Meet calls 
We’ve added the option to hide non-video tiles, so that users can avoid clutter on their screen if they are interested to only see the participants with their videos on. This option can help reduce screen clutter and focus on video-enabled participants, meanwhile users with their videos off can be shown on screen if they speak. | Learn more about hiding video tiles.


Completed rollouts

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: 
Scheduled Release Domains: 
Rapid and Scheduled Release Domains: 

For a recap of announcements in the past six months, check out What’s new in Google Workspace (recent releases).   



Google Workspace Updates Weekly Recap – April 26, 2024

3 New updates

Unless 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.


Customizable Home tab for Google Chat apps 
Recently, we announced the availability of the "Home" tab for Google Chat apps through the Google Workspace Developer Preview Program. This feature allows developers to create a new tab in their Chat apps, known as “App Home”. App home can be customized to display user-specific dashboards, a list of open items and tasks, and more. We’re excited to announce this is now generally available for Google Workspace developers. | Rollout to Rapid Release domains and Scheduled Release domains is complete. | Available to all Google Workspace customers. | Learn more about sending an app home card message for a Google Chat app.
Customizable Home tab for Google Chat apps

Create Looker Studio reports from Google Sheets 
Looker Studio enables users to quickly build interactive reports and dashboards, and starting today they can now be created directly from Google Sheets. More specifically, users can: 
  • Pick which sheet or cell range to use in the generated report on Looker Studio. 
  • Transform the data in Sheets to an automatically generated Looker Studio report in a single click, and save and share the report with an individual or a team. 
The Looker Studio report remains connected to the Sheet, and can be refreshed to reflect data updates. | Rolling out to Rapid Release domains and Scheduled Release domains now. | Available to all Google Workspace customers, Google Workspace Individual subscribers, and users with personal Google accounts. | Learn how to create a Looker Studio report from Google Sheets

Create Looker Studio reports from Google Sheets

Export Gemini data for users in your organization 
Super admins can now export all of their users Gemini data, including prompts and Gemini’s responses to those prompts. Expanding takeout to include Gemini data continues to ensure that our customers have control over their organization’s data in order to manage their data privacy and compliance needs. | Rollout to Rapid Release domains and Scheduled Release domains is complete. | Available to Google Workspace customers with the Gemini Enterprise and Gemini Business add-on, as well as those customers with Gemini (gemini.google.com) enabled for their users. | Learn more about exporting Gemini data, exporting all of your organization’s data, and exporting data by organizational unit, group, or user. Additionally, you can use the Help Center to learn more about allowing your users to download their data.





Previous announcements

The announcements below were published on the Workspace Updates blog earlier this week. Please refer to the original blog posts for complete details.


External participants can now join Google Meet client-side encrypted calls 
We’re enhancing the experience for client-side encrypted Google Meet calls to include support for inviting external participants, including users without a Google account. | Learn more about external participants joining CSE Meet calls. 


Client-side encryption can now be selected as a data loss prevention condition 
You can now use client-side encryption as a condition for a data loss prevention (DLP) rule. | Learn more about the DLP rule. 


Seamlessly transfer between devices during a Google Meet call 
You can now smoothly transfer between devices while on a Google Meet call without hanging up and rejoining. | Learn more about transferring between devices during a Google Meet call. 


Import data from Slack to Google Chat using CloudFuze 
With the CloudFuze integration, you can move messages and memberships from Slack channels into Chat spaces. CloudFuze also imports data while maintaining historical timestamps to ensure users can start using spaces right where they left off. | Learn more about Google Chat and CloudFuze.


Get notified about application load failures for your Google Meet Hardware devices 
You can now opt-in to receive email or text message notifications when application load failures occur. Subscribing to alerts can help you stay on-top of what’s happening across your hardware fleet and quickly take action to resolve these issues. | Learn more about application load failure notifications.


Workspace Data Protection rules are now available for Gmail in Beta
Launching first to beta, we’re introducing data loss prevention rules for Gmail. Data protection rules help admins and security experts build a stronger framework around sensitive data to prevent personal or proprietary information from ending up in the wrong hands. | Learn more about Data Protection rules.



Completed rollouts

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: 
Scheduled Release Domains: 
Rapid and Scheduled Release Domains: 

For a recap of announcements in the past six months, check out What’s new in Google Workspace (recent releases).   

Google Workspace Updates Weekly Recap – April 19, 2024

1 New update

Unless 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.


Enhancing search within the Google Drive app on Android devices
Last month, we introduced numerous improvements to the Google Drive search experience on iOS devices. Today, we’re excited to announce that these enhancements will be available on Android devices as well. | This feature is available for Rapid Release domains and is rolling out now to Scheduled Release domains. | Available to Google Workspace customers, Google Workspace Individual subscribers, and users with personal Google accounts. | Learn more about finding files in Google Drive




Previous announcements

The announcements below were published on the Workspace Updates blog earlier this week. Please refer to the original blog posts for complete details.


Build a Dialogflow CX Google Chat app that understands and responds with natural language 
The enhanced Dialogflow CX, now generally available, provides a new way of designing virtual agents by taking a state machine approach to agent design. Now, developers have clear and explicit control over a conversation, enjoy a better end-user experience, and gain access to an improved development workflow. | Learn more about Dialogflow CX Google Chat apps.


Dark mode now available in Google Drive web 
We’ve introduced a highly requested feature: Dark mode in Drive on web. This new setting aims to provide you with a more comfortable, customizable viewing experience for Drive. | Learn more about dark mode.


Launch the FigJam whiteboard app directly from Google Meet Series One Board 65 and Desk 27 devices 
You can now launch FigJam both in and out of an active Meet call from the Series One Board 65 and Desk 27 devices. | Learn more about the FigJam whiteboard app.


Use annotations to enhance your presentations in Google Meet 
We’ve introduced annotation tools in Google Meet. Presenters and their appointed co-annotators can use these tools to highlight content or make other notations over presented content. Annotations will be on by default when you begin presenting — you can open the annotations menu to access various tools such as a pen, disappearing ink, sticker, text box, and more. | Learn more about annotations. 


Promote space members to space managers using the Google Chat API 
You can now use the Chat API to promote space members to space managers. | Learn more about managing members using the Chat API. 


Available in beta: automatically log Google Voice calls made to Salesforce contacts 
We’re introducing a beta integration between Google Voice and Salesforce that makes it easier to track details of calls made in Voice. | Learn more about logging Google Voice calls made to Salesforce contacts. 


Google Chat apps can now subscribe to event notifications 
Google Workspace developers registered in our Developer Preview Program have been able to build Chat apps that can subscribe to Chat events using the Google Workspace Events API. We’re pleased to announce that as of today, this functionality is now available to all Workspace developers. | Learn more about Chat apps subscribing to event notifications. 


Now generally available: Chat interoperability between Google Chat and other messaging platforms 
At Google Cloud Next 2023, we announced interoperability between Google Chat, Microsoft Teams and Slack— powered by Mio and previously available to Workspace customers through a Beta program. We’re pleased to announce that as of today, this solution is generally available for Google Workspace customers. | Learn more about the interoperability of Google Chat.


Completed rollouts

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: 
Scheduled Release Domains: 
Rapid and Scheduled Release Domains: 

For a recap of announcements in the past six months, check out What’s new in Google Workspace (recent releases).   





Google Workspace Updates Weekly Recap – April 12, 2024

2 New updates

Unless 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.


Address access permissions for Google Drive embeds in Google Sites 
When adding embedded content from Google Drive into a Google Site, such as a PDF, document or presentation, site editors will now be prompted to address potential access permissions. The notification will also appear when site editors are publishing the site or sharing it with other site collaborators and viewers. This will ensure other site collaborators or viewers have permission to edit or view embedded Drive content when collaborating on a site. | Rolling out to Rapid Release domains now; launch to Scheduled Release domains planned for April 25, 2024. | Available to Google Workspace customers, Google Workspace Individual subscribers, and users with personal Google accounts. | Learn more about adding Google files, videos, website content, & more.
Address access permissions for Google Drive embeds in Google Sites

Track usage for Gemini for Workspace users in the Admin console
We recently announced the Gemini Business add-on which provides a subset of generative AI features, subject to monthly usage limits. Gemini Business customers can now check a user’s Gemini limit status in the admin console. For Gemini Enterprise and Gemini Business customers, admins can check their user’s last Gemini usage date as well. | Gemini usage and limit status reports are now available. | Learn more about Usage limits in Gemini for Google Workspace.




Previous announcements

The announcements below were published on the Workspace Updates blog earlier this week. Please refer to the original blog posts for complete details.


Introducing the AI Meetings and Messaging for Google Workspace add-on 
As we continue to expand our Gemini for Google Workspace offerings, we're excited to introduce the AI Meetings and Messaging add-on, which will help you have richer meetings and foster more meaningful collaboration. | Learn more about the AI Meetings and Messaging add-on

Introducing a new AI Security add-on for Google Workspace  
The AI Security add-on will give customers access to the AI Classification capability in Google Drive. AI Classification allows IT teams to automatically and continuously identify, classify, and label sensitive files across the organization. | Learn more about the AI Security add-on

Control your users’ access to new Gemini for Google Workspace features before general availability
We’re introducing a new setting in the Admin console which will give Gemini customers the ability to test Gemini for Google Workspace alpha features before they become generally available. Specifically, admins will be able to turn on alpha features for all Gemini provisioned Workspace users or for a subset of Gemini users in a particular Organizational Unit (OU) or Group. | Learn more about accessing Gemini for Google Workspace features

Protect sensitive admin actions with multi-party approvals 
To protect our customers from malicious actors taking sensitive admin actions, we’re launching multi-party approvals where one admin must approve certain sensitive actions initiated by another. | Learn more about multi-party approvals.

Changes to displaying the “deprovisioned” status for Google Meet hardware devices 
We are removing the “deprovisioned” state from the Admin console. You’ll no longer see devices in this state from the device status page (Devices > Google Meet Hardware > Devices), nor will you be able to filter for those labels. | Learn more about statuses for Google Meet hardware devices.



For a recap of announcements in the past six months, check out What’s new in Google Workspace (recent releases).