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Google Workspace Updates Weekly Recap - October 22, 2021

New updates Unless otherwise indicated, the features below are fully launched or in the process of rolling out (rollouts should take no more than 15 business days to complete), 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), and available to all Google...

Google Meet meeting hosts now have more control of participant's audio and video feeds for smoother, more productive meetings

What’s changing Meeting hosts in Google Meet can now use Audio and Video Lock to turn off the microphones and/or cameras of other participants in the meeting and prevent them from turning them back on until you unlock them, in the main and breakout rooms. Earlier this year, we announced the ability for meeting hosts to mute everyone all at once in...

Visual updates and improvements for the To, Cc, and Bcc fields in Gmail

What’s changing We’re making several improvements in Gmail to help users compose email more efficiently and confidently. When interacting with the “To”, “Cc”, and “Bcc” fields, some improvements you’ll notice are: A new right-click menu to easily view a recipient's full name and email, edit contact names, copy email addresses, open a recipient's information...

Set aside time for focus in Google Calendar

What’s changingWe’re introducing a new Google Calendar entry type, Focus time, so you can block out and protect your time for heads-down individual work. Similar to the Out of office event type, focus time has a different appearance on your calendar and includes the option to automatically decline conflicting events.Create a Focus time entry in CalendarFocus...

Add a page break before paragraphs in Google Docs

Quick launch summaryYou can now mark a paragraph to always begin on a new page with the new “Add page break before” option in Google Docs. This is particularly useful if you want certain paragraph styles to always create a new page such as titles, subtitles, or headings.Add the new "Add page break before" paragraph style in DocsThis also means that...

Reminder: Editing in classic Google Sites will no longer be available starting December 1, 2021 and classic Sites will no longer be viewable beginning January 1, 2021

What’s changing As previously announced, we are replacing classic Google Sites with new Google Sites. To avoid disruption, please make sure all of your existing classic Sites are migrated by December 31, 2021. We’d like to remind you that: Starting December 1, 2021: you will no longer be able to edit any remaining classic Google Sites in your domain. Starting...

Easily add to Google Docs with the new universal @ menu

What’s changing As part of our mission to build the future of work, smart canvas enables new ways to collaborate in Google Workspace. This includes smart chips, which enable you to add interactive building blocks to connect people, content, and events into one seamless experience. Now, we’ve added a universal insertion menu to easily add things like...

Integrate Google Chat with a 3rd-party archiving solution

What’s changing You can now send an email archive of Google Chat messages to a 3rd party archiving solution. For users that have archiving of Chat messages enabled, the 3rd party archiving solution will be able to receive email archives containing 1:1 conversations and conversations in rooms and groups. Content within the Chat message is also archived,...

Mark Google Chat messages as unread

Quick launch summaryYou can now mark a Google Chat direct message (DM) or Space as read or unread on mobile and on the web.Mark as unread in message actionsMark as unread in conversation optionsMark as unread in conversation listMarking a message as unread can help remind you to return to it later in Chat. In 1:1 and group DMs, you can mark a thread...

Control session length for Google Cloud Console and gcloud CLI now generally available

Quick Summary In 2019, we announced a beta that allows Google Workspace, Google Cloud Platform (GCP), and Cloud Identity admins to set a fixed session duration for specific apps and services. This is now generally available. After the session expires, users will need to re-enter their login credentials to continue to access: GCP Cloud Console gcloud...

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