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Showing posts from June, 2021

New and improved Google Chat user interface, now for everyone

  Quick launch summary  In March 2021, we  announced  several enhancements to Google Chat on the web (i.e. and the Chat  Progressive Web Application (PWA) . At that time, these changes were only launched for domains with the Gmail service turned  on .  Beginning June 30, 2021 , these changes will roll out to domains with the Gmail service turned  off  as well. The new interface gives users a consistent and predictable Chat experience across Chat in Gmail and Chat standalone surfaces. It also includes new integrations to help productivity —  see the original announcement for more information .  Getting started  Admins:  There is no admin control for this feature.  End users:  These changes will take place automatically at and in  the Chat progressive web app.   Rollout pace  Rapid Release and Scheduled Release domains : Extended rollout (potentially longer than 15 days for feature visibility) starting on June 30, 2021  Availability  Available to Google W

Visual update to the Gmail search box

  This launch comes with two updates. Redesigned powerful search icon - The icon for powerful search options has been redesigned, and the icon positioning has been adjusted.  When the given icon is clicked, a visual interface opens that includes Gmail's sophisticated search operators to assist you in finding certain emails. Update to the prompt text for Gmail and Chat users - When you're using Gmail or Google Chat, the search box's suggestion text will now state "search all conversations." There will be no change if you are using only  Gmail, and the wording will still state "search mail." Available to all Google Workspace customers, as well as G Suite Basic and Business customers.

Visual Inspection AI: a purpose-built solution for faster, more accurate quality control

Whether companies are manufacturing cars, semiconductor chips, smartphones, or food and beverages, production quality and yield are two of the industry’s top performance metrics. Poor production quality control results in significant operational and financial costs in the form of reworked parts, scrap generated, reduced yield, increased work in process inventory, post-sale recalls, warranty claims, and repairs.  In fact, the American Society for Quality estimates that for many organizations this cost of quality is as high as 15-20% of annual sales revenue, or billions of dollars annually for larger manufacturers.  To help manufacturers more accurately and cost-effectively perform production quality inspections, we’re pleased to announce the launch of Google Cloud’s new Visual Inspection AI solution, which has been purpose-built for the industry with our best artificial intelligence (AI) and computer vision technology to solve this problem at production scale.  The problem with existing

Expanding access to quantum today for a better tomorrow

  The next technological revolution is quantum computing. It has nearly limitless potential to enable transformative breakthroughs in human health and longevity, climate change and energy production, artificial intelligence, and more. But quantum computing can’t change the world unless we empower users from all walks of life with quick and easy access to the technology. That’s why we’re excited to announce that quantum computers from  IonQ , a leader in trapped-ion quantum computing, are now available from  Google Cloud Marketplace . Developers, researchers, and enterprises alike can now access IonQ’s high-fidelity, 11-qubit system via Google Cloud in just a few clicks, with billing and provisioning handled via their existing Google Cloud accounts. Read on for our conversation with IonQ CEO & President, Peter Chapman and Google Cloud Technical Director for HPC and Quantum Computing, Kevin Kissell.  Q: Peter, Kevin, let’s start with the news of the day.  How did this integration com

Democratizing App Development with No-code

Businesses today face significant and varied challenges. From streamlining production and communication in an always-on world to satisfying diverse customers, partners, and employees, companies everywhere are grappling with new challenges and pressures. Companies need to do more with less, stretch existing resources, and immediately respond to changing conditions in a world where bad (or even tepid) reviews can spread rapidly.  In today’s environment of disruption (technical and otherwise), the urgency around digital transformation is palpable, and a failure to embrace digital transformation can quickly lead to a failure to stay in business. In response, many enterprises are turning to the cloud, machine learning, and other new tools like no-code application development to maintain velocity, gain control, and improve resilience and revenue. But digital transformations don’t always happen in a vacuum — that is to say, in the IT department. Success depends on empowering every employee wi

Improvements to Hand Raise in Google Meet, including automatic hand lowering, better notifications, and more

Google is improving the hand raise feature in Meet so that it is easier to notice and address raised hands. Specifically, you may notice: An updated and improved visual icon and animation on the video tile The tiles of people with raised hands may be moved to be more visible in the video grid An audio notification for all participants when the first raised hand is raised A clickable notification which shows the number of raised hands and which links to an ordered queue of all participants with raised hands That a participant’s hand will be automatically lowered after they speak Admins: This feature will be on by default. There is no admin control for this feature. End users: This feature will be on by default. There is no end user setting for this feature. Rapid Release domains: Gradual rollout (potentially longer than 15 days for feature visibility) starting on June 16, 2021. Scheduled Release domains: Gradual rollout (potentially longer than 15 days for feature visibility) starting o

Now you can replace your background with a video in Google Meet

  What’s changing In addition to replacing your Google Meet background with a static image, you can now replace your background with a video. At the moment, you can select from three Google made videos: a classroom, a party, and a forest — more options will be available soon. Use a video background to make calls more fun. Use a video background to make calls more fun. Who’s impacted End users Why you’d use it Custom backgrounds can help you show more of your personality, as well help hide your surroundings to maintain privacy. With the option of replacing your background with video, we hope this makes your video calls more fun. Additional details Initially available on the web only, coming to mobile soon Background Video will initially only be available when using Google Meet on the web. We’ll make it available on mobile in the coming months — we’ll post an update on the Workspace Updates Blog when it becomes available. Requires Chrome M87+ Starting on June 30, 2021, the replace backgr

Option to replace your background in Google Meet is now available on Android

  An eagerly awaited feature has been announced by Google. You can now change your background by using given images in your Google Meet on the Android device. Also if you wish you can blur your background as well. Given images will help you to face any meeting without worrying about your surroundings. It could be an interview or an important meeting, there are several backdrops for you to choose from. This allows you to face the camera with courage, especially during this pandemic, since most of the meetings, interviews are happening online. Given update is not limited to professional backgrounds. There are plenty of other backdrops where you can use for friendly catch-ups, online classes, etc. For admins - This feature is controllable with an admin setting. For end users - This feature is OFF by default.  Availability Available to all Google Workspace customers, as well as G Suite Basic and Business customers 

Security Command Center now supports CIS 1.1 benchmarks and granular access control

  Security Command Center (SCC) is our native Google Cloud product that helps manage and improve your cloud security and risk posture. As a native offering, SCC is constantly evolving and adding new capabilities that deliver more insight to security practitioners. We’ve just released new capabilities in Security Command Center Premium that enable organizations to improve their security posture and efficiently manage risk for their Google Cloud environment. SCC now supports CIS benchmarks for Google Cloud Platform Foundation v1.1, enabling you to monitor and address compliance violations against industry best practices in your Google Cloud environment. Additionally, SCC now supports fine-grained access control for administrators that allows you to easily adhere to the principles of least privilege - restricting access based on roles and responsibilities to reduce risk and enabling broader team engagement to address security. Security Command Center with its native security and risk mana

8 No-Code Apps to Reduce Workplace Risk During COVID-19

Up until a few months ago, it was normal for workers to gather in conference rooms, around the water cooler, or on a job site, or to have impromptu chats in the hallways of an office building. This kind of real-time in-person connection helped make workplace communication and collaboration fluid and happenstance in a positive way.  Fast forward to today and the working world is pretty unrecognizable from that time. Nearly every aspect of the workforce has been transformed — in many cases, overnight. Conference rooms have been replaced with video conferencing software, businesses that relied on paper for record keeping have had to quickly transition to storing and sharing their documents online, and office chit chat now takes place over group texts. Long story short: businesses are relying on cloud services more than ever to adapt to the ever-changing landscape caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. Cloud computing software has not only enabled work to continue, it’s also helped front-line wo

Google has introduced new ways to discover and navigate comments in Google Sheets

  Now in Google Sheets, you can: Review comments and conversation threads in a sidebar. Apply filters to find the most relevant comments for getting your work done when a document is highly collaborative. Page through comment threads in a document in the comment overlay. Use the new comments sidebar to see all the conversations happening in a spreadsheet. Quickly reply, resolve, or create new conversations in collaboration with your colleagues. In highly collaborative spreadsheets, apply filters in the sidebar to find the most relevant feedback (for example, comment threads that need your response). Take action directly in the sidebar when tasks are complete, or conversations have been resolved. Use the new navigator to progress through comments in the spreadsheet. Collaborating with teammates is more important than ever, and comments are a powerful way to discuss and collaborate wherever you and your colleagues are, and whenever you’re working. By making it easier to review, respond t