Updates to G Suite in 2019: What You May Have Missed

Natalie Willis

Natalie Willis

January 9, 2020

As we ring in the new year, it’s a perfect time to reflect on what major events occurred throughout the last 12 months and their impact on our lives. In G Suite, we saw several top feature requests launch in 2019 to help increase productivity and improve the ways businesses get things done. 

Let’s take a look at some of the major feature releases and enhancements to Google G Suite that made a debut in 2019…


New Contacts became the default version of Google Contacts, and users were switched from classic/old Contacts to the new and improved version on January 15, 2019.


Right-click options are added to Gmail to quickly take action on a message, reply or forward, search from a sender, open in a new window and more.


A new Priority page in Google Drives gives you quick access to suggested files, and Workspaces to customize your own repositories and shortcuts to the files you need.


Google Voice for G Suite launches as an add-on, cloud-based phone system with integrations with Hangouts Chat, Meet, Calendar and Contacts, and compatibility with Polycom desk phones. 

Also launching in April was Scheduled send, which lets you write your email and then set it to send at a specified date and time.


Office editing makes it easy to open and edit Microsoft Office files from Google Drive on the web and take advantage of collaborating in real-time with others, auto-saved changes, version history and more


Gmail confidential mode enables users to send messages that recipients cannot forward, print, copy or download. Additional features include setting an expiration date, revoking access at any time and requiring an SMS passcode for the recipient to verify their identity before viewing the email.


Starting July 8, 2019, Google blocks new installs of unverified third-party apps accessing Gmail data using G Suite APIs and OAuth2 unless an Administrator whitelists the app for their organization.


Security Investigation Tool enhancements make it easier and quicker to identify, triage and take action on security-related issues. Admins gained the ability to view Gmail content as part of an investigation, add a group-by option when customizing a search, save and share investigations, view user login logs in the security dashboard, and more. Note that the Security Center is available to G Suite Enterprise, Enterprise for Education & Cloud Identity Premium.


Gmail and Hangouts Chat will show you that a recipient is out of the office when you try to contact them and they have an out of office set in their Google Calendar.


Fundamental device management provides data to Admins to analyze which devices are accessing G Suite data, OS, first/last sync and more. Admins can also remotely sign a user out from a device or block the device from accessing G Suite data.


App access control improves the way Admins identify which third-party apps are used, understand which have been verified to access restricted OAuth2 scopes, and manage trusted apps and the data they can access.


A long-awaited, top feature request – Attach emails to other emails in Gmail – eliminates the need to download/attach messages to other messages, or forward multiple messages to someone. Now, you can draft your email and drag and drop emails into the compose window.

Don’t forget to subscribe to the G Suite Updates Blog to get alerts when Google launches new features and enhancements to G Suite.  Happy New Year from the Wursta team. We look forward to growing in the cloud together in 2020.

Contact us if you would like to learn more about any of these updates.

Natalie Willis

Natalie Willis

January 9, 2020

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