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Extending Hangouts Meet premium features to all G Suite customers through July 1, 2020

What’s changing Last month, we made our advanced Google Meet video-conferencing capabilities available at no cost to all G Suite Basic, Business, Education, and Nonprofit customers. We’re extending that availability to September 30, 2020, to ensure businesses, organizations, and educators continue their work during this crisis. See our previous post for more details on these features. In addition, we’re dropping “Hangouts” from the Google Meet name. You’ll start to see this change reflected in the product and across resources over the next few weeks. Who’s impacted Admins and end users Why it’s important......

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Our team has been so inspired by the remarkable work of educators and school leaders around the world, who continue to adapt as schools shift to remote learning. Today, 120 million students and educators are using G Suite for Education worldwide to create, collaborate and communicate despite school closures. With this increase in usage, one consistent theme we’ve heard is that educators are looking for ways to continue teaching and collaborating in a virtual environment that is safe and secure. We’re sharing some ways we’re making Google Meet, a core service of G......

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For the foreseeable future, most teachers will be teaching in front of a screen instead of a classroom. For educators who are new to distance learning, it can be challenging to know where to start. So we asked our Certified Innovators, a passionate community of Google for Education experts transforming education across the world, to share their best practices and strategies.  Continue live teaching online Marcello Baroni, high school, teacher of graphic design, Scuola d’Arte A. Fantoni Bergamo Italy With schools closed, our whole school has been conducting distance lessons with Google Meet. That’s......

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The massive shift towards distance learning presents many challenges for students, educators and guardians alike. But supporting students who have disabilities or require a hands-on approach in the classroom is an even greater challenge. Educators around the world are putting in long days to find creative ways to support all students in this new setting, especially students with disabilities. Here are some tips on using accessibility features to support all learners. To help students stay organized and get work done Distance learning has made it tougher for all students to pay attention and......

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Around the world, 1.5 billion students are now adjusting to learning from home. For students with disabilities, this adjustment is even more difficult without hands-on classroom instruction and support from teachers and learning specialists. For educators and families using Chromebooks, there are a variety of built-in accessibility features to customize students’ learning experience and make them even more helpful. We’ve put together a list of some of these tools to explore as you navigate at-home learning for students with disabilities. Supporting students who are low vision To help students see screens more easily,......

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Extending Hangouts Meet premium features to all G Suite customers through July 1, 2020

What’s changing Recently, the Google Security blog outlined how the usage of Transport Layer Security (TLS) has grown to more than 96% of all traffic seen by a Chrome browser on Chrome OS. The blog post also highlighted a significant goal: to enable TLS by default for our Google products and services, and to ensure that TLS works out of the box. Gmail already supports TLS, so that if the Simple Mail Transfer Protocol (SMTP) mail connection can be secured through TLS, it will be. However, in order to encourage more organizations to......

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Extending Hangouts Meet premium features to all G Suite customers through July 1, 2020

Last December, we announced that we’d be turning off less secure app (LSA) access to G Suite accounts, and that you should migrate to OAuth authentication instead. The first phase of the LSA turn-down was scheduled for June 15, 2020. As many organizations deal with the impact of COVID-19 and are now focused on supporting a remote workforce, we want to minimize potential disruptions for customers unable to complete migrations in this timeframe. As a result, we are suspending the LSA turn-off until further notice. All previously announced timeframes no longer apply.  This......

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Extending Hangouts Meet premium features to all G Suite customers through July 1, 2020

What’s changing  Last year, we announced a beta for shortcuts in Google Drive. This feature is now generally available and has started rolling out to all G Suite customers and users with personal Google Accounts.  Shortcuts in Drive make it easier to organize content and point users to relevant information and files across various drives. Who’s impacted  Admins, end users, and developers Why you’d use it  Shortcuts are pointers to content that can be stored in another folder or drive, a shared drive, or an individual user’s “My Drive.” For example, Paul, a......

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Extending Hangouts Meet premium features to all G Suite customers through July 1, 2020

What’s changing  We recently extended Hangouts Meet premium features to all G Suite customers through July 1, 2020 to support employees, educators, and students as they move to work and learn remotely. To improve the remote learning experience for teachers and students using Hangouts Meet, we’re making several improvements: Only meeting creators and calendar owners can mute or remove other participants in a meeting Meeting participants will not be able to re-join nicknamed meetings once the final participant has left Who’s impacted  Admins and end users Why it’s important  We hope these added......

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Why do some websites climb up the rank ladder in absolutely no time while the others face struggles for a long span? Not having top-notch backlinks is a big setback for any website. It does not get the required recognition in a quick way. Selecting random websites for constructing backlinks is not a good alternative as well. if you get connected to a fraudulent website, your rank would drop instead of rising.  Even if you are using a free backlink maker, ensure that the standard of the tool is up to the mark.......

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In my job at Google, I advise people on how to use their time as efficiently as possible. When working from home, my productivity strategies are even more important because I don’t have the ordinary structure of a day at the office, like commuting to work, walking to meetings, or running into coworkers. When your house becomes your office, you need to learn a whole new routine.  Getting work done when your teammates aren’t physically with you has been the norm at Google for a while (in fact 39 percent of meetings at......

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If your school is operating virtually as a result of COVID-19, you may be wondering how to continue teaching students who don’t have access to the internet at home, or who only have low-bandwidth access. Fortunately, there are many ways to keep Chromebooks and G Suite up and running even when online access is slow or unavailable. We’ve pulled together ideas for educators and school IT teams who want to encourage all students to keep learning, regardless of their online access.  For edtech and IT teams: The basics of enabling offline access Using......

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Extending Hangouts Meet premium features to all G Suite customers through July 1, 2020

Quick launch summary We’ve updated the interface you use to manage your primary domain, secondary domains, and domain aliases. When you go to Admin console > Domains > Manage domains, you may notice: An updated interface with more complete information and descriptions of items and domain state.  New grouped action buttons which make it easier to see and select the action you want to take, such verifying domains, changing your primary domain, setting up MX records, and more.  A new side panel which shows information about domains registered through Google, enabling you to......

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With many businesses considering how best to keep teams connected when not everyone can be in the same location, we’ve been asked by a number of our customers for recommendations for staying productive and on task. Here are some best practices for fostering collaboration when your teams find themselves working remotely. Set up your team for remote work Make sure your team has the right tools and processes set up before you transition from working at the office to working from home. Once they’re set up, here are a few extra steps you......

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Extending Hangouts Meet premium features to all G Suite customers through July 1, 2020

Quick launch summary  We’ve added two additional parameters to filter and sort cells by in Google Sheets: Text color  Fill (background) color  Along with sorting by values and conditions, these filters make it easier and faster to find and surface relevant data in Sheets. This feature will be available on mobile and web. Getting started  Admins: No admin action required for this feature. End users: This feature will be available by default. To use this feature, select Filter > Filter by Color and then select “Fill color” or “Text color”. Matching cells will......

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Extending Hangouts Meet premium features to all G Suite customers through July 1, 2020

What’s changing We’re making some updates to how you manage less secure app (LSA) settings and account recovery (AR) settings in the Admin console. This is part of a wider migration of our Admin console pages to a simplified and more streamlined experience, and will affect the sections at Admin console > Security > Settings > Less Secure Apps and Admin console > Security > Settings > Account Recovery. In those sections you may notice: An updated interface, which reorganizes the settings to make them easier to find and change. A new system......

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Extending Hangouts Meet premium features to all G Suite customers through July 1, 2020

What’s changing  We’re improving the way data is suggested and how data is selected when creating a chart in Google Sheets. It’s now easier to locate and select the data you need when creating a dashboard over a dataset with slicers, pivot tables, charts, and more. Who’s impacted  End users Why you’d use it  When creating reports in Sheets, it’s common to create multiple charts from the same data table, but using different column ranges. Previously, all data ranges on a table would be used when creating a chart. Now, you’ll be able......

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Extending Hangouts Meet premium features to all G Suite customers through July 1, 2020

Quick launch summary It’s now possible to use multiple signatures in Gmail. Multiple signatures give you the flexibility to use different signatures for different situations such as: Communicating across teams, organizations, or products Communicating across languages Using different default signatures for new emails and replies, and more. Getting started End users: This feature will be available by default. To create multiple signatures, in Gmail go to Settings (gear icon) > Settings > General. Then, scroll down to “Signature” and select “Create New” to enter multiple signatures. To use the additional signatures, open the......

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As educators and IT administrators prepare for potential school closures due to COVID-19, we’re offering free access to advanced Hangouts Meet features, as well as resources and tips for teaching classes remotely. School admins can quickly and securely prepare their school’s Chromebooks to go home with students. Educators and IT administrators can also use our new resource hub to find materials, resources and training—and we’ll continue adding to this as additional resources become available.  Sending Chromebooks home for distance learning Chromebooks are remotely managed through the Google Admin console, making it simple for......

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Extending Hangouts Meet premium features to all G Suite customers through July 1, 2020

What’s changing  Later this year, we’ll replace the current Google Groups interface with a new experience. Starting today, you can sign up to try the new experience in beta, giving your organization early access to the new UI and a head start on the migration from classic Groups. Use this form to apply for the beta.  Before applying, please carefully consider the “Additional details” below. Some features that currently exist in Groups will not be available in the beta. If your organization uses those features often, you may want to wait to try......

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