G Suite Updates

This official feed from the G Suite team provides essential information about new features and improvements for G Suite customers.
  1. What’s changing

    We’re introducing search chips in Gmail, an easier way to sort and filter search results to find exactly what you’re looking for faster.

    For example, you can search a colleague’s name and further narrow your results by selecting search chips like attachment type (Text document, Spreadsheet, PDF) or a specific timeframe. You can also filter out certain results, like calendar invites.

    Who’s impacted

    End users

    Why you’d use them

    We’ve heard from our users that searching in Gmail could be faster and more intuitive. 

    With search chips, you can easily refine your search results and find what you’re looking for faster, without needing to sort through irrelevant returns or use search operators (like from: marketing@company.com).

    How to get started

    Admins: There is no admin control for this feature.

    End users: This feature is available by default. When searching in Gmail, you can further refine your search results by clicking on the search filter chips below the search box.

    Rollout pace


    Availability

    • Available to all G Suite customers


  2. Quick launch summary 

    Last year, we announced the ability to see when someone is out of office in Gmail, specifically when composing a new email or Hangouts Chat. Now, we’re expanding that functionality to more places in Gmail on web, like when you’re hovering over someone’s name in your inbox or in the “To” or “From” line in an email.


    This feature gives visibility to your time out of office in more places across G Suite, making it clear to senders the appropriate time to message you.

    Getting started 

    Admins: There is no admin control for this feature. 

    End users: These notices will automatically appear when anyone whose calendar you have access to has an out of office event scheduled. Use our Help Center to learn more about disabling the sharing of availability information to other G Suite apps

    Rollout pace 



    Availability 


    • Available to all G Suite customers 

    Resources 


  3. Quick launch summary

    Last year, we announced improved as-you-type spelling and grammar corrections in Gmail. Now, we’re bringing that functionality to Google Docs on the web.


    Autocorrect helps you compose documents quickly and with confidence. Misspelled words will automatically be corrected while typing and denoted with a grey dashed underline. As you continue typing, this dashed line will disappear.

    If you need to undo a correction, you can simply hit backspace, select “Undo” while hovering over the autocorrected word, or use keyboard shortcuts like Command+Z.

    Getting started


    • Admins: There is no admin control for this feature.
    • End users: This feature will be ON by default and can be disabled by going to Tools > Preferences and unchecking “Automatically correct spelling”. Visit the Help Center to learn more about using autocorrect in Google Docs.

    Rollout pace

    • Rapid Release domains: Gradual rollout (up to 15 days for feature visibility) starting on February 18, 2020
    • Scheduled Release domains: Extended rollout (potentially longer than 15 days for feature visibility) starting on March 3, 2020

    Availability

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

    Resources

    Roadmap

  4. Quick launch summary

    Last year, we announced a beta for Smart Compose in Google Docs, a feature that helps you compose high-quality content in Google Docs faster and more easily. Smart Compose saves you time by cutting back on repetitive writing, helps reduce the chance of spelling and grammatical errors, and can suggest relevant contextual phrases.

    This feature is now generally available and has started rolling out to all G Suite customers. Note that Smart Compose is only available in English at the moment.

    Getting started

    • Admins: There is no admin control for this feature.
    • End users: This feature will be ON by default and can be disabled  by going to Tools > Preferences and unchecking “Show Smart Compose Suggestions”. When enabled, you’ll automatically see Smart Compose suggestions. To accept a suggestion you like, press “tab” or press the right arrow key. Visit the Help Center to learn more about using Smart Compose in Google Docs.

    Rollout pace

    • Rapid Release domains: Gradual rollout (up to 15 days for feature visibility) starting on February 18, 2020
    • Scheduled Release domains: Extended rollout (potentially longer than 15 days for feature visibility) starting on March 3, 2020

    Availability

    • Available to G Suite Basic, G Suite Business, and G Suite Enterprise customers 
    • Not available to G Suite for Education, G Suite Enterprise for Education, and G Suite for Nonprofits customers
    • Not available to users with personal Google Accounts

    Resources

    Roadmap


  5. Quick launch summary

    You can now see a timeline of when users joined a call and events that took place during the call in the Meet Quality Tool. The timeline helps with you visually understand how the call developed over time.



    The information on the timeline can be adjusted by selecting/deselecting participants and sorting them by name or join time. You can find more information about the timeline tool in the Help Center.

    Getting started:

    Admins:This feature will be available by default when using the Meet Quality Tool.

    End users: There is no end user setting for this feature.

    Rollout pace



    Availability


    • Available to all G Suite customers

    Resources




  6. Quick launch summary 

    In the Gmail iOS app, when composing or replying to an email, you can now upload attachments from the Files app on your iPhone or iPad.



    Getting started 


    • End users: This feature will be available by default. In the Gmail iOS app, when composing or replying to an email, click the attachment icon and scroll to the “Attachments” section. Then select the folder icon to select an attachment from the Files app. 

    Rollout pace 


    • Rapid Release domains: Extended rollout (potentially longer than 15 days for feature visibility) starting on February 12, 2020 
    • Scheduled Release domains: Extended rollout (potentially longer than 15 days for feature visibility) starting on February 12, 2020 

    Availability 


    • Available to all Gmail iOS users.
  7. Quick launch summary 

    We’ve made some improvements to the “Settings” menu in new Google Sites. Specifically, we’ve consolidated the location of several settings into one place, making it easier for site editors to access and configure different options for their sites.

    For example, you can now now add a favicon to your site by going to Settings > Brand images. Or, to add Google Analytics tracking to your site, go to Settings > Analytics.



    We’ve also given site editors the new option to hide anchor links from site viewers on a published site. Currently, anchor links appear by default when site viewers hover over headings on a page. With this new setting, found in Settings > Viewer tools, site editors now have even more control over how a published site looks. Visit the Help Center to learn more about using anchor links in new Google Sites.

    Getting started 

    End users:

    • Settings menu: The new Settings menu will be available by default. In the “Resources” section below, you’ll find a list of features that can now be accessed in the Settings menu.
    • Anchor links:Use our Help Center to learn more about adding or disabling anchor links in new Google Sites

    Rollout pace 




    Availability 


    • Available to all G Suite customers 


    Resources 


  8. Quick launch summary

    You can now use Hangouts Meet, including screen sharing functionality, with Safari version 13 or higher. This will create a simpler meeting experience for Mac users who prefer to use Safari as their default browser.

    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 Meet with all major browsers.

    Rollout pace

    • This feature is available now for all users.

    Availability

    • Available to all G Suite customers

    Resources



  9. Quick launch summary 

    Earlier this year, we announced the retirement of the Sheets v3 API. At that time, we stated that you’d need to migrate any applications built on the v3 API to the v4 API by March 3, 2020 to ensure they continue working properly.

    We’re extending our timeline to allow developers additional time to migrate their applications: 
    • Starting on April 9, 2020, the spreadsheet and spreadsheets.readonly scopes can no longer be used to list a user’s spreadsheets in the v3 API. 
    • On September 30, 2020, the remainder of the v3 API will be turned down.

    For information on transitioning your apps, check out our migration guide.
  10. Quick launch summary 

    We’re making minor changes to the apps page in the Admin console. In addition to performance improvements such as faster page loading, you may notice the following differences when you go to Admin console > Apps:

    • Settings for Marketplace apps are now managed from links on the Marketplace Apps card, rather than the left hand menu. Click on the whitelisted apps link for more information, or “Manage” to control settings. 
    • Links to the G Suite terms of service are now found at the bottom of the apps page, rather than on the cards themselves. 
    • Visual updates, including clearer text and improved interface navigation. 

    See screenshots of the new and old page below, or use our Help Center to learn more about how to manage apps in the Admin console.

    The new apps hub page in the Admin console 

    The old apps hub page in the Admin console 

    Getting started 


    • Admins: This feature will be ON by default. There is no admin control for this feature. 
    • End users: This does not impact end users. 


    Rollout pace 




    Availability 


    • Available to all G Suite customers