G Suite Updates
Google continuously rolls out G Suite updates, with a recent focus on Meet. We'll try to keep this page updated with helpful release information. We'll also indicate here whether there are any known issues/outages with G Suite that would affect students' learning.
You might have heard Google is rebranding G Suite as Google Workspace. We only just finished a search-and-replace changing Google Apps to G Suite ;-), so we're not rushing yet to rename things (like this page!). For now, expect to see support documents outside of csdecatur.net to refer to Google Workspace. The two labels -- G Suite and Google Workspace -- are synonymous.
Current G Suite status: Looks like everything is working! If staff think otherwise, reach out to your site tech so we can investigate. You can also directly check the G Suite Status Dashboard where Google alerts us to system issues.
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G Suite feature releases
Below, you'll see links to feature release notes and blog posts (usually about upcoming features, or going more in-depth about how to use new features) that affect teaching and learning. For features that have not yet fully deployed, we also indicate when you can expect them to arrive for you.
If you're reading the fine print in these and wonder about timing and what version of G Suite (or Google Workspace) we have: we are on the Rapid Release schedule and license Google Workspace Enterprise for Education. You can also look ahead at (non-exhaustive) G Suite features that are in development.
13 April update: The lists below are out of date -- sorry! We'll get them updated with the latest news as soon as possible.
Feb. 2: Check your video and peripheral device quality before joining a Google Meet call - Gradual rollout (up to 15 days for feature visibility) starting on February 2
Dec. 15: Turn Google Meet Quick access on or off from Google Calendar - Extended rollout expected to be completed in January
Oct. 8: New safety and collaboration features in Google Meet (summary of recent and upcoming features)
Aug. 11: More details on what's coming to Meet and Classroom (summary of upcoming features)
Classroom and Drive (including Docs, Sheets, Slides, and Forms)
Jan. 26: Out of office information will now display when replying to or mentioning a user in a Google Docs comment - Gradual rollout (up to 15 days for feature visibility) starting on January 26
Jan. 11: Drive File Stream being renamed "Google Drive for Desktop" [currently macOS only]
Gmail, Calendar, and Chat
Jan. 20: Enable offline support for Google Calendar on web from your computer - Gradual rollout (up to 15 days for feature visibility) starting on January 25
Nov. 12: Pin conversations with Google Chat