Bringing the power of Google Search to G Suite customers
People around the world rely on the power of Google Search to access the world’s information. Google continue to invest in new cloud-based technologies like machine learning to power web search engine, They would like to help businesses harness the same technology to search for internal information.
In February, Google announced Google Cloud Search (formerly known as Springboard), a new product that uses machine intelligence to provide a unified search experience across G Suite.
Sorting through internal information has become increasingly complex as more and more companies move their data and workloads to the cloud. As a result, teams are working on hybrid environments and storing immense amounts of data all over and in various formats.
From emails and docs to spreadsheets, slides, forms, internal sites, and much more. In fact, according to McKinsey, the average knowledge worker spends 20% of the workweek searching for and consolidating information. Simply put, employees are wasting a lot of time in the process of finding the information they need to do their job. Read more about Cloud Search here
Searching for Google Drive files now easier on your Android phone
It’s now even easier to find your Google Drive files wherever and whenever you need them. With this launch, Drive files and folders are now indexed via Firebase App Indexing and appear as results when you search for them in the Google app on your Android phone. Simply type your query and tap the “IN APPS” tab to view any Drive files relevant to your search. Select those files to open them in the appropriate app.
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Link to cell ranges in Google Sheets
Because it can be difficult to navigate large and complex spreadsheets, Google introduced the ability to link to specific cell ranges in Google Sheets on the web.
With this new functionality, you can create a “table of contents” for your spreadsheet, direct others to specific content within your spreadsheet, and retain links to cells when you import spreadsheets from other applications.
To link to cells in your spreadsheet, simply go to “Insert link” > “Select a range of cells to link” and type or highlight the desired range.
Support for rotated text, accounting number formats, and more in Google Sheets
Google is working hard to ensure that Google Sheets meets your business needs. As part of that effort, Google introduced several enterprise-friendly features that you’ve been asking for in Sheets on the web, Android, and iOS:
You can now rotate the text in a cell in Sheets (Format > Text rotation). This is especially useful when you need to fit long header names into thin columns, or when you simply want to fit more text on a single screen.
Accounting number formats
Google made it easier to read your budgets, expense reports, and other spreadsheets containing monetary amounts by aligning the currency symbols within them (Format > Number > Accounting). Google also made improvements to the way numbers, decimal points, and repeated characters line up to make them simpler to scan and analyze.
Improved phone prompts for 2-Step Verification
In June 2016, Google introduced phone prompts for 2-Step Verification, giving users another option to keep their accounts safe. With this launch, users who have opted into receiving phone prompts for 2-SV will notice improvements to the notifications they get when trying to sign in. For instance, when available, they’ll see additional details about the sign-in request, like when and where it was made. These improved prompts will appear on both Android and iOS devices.
Preview password-protected files in Google Drive
In the real life, you work with a variety of file formats in Google Drive. That’s why, with this launch, Google made it possible to preview password-protected Microsoft Office documents, presentations, and spreadsheets in Drive.
Now when you attempt to open one of these file types in Drive on the web, you’ll be prompted to enter the password and, upon doing so successfully, you’ll see a read-only preview of that document.
Note that this feature also works when you open password-protected Office files sent as attachments in Gmail.
Google Keep now a G Suite core service with Admin console controls and access in Docs
Google Keep helps employees capture their thoughts, ideas, action items, and more in one easy-to-access place. With this launch, Google Keep is now a G Suite core service when used within a domain, and it has been added to existing G Suite agreements for most customers. In addition, Keep is now accessible in Google Docs, so employees can easily revisit and repurpose their notes.
G Suite core service
Keep now has the same technical support and service level commitments as any other core service, like Gmail or Google Drive. Going forward, domains using Keep will receive the following benefits:
- Keep content will be handled as specified in your G Suite agreement.
- Keep will be compliant with the terms, conditions, and service levels defined in the G Suite Technical Support Services Guidelines and the G Suite Service Level Agreement.
- Keep will be added as a monitored service to the G Suite Status Dashboard.