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Showing posts from May, 2021

Save photos from Gmail messages directly to Google Photos with a new “Save to Photos” button

  Now when you get a photo attachment in a Gmail message, you can save it directly to Google Photos with a new "Save to Photos" button. You’ll see it next to the existing “Add to Drive” button on the attachment and while previewing the image attachment. Currently, this is only available for JPEG images. This new feature frees you from having to download photo attachments from Gmail messages in order to then manually back them up to Google Photos. There is no admin control for this feature.This feature will be ON by default. For an eligible photo, you can choose the "Save to Photos" button which is alongside a similar option to "Add to Drive." Rapid Release and Scheduled Release domains: Gradual rollout (up to 15 days for feature visibility) starting on May 26, 2021 Available to all Google Workspace customers, as well as G Suite Basic and Business customers. Also available to users with personal Google Accounts. Google Workspace updates blog

Google Cloud for financial services: driving your transformation cloud journey

When I reflect back on the past year and the pandemic, I’m struck by how the reliance on remote work and operations has changed the fundamentals of business forever. For the financial services industry, this rings particularly true. Many conversations I’m having right now with organizations revolve around embracing a transformation cloud, and thinking of cloud computing not just as an infrastructure decision, but also as the locus for transformation throughout the company.  Today, as we welcome the industry to our Financial Services Summit, we’ll demonstrate just how Google Cloud accelerates a financial organization’s digital transformation through app and infrastructure modernization, data democratization, people connections, and trusted transactions. We hope you’ll join us. How we’re helping financial services firms build their transformation clouds At Google Cloud, we continue to focus on areas where we can bring the best of our capabilities to banking, capital markets, insurance, a

Google Docs has won the office suite war among one generation

A recent Twitter trend indicated the office suite wars were over and Google Docs the clear winner. Find out how Jack Wallen came to this conclusion. I spend a lot of time on Twitter. According to some, I spend too much of my precious existence on that social networking platform. However, during last week's travels among the Twitterverse, I noticed something interesting had trended. Said trend was Google Docs. At first, I assumed the service was down, but given it was working fine in my part of the world, and after a quick Google search for "Google Docs down," I quickly realized it was trending for a different reason. So I pulled back the curtain and peered in. What I found didn't surprise me one bit. It turns out the younger generation—those who are currently in school at nearly any level or age—defaults to Google Docs for work. I saw Tweets that ranged from "When my teacher asks me to turn in a .docx file, I assume she means export from Google Docs," to &qu

No-code vs Low-code - Appsheet series

  No-code vs low-code A common mistake is the grouping of no-code and low-code platforms as one in the same when in fact they are quite different. These differences vary greatly from audience type - no-code empowers citizen developers while low-code still requires technical capabilities- to how an application can be shared.  Data vs code No-code platforms use a data-driven approach to build applications. Simply connect your data source and you have the foundational component to build an application. There are of course helpful tricks that will help set you up for better success as an app creator when it comes to your data. Data design is an important one - the better your data design at the outset, the better you can reach your design goals for your application.  AppSheet takes data-driven app building one step further by baking in AI and ML capabilities that analyze your data and provide smart suggestions based on your data inputs. Have a date column in your spreadsheet? A calendar su

Present from Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides directly to Google Meet

  Google is giving the flexibility of sharing Docs, Sheets, Slides directly to an ongoing meet call. This allows you to see both your audience and the content back in the meet tab. This will only take a few clicks. As Google is always concerned in catering to your requirements especially with regard to collaboration, this can be highlighted as an excellent feature which results in bringing your teams together. Not limited to that, this feature saves your time toggling between applications. Also while sharing opinions, your colleagues can bring up the content in the doc into the conversation then & there. This will make the meeting more focused and it will become more effective. Available to all customers including personal Google accounts.

Transforming collaboration in Google Workspace

  After more than a year of remote collaboration, many people are showing signs of digital fatigue. Throughout the pandemic, millions of employees bridged the physical distances with their colleagues by making themselves more available, joining a deluge of virtual meetings, and leaning into a dizzying array of tools and applications. As part of our mission to build the future of work, we’re addressing these challenges in Google Workspace. As we announced today at I/O, we’re launching smart canvas—a new product experience that delivers the next evolution of collaboration for Google Workspace. Between now and the end of the year, we’re rolling out innovations that make it easier for people to stay connected, focus their time and attention, and transform their ideas into impact. Specifically, we're enhancing the apps that hundreds of millions of people use every day—like Docs, Sheets, and Slides—to make them even more flexible, interactive, and intelligent. With smart canvas, we’re br

New options to control chat history in unthreaded Google Chat rooms

  An admin control feature which enables you to set unthreaded room history behaviour separately from 1:1 and group conversation. Which means the default history state can be turned on or off by administrators. They can also discourage users from modifying the unthreaded rooms' default history setting. Also note that this setting has no effect on threaded rooms. The history of the threaded room is still on. These additional features give you greater power and flexibility when it comes to setting chat history options for non-threaded rooms. This feature is enabled only for the organizations who use chat, the organizations who use  classic hangouts will not get impacted. The feature will be on by default for admins.

Check when your Google Meet meeting codes expire to ensure smooth future meeting experiences

  Google Meet meetings can be scheduled across Google Workspace products, such as Calendar, Gmail, Google Chat, and more. This means your unique meeting code and its expiration are based on the product that your meeting is created from. Most meeting codes will expire 365 days after the last use, but there are instances where the meeting code will expire instantly once the meeting ends. See below for a complete breakdown of meeting code expirations according to the product they were generated by. These meeting code expirations will take effect beginning May 19, 2021. We strongly recommend you use the table below to ensure your meeting codes are valid, especially for meetings you plan far in advance. Where the meeting is Generated How long the meeting code is valid Google Calendar Meeting codes expire when the following two conditions are met: 1) The meeting code has not been used for 365 days, and 2) The meeting code isn’t associated with any future calendar events. Note: If a code is

13 best practices for user account, authentication, and password management, 2021 edition

  Updated for 2021 : This post includes updated best practices including the latest from Google's  Best Practices for Password Management  whitepapers for both  users  and  system designers . Account management, authentication and password management can be tricky. Often, account management is a dark corner that isn't a top priority for developers or product managers. The resulting experience often falls short of what some of your users would expect for data security and user experience. Fortunately,  Google Cloud  brings several tools to help you make good decisions around the creation, secure handling and authentication of user accounts (in this context, anyone who identifies themselves to your system—customers or internal users). Whether you're responsible for a website hosted in  Google Kubernetes Engine , an API on  Apigee , an app using  Firebase , or other service with authenticated users, this post lays out the best practices to follow to ensure you have a safe, sca