Google turned the big 2-0 this past month. While the date is contested (who really wants to keep track of their age that closely anyway?), Google’s helped people across the world accomplish quite a bit over the past two decades. Here’s a snapshot. Or you can give yourself a tour of the original garage!
In the G Suite world, we kicked off Next Tokyo this month and launched new G Suite features as a part of it. We announced the beta version of Work Insights—a way for you to gain a deeper understanding of how employees use G Suite to collaborate in your organization. We also made the security investigation tool available to G Suite users to help businesses stay on top of security controls.
Did you know there is a Chrome extension that lets you search for Drive files from within your Google Search bar? It’s awesome. You can download the Chrome extension here.
→ Smart Compose is available in G Suite now. Type on.
→ If you’ve ever wished you could comment on a Microsoft file like you do in Google Docs (because it’s awesome), now you can if you save the file in Drive. Check out this demo to see how to comment on Word, Excel or PowerPoint files.
→ We’ve beefed up our conference capabilities with third-parties in Google Calendar. Now you can join meetings natively in Calendar through add-ons from Cisco, Dialpad, LogMeIn, RingCentral and Vonage instead of downloading a separate Chrome extension. One less step. (Or you can always use Hangouts Meet. ;)).
→ Speaking of Hangouts Meet, now up to 100,000 people can livestream meetings—great for global company-wide meetings or executive presentations.
→ The Google Sheets add-on for Salesforce is ready for use. It can help you import data and reports from Salesforce into Sheets, and push updates back to Salesforce. Read more.
→ We’re testing out a new feature for businesses in Google Drive called Priority Workspaces. It uses machine learning to help people find information quicker in Drive. Admins can apply for the beta here.
→ By popular demand, now you can edit jams from the web on Jamboard. We also added a new “view only” option.
Check out the full recap of product updates in September. Cheerio!