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Google Visible Changes Summary for 2020

Natalie Sorrells

Natalie Sorrells

June 24, 2020

Here is a running summary of the visible changes to G Suite in 2020. We will continue to update this list every month so check back often. Contact us with any questions about the new features or how to enable them for your users.

May/ June Already Launched New Features:

External Chat in Google Chat

5/18/2020 Gradual Rollout*
Link to Google’s announcement

Group-based controls for LDAP client access permissions

  • You can now configure LDAP access permissions by group
  • Previously only configurable at the OU level

6/8/2020 Gradual Rollout*
Link to Google’s announcement

Chat Transition from Hangouts Classic Chat

  • You can now migrate all users to the new Google Chat using the “Chat Preferred” setting in the admin console
  • For more information on migrating users using this tool, click here
  • Google Chat will become the default chat tool for your organization

6/2/2020 Gradual Rollout*
Link to Google’s announcement

Google Voice Available in Gmail

  • Google Voice is now available in Chrome in Firefox for Gmail
  • You can now transfer calls using the Google voice web and mobile apps

6/3/2020 Gradual Rollout*
Link to Google’s announcement

New Google Groups Launched

  • New Google Groups interface
  • Looks more similar to other G Suite apps (particularly Contacts)

6/9/2020 Gradual Rollout*
Link to Google’s announcement

Scheduled Features to Launch:

Strengthening 2-Step Verification by showing phone prompts to more users

  • Starting July 7th, phone verification prompts will become the primary 2SV method for eligible users, unless security keys are used
  • Any user signed into their Google Account on a smartphone will be eligible
  • End-user impacts include following phone prompts to verify login attempts

6/16/20 Gradual Rollout*
Link to Google’s announcement

Currents to replace Google+ in July

  • On July 6th, Currents (Google+ replacement) will become generally available to all G Suite customers
  • The Currents Android and iOS apps will replace the Google+ app, which will no longer be supported
  • Existing Google+ links will still work, but will redirect to Currents

6/22/20 Gradual Rollout*

Pin Code Sharing with non-Google Users

  • Google is making Visitor Sharing widely available
  • Non-google account holders can access files using a secure, pin-code based method
  • June 8: Setting to enable/disable this feature will appear in the admin console
  • If sharing is allowed outside of the organization, this feature is ON by default

Early July


* Rollout Pace:

  • Full rollout (1–3 days for feature visibility)
  • Gradual rollout (up to 15 days for feature visibility)
  • Extended rollout (potentially longer than 15 days for feature visibility)
Natalie Sorrells

Natalie Sorrells

June 24, 2020

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