10/9/20 Google Workspace Roundup: Updates that Matter Most

Meet integrations, app security, a massive rebrand, and more: read on to learn about all that’s new in Google Workspace (G Suite).

Meet updates

  • Digital whiteboarding integration

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An update to Google Meet provides a new way for meeting  participants to collaborate in real time: digital whiteboarding via Jamboard. An example is shown above.

Rollout has completed for all G Suite users. To access this feature and open or create a Jamboard mid-call, click the three dots at the bottom right.

  • Filter background noise

To help eliminate in-call distractions, Google Meet can now filter out background noise on mobile devices, including Android and iOS. This feature is off by default, and users can enable it by clicking the three dots at the bottom of the call window, clicking Audio, and activating Noise cancellation. Please note that this feature is not yet available in certain regions.

  • Q&As and Polls

Following many customer requests, Google has added Q&As and Polls on Meet. These new features will allow you to more seamlessly engage with your call participants. Rollout began on October 8th and will conclude within 15 days. Eligible users (those on editions previously called G Suite Essentials, G Suite Business, and G Suite Enterprise) will be able to access this feature by clicking Activities in the top right corner of the Meet window.

App verification

A new column in the Admin console has been added which will show admins whether their applications have been verified by Google according to their verification standards. This is currently available to all G Suite customers, and no admin action is required to see this feature.

Read receipts on Chat

Read receipts for private (1-on-1) messages were, until recently, a feature of Google Hangouts only. However, its newer, sleeker alternative Google Chat now has this long-awaited feature as well! Rollout began on October 8th, 2020 and all G Suite customers can expect to see this feature within 15 days without any admin or end user action required.

Google Workspace

Finally (and perhaps most significantly), Google announced on October 6th, 2020 that G Suite is now Google Workspace! We recommend taking a look at Google’s resources to find out more about this exciting change, and all of the brand new SKUs that have arrived with it.

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