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G Suite Updates - 2018


Starting June 14, Google is rolling out this new log-in screen for BC Google accounts. (See Figure 1)

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Figure 1

Google recently announced a number of updates to the BC “G Suite” (formerly BC Google Apps). In addition to some design updates, Google is adding functionality to enhance communication and collaboration. Here is a summary of upcoming changes to your BC Google account:

June 14 (Gradual roll-out begins)

Google Sign-In icon
New Sign-in Screen rolling out starting June 14.
  • Includes tweaks to the Google logo, an outline around the text field, and center alignment of all items on the screen. See Figure 1 above.

June 27

Gmail Icon
New Gmail user interface available for opt-in/out.
Hangouts Icon
An Enhanced Version of Google Hangouts (formerly Chat)
Chat Icon
Hangouts Chat introduced:
  • Includes chat rooms you can join/leave/return to, and hold multiple threaded conversations.
  • Access from web browser or via apps for iPhone, iPad, and Android.
  • Learn how to use Chat.

July 31

New Contacts user interface.
  • Contacts interface design updated to be inline with new Gmail.

September 18

Gmail Icon
New Gmail user interface becomes default

Available Now:

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Conference calls made easy via Google Calendar
  • Dial-in numbers added to any new meetings created with conferencing enabled.
  • When creating a new meeting in Google Calendar > Choose “Add conferencing” and the calendar entry and invite will display a link for Hangouts Meet and also a phone number. Up to 25 participants are allowed.