Making Gmail on mobile better for you


If you’ve used Gmail on the web in the past year, you probably noticed its new features that were designed to help you get things done quickly.

With machine learning, Gmail can help you draft emails faster using Smart Compose, or reply to messages quicker with suggested responses generated by Smart Reply. It can also “nudge” you to follow up on emails with subtle reminders in your inbox, and notify you to reply to threads so that you can prioritize what’s important or overdue.

Today, we’re kicking off the year with a new look for Gmail on mobile, too. As part of the new design, you can quickly view attachments—like photos—without opening or scrolling through the conversation. It’s also easier to switch between personal and work accounts, so you can access all of your emails without breaking a sweat. And just like on the web, you’ll get big, red warnings to alert you when something looks phish-y.

This update is part of a larger effort to make G Suite look and act like a family of products, designed in the Google Material Theme with ease-of-use in mind. We’ve already updated the web experiences for Gmail, Drive, Calendar, and most recently Google Docs and Sites. In the coming weeks, you’ll see the new mobile design in Gmail on Android and iOS, with more G Suite mobile apps to follow later this year.

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Get your whole team jamming with Jamboard web improvements

Get your whole team jamming with Jamboard web improvements


What’s changing 

We’re adding several new features to Jamboard which will make it easier to create and collaborate on jams on the web. We recently announced that you can now create and edit jams in a Chrome browser. We’re enhancing this web-based Jamboard experience with several useful features including:

  • Support for familiar keyboard shortcuts: Use Ctrl/CMD+c to copy, CTRL+V to paste, and CTRL+D to duplicate Jam objects when editing on the web. 
  • Create, delete, and duplicate frames on the web: Easily manage frames (the equivalent of pages in jams) on the web. 
  • Easier switch between creation modes: Quickly switch between the drawing and selection modes – hold down Ctrl/CMD to switch to the select mode, and release to switch back to drawing mode. 
  • Better image management: Add images to jams by drag and drop, copy and paste, or through a simple image upload dialog. 
A new dialogue will make it easier to insert images in jams

Who’s impacted 

End users

Why you’d use it 

Jamboard is a great tool for brainstorming, encouraging collaboration, and generally bringing ideas to life. This launch makes it easier for everyone on your team to collaborate on jams, regardless of whether they’re by a physical Jamboard or not.

With these improvements to Jamboard on the web, and the pre-existing apps for phones and tablets, we hope more if your team can join in and share ideas, capture sticky notes, brainstorm, and much more.

How to get started 

Helpful links 

Availability 

Rollout details

  • Rapid Release domains: Keyboard shortcuts, frame management, and mode switching will have a gradual rollout (up to 15 days for feature visibility) starting on Jan 23, 2019. 
  • Scheduled Release domains: Keyboard shortcuts, frame management, and mode switching will have a  gradual rollout (up to 15 days for feature visibility) starting on Jan 23, 2019. 

Better image management will start rolling out in February. Keep an eye on the G Suite Updates blog to know when to expect it.

G Suite editions 

  • Available to G Suite Basic, Business, Enterprise, Enterprise for Education, and Education editions. Not available to G Suite for Nonprofits edition. 

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    Analyze hefty data sets with BigQuery and Google Sheets

    Analyze hefty data sets with BigQuery and Google Sheets


    What’s changing 

    We’re connecting Sheets and BigQuery to make it easier to analyze and share data. The Big Query data connector will help you:

    • Collaborate with partners, analysts or other stakeholders in a familiar spreadsheet interface
    • Ensure a single source of truth for data without having to create additional CSV exports
    • Streamline reporting and dashboarding workflows

    Who’s impacted 

    End users

    Why you’d use it 

    We built BigQuery to help analysts make sense of large datasets—now it’s easier for employees and team members outside of data analyst functions to access and analyze data. By bringing these two tools together, collaborators and other stakeholders can view up to 10,000 rows of data from BigQuery in an easy, familiar interface. This makes collaboration and insight sharing easier, enabling faster decision making.

    How to get started Admins: 

    To check key permissions for the BigQuery data connector see here.

    Additional details 

    Anyone you share the spreadsheet with will see the data contained in the sheet. Only those with edit access in Sheets and view access to the BigQuery table have the ability to refresh the dataset.

    For key permissions for the BigQuery data connector see here.
    As always, use share permissions to control who can view, edit or share your data.

    In the coming weeks, you’ll be able to use tools like Apps Script and the macro recorder to schedule automatic updates within Sheets to the connected BigQuery data. For example, you can automatically refresh sales data in your spreadsheet so the data is fresh and ready for analysis at the beginning of the day. To learn more about how to record or run macros in Sheets, check out this G Suite Pro Tip

    Helpful links Help Center: 

    Analyze BigQuery Data within Sheets 

    Availability

    Rollout Details
    • Rapid Release domains: Extended rollout (potentially longer than 15 days for feature visibility) starting on January 15, 2019. 
    • Scheduled Release domains: Extended rollout (potentially longer than 15 days for feature visibility) starting on January 29 2019. 
    G Suite editions 
    • Available to G Suite Business, G Suite Enterprise, G Suite for Education, G Suite Enterprise for Education, and Drive Enterprise. 
    • Not available to G Suite Basic and G Suite for Nonprofits. 
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    • This feature will be ON by default.

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    Embed Google+ search streams in new Google Sites

    Embed Google+ search streams in new Google Sites


    What’s changing 

    You can now embed a stream of posts from a Google+ search in the new Google Sites. This search could contain simple keywords or advanced search operators.

    This builds on our previous launch, which helped you embed community pages, profiles, and other Google+ streams in new Sites.

    Who’s impacted 

    End users

    Why you’d use it 

    When you embed a stream from G+, users will see the exact same content, whether they’re viewing it on plus.google.com or within an embedded module in a Sites page. They’ll also be able to interact with the content, and have that interaction show in both locations. This can help you create more engaging sites with dynamic and collaborative content from Google+.

    By embedding a stream from a Google+ search, you could embed posts from specific people, or you can embed a Google+ stream that aggregates posts from multiple G+ communities. Users will be able to see the content and interact with it if they choose.

    How to get started 

    Helpful links 

    Help Center: Add Google files, video & more to Google Sites 

    Availability 

    Rollout details 

    G Suite editions 
    Available to all G Suite editions
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    Allow Google Calendar users to book Microsoft Exchange resources

    Allow Google Calendar users to book Microsoft Exchange resources


    What’s changing

    You can now let your Google Calendar users book Microsoft Exchange calendar resources, such as meeting rooms, when they schedule a meeting.

    Who’s impacted

    Admins and end users

    Why you’d use it

    We know that some of you manage a coexistence of Google Calendar users and Microsoft Exchange users within your organizations. Last year, we added the ability to share free/busy information across users in these two environments. With this launch, Calendar users can now easily book any resources that are stored in Exchange.

    How to get started

    • Admins: To enable Exchange room booking in the Admin console, please follow these instructions.
    • End users: Once this feature is enabled, Calendar users will see both Calendar and Exchange resources displayed as bookable options.

    Additional details

    For more information about Calendar interop, check out the Help Center.

    Helpful links

    Help Center: Allow Calendar users to book Exchange resources

    Availability

    Rollout details

    G Suite editions
    Available to all G Suite editions

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    This feature will be OFF by default and can be enabled at the domain level.

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    New pricing for G Suite Basic and Business Editions

    New pricing for G Suite Basic and Business Editions


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    More than a decade ago, we introduced Gmail—our first cloud-native productivity app—to help make email safer and easier for everyone. Since then, we pioneered more ways for teams to collaborate in real-time with products like Google Calendar, Docs, Drive and Hangouts. Together, these apps make up G Suite, our set of intelligent, secure productivity and collaboration tools.

    We’ve brought businesses more than a dozen new G Suite services to help them reimagine how they work, including powerful video conferencing (Hangouts Meet), secure team messaging (Hangouts Chat) and enterprise-grade search capabilities (Cloud Search). We’ve also infused our products with advanced artificial intelligence to make it easier to respond to emails, gather insights from data and protect against phishing attacks before they happen.

    Today, more than four million organizations use G Suite to collaborate efficiently and securely, and analysts have taken notice. IDC’s Wayne Kurtzman notes, “Google has established G Suite as a secure, enterprise-ready, AI–powered productivity and collaboration platform. With its broad set of capabilities, G Suite offers a strong value proposition to customers.”

    Over the last ten years, G Suite has grown to provide more tools, functionality and value to help businesses transform the way they work. The one thing that hasn’t changed over this time, is price. Today, we are announcing two incremental list price updates to reflect this value. Starting on April 2, 2019, G Suite Basic Edition will increase by $1 (from $5 to $6 per user/month) and G Suite Business Edition will increase by $2 (from $10 to $12 per user/month), or the local currency equivalent where applicable. These increases will apply globally with local market adjustments for certain regions. Pricing for G Suite Enterprise Edition customers will not change.

    For existing G Suite Basic or Business edition customers on the Flexible Plan, the new list prices will go into effect on April 2, 2019. For customers on the Annual Plan, the new prices will go into effect the first time their plan renews on or after April 2, 2019. These changes will not impact current contracts or any renewal events prior to April 2, 2019.

    Additionally, for those Basic and Business Edition customers who receive their bill from Google, we’ll send an email with details specific to their domains no later than February 28, 2019. Any customer that licenses G Suite through a reseller should hear from their partners directly regarding the new pricing, or they can reach out to their partners proactively.

    We are grateful for the many businesses that use G Suite to empower their teams to work collaboratively, and we remain committed to expanding its functionality to help our customers succeed. Feel free to reference this edition guide to learn more about each offering.

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