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Google Drive and Docs on the web add support for Burmese and Welsh

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Gmail is getting strikethrough and undo/redo buttons

Gmail is getting a few quality of life improvements in the near future. Over the next couple of days, G Suite Gmail accounts will see the addition of undo and redo buttons in the compose window, along with a button to strike text through (like this). Emails will also soon be downloadable as .EML files.

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Material Design comes to Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, and Sites on the web

Following a slew of second-generation Material Design updates for the web over the past month or so (namely Calendar, Classroom, and Google Accounts), Google is bringing its modern design aesthetic to several more G Suite platforms on the web. Material Design is hitting Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, and Sites beginning today, January 15.

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G Suite updates: Embeddable Google Drawings in Docs and more colorful graphs in Sheets

In an announcement that would have seemed at home in the year 1990, Google has announced that you can make a design element in your Sheets chart a unique color. For instance, in a bar graph where all the bars are blue, you can make one red (see above). Before you rush to your personal computing machine to try out that innovative new feature, though, note that there's another G Suite update coming as well. You can now embed a Google Drawings file into a Doc, and easily update the content of the linked drawing if and/or when it changes.

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Google Voice now supports calling emergency services, but only for businesses and schools

One of the major limitations of Google Voice since its inception is that you can't call 911 or other emergency service numbers. Most VoIP services share this problem, since it's usually impossible for responders to obtain your exact location. Google is working on addressing this, but not for regular users.

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Latest Drive beta lets you share docs with non-Google account holders

Easy collaboration is a key strength of Google Drive, allowing multiple users to view, comment on, and suggests edits to documents. Until now, it's only been possible to share a Doc, Sheet, or Slide with someone who has a Google account. A new Drive beta feature is going to change that.

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Google Classroom is coming to all G Suite customers as a teaching tool for employers

If you couldn't guess, Google Classroom was designed to be used in classrooms: teachers can use it to create and assign classwork and communicate with students. Now, the platform is coming to G Suite to afford employers the same capabilities.

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New Google Contacts web app is here to stay, becoming only option in 2019

The redesigned Google Contacts web app has been in development since 2015, and it was recently updated to match Gmail's new look (thanks Edric and Wyatt). You've always been able to use the older version if you wanted, but that option is going away soon — Google has said the new Contacts web app will entirely replace the old version by February 2019.

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Google Voice text forwarding accidentally disabled, users notified

After a redesign in August, the future was looking brighter for Google Voice. The service had already stepped into a larger role by joining G Suite for business. Adding enterprise support meant more people relying on it, and for the most part it has gone well. On October 1st, however, Google emailed users regarding an error the company made with text message (SMS/MMS) forwarding.

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