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The Future of Work, Revisited: Employees Want Even More Flexibility in Where They Work

  With the two-year mark of the COVID-19 pandemic approaching, so too is the two-year anniversary of working from home for employees across many different sectors. While the pandemic continues to unfold, companies are fine-tuning their return-to-work plans, with many opting for a hybrid policy where employees work both remotely and in person.  As a company that creates solutions to help enable teams to do their best work from anywhere, Zoom wanted to check back in with workers on how they feel about their work environment. We partnered with Momentive (formerly SurveyMonkey) in 2021 to find out  how workers felt about hybrid work  and did so again this year to see how those opinions have evolved. Here are a few of the key insights from the  2022 report .  Where do they want to be? Absence appears to make the heart grow fonder regarding workers’ feelings about returning to the office.  Thirty-eight percent  of respondents said that working full-time from the office or workplace would be

New to Google Cloud? Start here!

We're pleased to announce a new and simplified outline of how you can  get started  quickly with Google Cloud. The new Get Started page on   outlines a clear path to help you to start using Google Cloud in three easy steps: Sign up for a   free trial Get hands-on with an interactive   quickstart tutorial Walk through docs of   common developer use cases For new users of Google Cloud, it can be overwhelming to learn about all of our products and decide what is right for your needs. We designed this page to focus only on the steps to get set up, and links to essentials like Google Cloud for AWS and Azure users guide. If you need to set up Google Cloud for scalable, production-ready enterprise workloads, you can use our  setup checklist  to help you follow security best practices. Or if you're a developer, trying to figure out what machine learning and AI offerings are available with Google Cloud, try out one of our  quickstarts  in a development environment in

3 new ways to navigate more sustainably with Maps

  Make greener choices when getting from A to B with new eco-friendly routes, updates to biking directions and bike and scooter share information in Google Maps. Vehicles on the road account for over 75% of transportation CO2 emissions and are one of the largest contributors of greenhouse gasses worldwide, according to the International Energy Agency. Today at our Sustainable with Google event, we’re announcing three new Google Maps updates to help lower these emissions and provide people with greener choices when getting from A to B. Eco-friendly routing: now live 🚗 Earlier this year, we announced that Google Maps would be updated with an entirely new routing model that not only gets you to your destination as quickly as possible, but also optimizes for lower fuel consumption — which saves you money on gas. Thanks to AI and insights from the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), eco-friendly routing is rolling out now in the U.S. on Android and iOS,

New smart canvas features in Google Docs

  In 2021, Google launched smart canvas to drive the next era of collaboration in Google Workspace. Google is now announcing new smart canvas features that will create a more flexible, interactive, and intelligent experience, enhancing the content and connections that fuel collaboration across Google Workspace.  You can now:  Add a summary to your document, giving readers a high level overview of its content.  Note: For some Google Workspace editions, you’ll see automatically generated summary suggestions in certain cases. See below for availability.  Create pageless documents in Docs, making it easier to collaborate on documents with wide tables, large images, and more.  You can read more about these features on the Google Cloud Blog.  Summaries in Docs provide a brief overview of the main points in a document, so you can quickly parse the information that matters and prioritize where to focus. You can also edit the summaries, or create your own.  Pageless format in Docs gives teams m

Improved search experience in Google Chat on Web

  Google has improved the search experience in Google Chat, making it easier and more intuitive for you to surface and navigate to relevant conversations and spaces.  Some improvements you’ll notice are:  People suggestions based on your chat activity when you click into the search bar.  Intelligent suggestions for people, spaces and group messages when you begin typing in the search bar. This update will be available only on Google Chat on the web (  Suggestions as you type help reduce time spent on finding the right people and spaces you want to engage with. Additionally, this update brings the search experience inline with Google Chat on mobile and other Google Workspace apps such as Gmail or Google Drive. This feature is currently available  Available to all Google Workspace customers, as well as G Suite Basic and Business customers  Available to users with personal Google Accounts  Google Workspace Updates

Forrester named Google AppSheet a Leader in low-code platforms for business developers!

  We’re excited to share the news that leading global research and advisory firm Forrester Research has named Google AppSheet a Leader in the recently released report The Forrester Wave™: Low-code Platforms for Business Developers, Q4 2021. It’s our treasured community of business developers—those closest to the challenges that line-of-business apps can solve—who deserve credit for not only the millions of apps created with AppSheet, but also the collaborative approach to no-code development that has helped further our mission of empowering everyone to build custom solutions to reclaim their time and talent.  AppSheet received the highest marks possible in the product vision and planned enhancements criteria, with Forrester noting in the report that “AppSheet’s vision for AI-infused-and-supported citizen development is unique and particularly well suited to Google. The tech giant’s deep pockets and ecosystem give AppSheet an advantage in its path to market, market visibility, and produ

How a Flexible Work Environment Can Support Educators — and Help Address Faculty Burnout

Long hours on campus attending faculty meetings, holding office hours, conducting research, and planning lessons — all in addition to time spent in the classroom — have contributed to stress and overwork for educators, making  faculty burnout  a common topic of concern even pre-pandemic.  With the uncertainties of the past two years, faculty have been asked to do even more, including learning new technologies and finding new ways to engage students through a computer screen. They’ve had to adapt their lessons on the fly as colleges and universities have gone from in-person to emergency remote learning, and most recently, to hybrid learning, all in the name of health or student-requested flexibility. Consequently,  disengagement  and  low morale  are on the rise.  There are many factors that contribute to burnout, so it’s important to understand the root causes, listen to faculty members, and determine how to best support them. If work-life balance, time management, and on-campus health

New integrated view for Gmail features email, Google Meet, Google Chat, and Spaces in one place

  What’s changing  We’re introducing a new, integrated view for Gmail, making it easy to move between critical applications like Gmail, Chat, and Meet in one unified location. We’ll introduce this new experience according to this timeline: Beginning February 8, 2022:  Users can opt-in to test the new experience, allowing them to try it out and become more accustomed to it. Users can revert to classic Gmail via settings.  We will share an update on the Google Workspace Updates Blog, along with Help Center content, once rollout begins. By April 2022:   Users who have not opted-in will begin seeing the new experience by default, but can revert to classic Gmail via settings. By the end of Q2 2022:  This will become the standard experience for Gmail, with no option to revert back. Around the same time, users will also begin seeing the new streamlined navigation experience on Chat web (  Important Note: This also means users will not have the option to configure Chat to

5 Handy Security Features Included in the Zoom Desktop Client

From instant messaging on   Zoom Chat   to quickly scheduling   Zoom Meetings   to even making frictionless calls with   Zoom Phone , the   Zoom desktop client   — downloadable Zoom app for your computer — helps users quickly and safely launch the communication channel of their choice. Underpinned by our standard 256-bit AES-GCM encryption, the Zoom client helps enable seamless and secure collaboration — it’s even recently become the first video communications client to obtain the industry-recognized  Common Criteria certification  for the Zoom Meeting client version 5.6.6.  While it’s home to numerous security features, we wanted to highlight a few key aspects of the Zoom desktop client that users can deploy to help protect their communications. Here are five key security features included in the desktop client:  1. Authenticated login  To help authenticate Zoom users in schools and business environments as they log into the client, we offer a  single sign-on (SSO)  feature that creat