G Suite: New Name, and New Features!

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Google Apps has recently changed its name to G Suite. Not all apps are using G Suite name just yet, but the change will roll out soon for Gmail, Docs, Drive, Calendar, Hangouts, and more.  Learn more about the change here.

In addition to rolling out G Suite, some new features and updates have already been added to G Suite apps.  Here are a few of the recent updates.

Smart Scheduling with Google Calendar

Available currently for Android and iOS, and soon for the web, Google Calendar now has a “Find a Time” option when scheduling meetings.  

It analyzes the individuals being invited to an event, meetings they may already have in their calendars, and suggests the best time-slot and location based not only on the earliest available time-slot, but also its intelligent predictions taking into account timeslots that may be able to be freed up for parties that have busy schedules.  Find out more here.

View Deleted Files in Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides on Android

If you’re using the Android version of Docs, Sheets, or Slides, you can now view and restore deleted files.  Navigate to the menu and tap on Trash, and you’ll be able to restore–or delete permanently–files there.  Learn more here.

Explore All The Things!

Or at least, Explore Google Sheets, Slides, and Docs with Google’s new Explore feature.

Google has several updates for you that allow you to tap into Google’s consolidated knowledge when working on a spreadsheet, a slide presentation, or a document.

If you open up a Google Sheet, you’ll see on the lower righthand corner a new icon.  If you click on it, you’ll open up the new Explore feature. You’ll be able to take a tutorial, and even copy a demo spreadsheet to play around in, with data about the FIFA World Cup.  Ask it the question, “How many World Cups has England Won?” using plain English (not a formula!) it will tell you “1”, and show you what formula it used to derive that answer.  Pretty neat!  You’ll be able to make all sorts of plain-English queries on your data.

The Explore pane in Slides is accessed in the lower right as well, but a little to the left.  When you click on it, you’ll be able to select various layouts for your presentation’s look, and then use the Explore pane to search the web, images, and your drive right from the Slides page.  You can drag and drop content right into your presentation.

Explore in Docs works similarly to Slides.  Click on the Explore icon in the lower right of the screen, and you’ll be able to search the web, images, and your drive right from there.

Learn more about Explore for Google Sheets, Slides, and Docs here.

G Suite on Android: New Quick Access Feature on Google Drive

For Android users of G Suite, Google has launched their “Quick Access” feature.  This feature takes advantage of their prediction algorithms to provide you with easy access to documents you may need before you actually search.  It does this by analyzing regular events such as meetings on your calendar, as well as analysis of your typical Google Drive search patterns and your interactions with co-workers.

Read more here.

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