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Replace your background with a video in Google Meet on iOS

  In addition to replacing your Google Meet background with a static image on web and mobile, 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. This feature is already available on Google Meet on web.  Custom backgrounds can help you show more of your personality, as well to 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.  Admins: Visit the Help Center to learn more about how to control background replacement in Google Meet with the Admin setting. Note: the “Let users select custom images” option is disabled by default for Google Workspace for Education customers.  End users: No action required.  This feature is available now for all users.  Available to all Google Workspace customers, as well as G Suite Basic and Business customers  Available to user

New intelligent suggestions for formulas and functions in Google Sheets

  You’ll now see in-line, sequential, context-aware suggestions for formulas and functions when working with data in Google Sheets.  Formula suggestions will make it easier to write new formulas accurately and help make data analysis quicker and easier. Simply begin inserting a formula in Sheets—suggestions will be automatically displayed and as you continue to type. You can view additional incremental suggestions in the drop-down menu. We hope these formula suggestions make it easier and faster for you to work with and analyze your data. Admins: There is no admin control for this feature. End users: This feature will be available  by default and can be disabled by going to Tools > Enable formula suggestions or from the three-dot menu of the suggestion dialog box. Rapid Release and Scheduled Release domains: Gradual roll-out (up to 15 days for feature visibility) starting on August 25, 2021 Available to all Google Workspace customers, as well as G Suite Basic and Business customers

All you need to know about Cloud Storage

Cloud Storage is a global, secure, and scalable object store for immutable data such as images, text, videos, and other file formats. You can add data to it or retrieve data from it as often as your application needs. The objects stored have an ID, metadata, attributes, and the actual data. The metadata can include all sorts of things,  including the security classification of the file, the applications that can access it, and similar information. The ID, metadata, and attributes make object storage an appealing storage choice for a large variety of applications ranging from web serving to data analytics.    Storage classes You store objects in buckets that are associated with a project, which are, in turn, grouped under an organization. There are four storage classes that are based on budget, availability, and access frequency.  Standard buckets for high-performance, frequent access, and highest availability - Regional or dual-regional locations for data accessed frequently or high-th

High durability options for Compute Engine workloads

  Durability - how well your data is protected from loss or corruption - is a critical feature of any data storage service. We often receive questions about how to design workloads for durability and what specific durability assumptions a workload can make about Persistent Disk, Google Cloud’s reliable, high-performance block storage for Compute Engine virtual machine instances. To help, we recently published details about how we design Persistent Disk for extraordinary durability.   When we say “designed for”, disk durability represents the probability of data loss, by design, for a typical disk in a typical year using a set of assumptions about:  Hardware failures The likelihood of catastrophic events Isolation practices and engineering processes in Google data centers The internal encodings used by each disk type Specifically, here are all the Persistent Disk types we offer: To understand what these numbers mean, 99.999% durability means that with 1,000 disks, you would likely go a

Dark mode for Google Chat on web

  You can now enable dark mode for Google Chat on the web (chat.google.com) and the Google Chat Progressive Web App (PWA). Dark mode creates a better viewing experience in low-light conditions by reducing brightness and potentially reducing eye strain. Admins: There is no admin setting for this feature. End users: Within the chat.google.com or the Google Chat PWA, go to Settings > Theme settings and select “Dark mode”.   Rapid and Scheduled Release domains: Gradual rollout (up to 15 days for feature visibility) starting on August 20, 2021 Available to all Google Workspace customers, as well as G Suite Basic and Business customers Google Workspace Updates

Share where you’re working from in Google Calendar

  A new feature where you can update others about the location you are working from, one of the coolest features and this is planned to roll out by the end of August. This is a very important tool which goes in par with the current situation. You can update your weekly schedule by indicating your location. Also if there are any changes, you can simply specify that as well.  This is very easy for your colleagues and also for your clients, as they can adjust meetings accordingly. Anyone with free/busy access to your calendar can view your working locations. This can be turned off at any time in your calendar settings. For admins this feature will be ON by default and can be disabled at the domain or OU level. If you would like to disable this feature setting and stop the onboarding promo from being shown automatically for your users, make sure to disable the setting in the Admin console before August 30, 2021 For end users, unless disabled by your admin, this feature will be OFF by defau

Saving the day: How Cloud SQL makes data protection easy

  If you’re managing a crucial application that has to be fully fault-tolerant, you need your system to be able to handle every fault, no matter the type and scope of failure, with minimal downtime and data loss. Protecting against these faults means juggling numerous variables that can impact performance as well as recovery time and cost. Today’s managed database services take over the operational complexity that used to exist for database administrators. Growing your organization’s tolerance required adding machines, compute, and storage, plus the operational costs of IT management: performing backups, writing scripts, creating dashboards, and carrying out testing to make sure your platform is ready when problems arise--all in a secure way. At Google, our Cloud SQL managed database service offers three fault tolerance mechanisms —backup, high availability, and replication—and there are three major factors to consider for each of them: RTO (recovery time objective): When a failure hap

Add up to 25 co-hosts per meeting and expanded safety features for Google Meet

  Google is now expanding meeting moderation controls in Google Meet with several highly requested features. You’ll now be able to:  Assign up to 25 co-hosts per meeting, allowing them to access and utilize the host controls.  Use safety features to limit who can share their screen, send chat messages, mute all users and end meetings  Use the “Quick access” setting to easily control who needs to request permission to join a meeting. Previously, these safety features were only available to Google Workspace for Education customers. These controls will now be available for all Google Meet users on the desktop and mobile. See below for more information and availability. We hope these expanded controls make it easier for you to keep meetings productive, safe, and help prevent potential disruptions. Additionally, delegated co-hosts can handle responsibilities such as—muting participants, launching polls, managing Q&As—giving you more time to focus on leading discussions and guiding atten

Easily switch between lists in Google Tasks on mobile

  The existing Tasks mobile user interface has been modified to display several lists in a tabbed UI at the same time. This new feature lets users organize their chores into numerous lists and manage them more effectively on their mobile devices. There is no any control tool for the admins & the end users can switch between task lists by selecting the title of the list or by swiping left. This is Available to all Google Workspace customers, as well as G Suite Basic and Business customers.

Directly open Office editing from shared links

  Now, when you create links to shared Microsoft Office files stored in Drive, they will open directly in Google Docs, Sheets or Slides. Previously, Office files would open in a preview mode first — this streamlined experience allows you to begin editing and collaborating on these files faster.  This change also updates the alternateLink and webViewLink fields for shared links in the Google Drive API.  Admins: There is no admin control for this feature.  End users: This change will take place by default when opening compatible Office files from shared links on the web. Rapid and Scheduled Release domains: Gradual rollout (up to 21 days for feature visibility) starting on July 30, 2021  Available to all Google Workspace customers, as well as G Suite Basic and Business customers  Google Workspace Updates

Google named a Leader in 2021 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Cloud Infrastructure and Platform Services again

For the fourth consecutive year, Gartner has positioned Google as a Leader in the 2021 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Cloud Infrastructure and Platform Services (formerly titled as Magic Quadrant for Cloud Infrastructure as a Service, or IaaS). With our customers and communities adjusting to new ways of working and doing business, Google Cloud has remained focused on building services and platforms that help you be more resilient and derive even more value from your cloud infrastructure. We believe Gartner’s analysis and recognition gives our customers the confidence needed to choose Google as the platform for customer-centric innovation. Here are just a few recent examples. Ready for the most demanding, mission-critical workloads Our enterprise-ready cloud provides you the uptime, performance, and scale to run even your most demanding workloads. Examples of recent launches:  The largest single-node GPU-enabled VM in the industry with up to 16 NVIDIA A100 instances so that our customers ca

Your progress is automatically saved as you respond to forms and quizzes

  When you answer a Google Form, quiz, or quiz assessment in classroom whilst logged into your Google account, your progression is recorded as a draft for 30 days from the last update, or until the submission is complete. Few reasons why this feature is important, Inability of completing a form at once Not having stable internet connection Having to switch between several devices Above feature can be disabled by the owners of and the editors in special occasion like, When embedded in websites When used for repeated data entry On certain shared devices, such as registration or information kiosks As the feature is on by default and you can disable by opening your -  settings -> presentation -> restrictions and select “Disable autosave for all respondents” Form respondents can check their response by clicking on the form link in the same account. Feature is available to all Google Workspace customers, G Suite Basic and Business customers & users with personal Google accounts.

Search within a folder in Google Drive on iOS

  You can now search for content inside a specific folder in Google Drive on iOS. Simply navigate to the folder you want to search within and select the search bar — you’ll see a list of suggested folders, documents, and users to refine your search results. Select the folder chip before typing your search query. We’ve heard from our users that they often navigate to specific folders to streamline their search experience. We hope this change makes it easier for you to quickly find your important files.  Admins: There is no admin control for this feature.  End users:  Visit the Help Center to learn more about finding files in Google Drive on iOS.  You’ll need to upgrade your Google Drive iOS app to version 4.2021.28202 or newer.  Rapid Release and Scheduled Release domains: Gradual rollout (up to 15 days for feature visibility) starting on July 29, 2021. Available to all Google Workspace customers, as well as G Suite Basic and Business customers. Google Workspace Updates