Yesterday, a redesigned Gmail for G Suite experience leaked courtesy of developer Tahin Rahman on Twitter, meant to be presented during Google's upcoming Cloud Next '20 event. Instead of ignoring the leak until the planned release date, the company has decided to go ahead and introduce the redesign officially. Going forward, Gmail for G Suite will become a hub encompassing all of Google's productivity platforms, giving you access to videoconferencing, chats, Docs, and more collaboration tools without having to open another website or app.
Back in May, Google introduced some minor interface changes to its productivity apps, which made it clearer to identify whether a document was saved to the cloud or locally. The company was seemingly unhappy with the changes, as it just tweaked the UX a bit more, making it even simpler to see where your changes are being saved.
Last year, Google announced the beta release of Currents. You'd be forgiven for not having a clue what that is, as the company hasn't exactly advertised it since, but it's the enterprise replacement/successor for Google+, so us regular folks don't get to use it anyway. Still, Google has been working on the new business social network for a year now and deems it stable enough to migrate G Suite Google+ users over starting July 6, 2020, as the company announced in an email to administrators.
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Sitting in the cloud, Google’s productivity suite has the big advantage of background updates and feature additions that don’t require user intervention. As part of such a rollout, Google Docs is getting a couple of features that landed first on Gmail and have been tested with a limited group of users. The company yesterday announced that Autocorrect and Smart Compose are now out of beta and will be available to a broader userbase in the coming days.
Google Drive is a cloud storage product that everyone from single users, to enterprises, to educational facilities can use. Recently, Google cleaned up the sharing interface and made it a little nicer for everyday use. Now the company is testing a feature that lets G Suite users share folders that are stored in shared drives, adding a bit more flexibility and privacy controls to the cloud storage .
We've all written to someone about an urgent topic, only to get an automatic reply in return saying the person is currently out of office. Google is rolling out a new feature in Gmail and Calendar to help you avoid unnecessarily contacting people who are unable to reply, as it will now let you know your co-worker is out of office before you even write to them.
Today Google has announced that Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides have access to a small pile of new "Lexend" family of fonts meant to make reading a bit easier. Based on a bit of research which claims that character size, spacing, and stretch can enhance understanding if customized to reading speed, the new fonts come in eight different widths from "Zetta" to "Deca."
You've always been able to access Google Drive files offline with the official 'Backup & Sync' desktop client, but given how terrible that application is, it's nice to see the web app get similar functionality. Google added the ability to mark Docs files for offline access (and edit them offline) earlier this year, but now you can save any Drive file.
This might seem like wishful thinking at best, but hear me out: Google should make a photo editor. I'm not talking about the simple crop-and-filter tools built into Google Photos, but a "real" raster graphics editor with layers and more flexibility, not just to enhance the already great camera chops of the company's Pixel phones, but to help with modern productivity. The nature of work has been changing since the productivity side of G Suite — Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, and Drive — landed back in 2012, and in 2019 many modern workflows can't be completed without graphics or photo editing.
Just about one or two decades ago, we would've laughed anyone off who'd say that we will be editing our text documents in the browser one day. And even if we believed him or her, we would‘ve never thought that a web app could replace native programs for many people and companies. Yet here we are today with Google Drive, which barely stands still and continuously receives new features – just like this Thursday, when the company announced the addition of new formatting tools, including the option to adjust page margins per section and section breaks.