The Most Recent Google Workspace Updates (June 2024)

Welcome to the latest round of updates to Google Workspace, including access to Gemini AI through the side panel, digest emails from Google Drive, and conditional notifications in Google Sheets.

Gemini AI

Gemini is now available in the side panel of Gmail, Docs, Sheets, Slides, and Drive. Through the side panel, Gemini can assist you with summarising, analysing, and generating content by using insights gathered from your emails, documents, and more—all without switching applications or tabs. The updated interface automatically summarises the content you’re working on and provides contextually relevant prompts to help you get started.

Gemini AI feature in the side panel of Gmail

 

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Google Drive

Keep track of shared Drive files by receiving automatic digest emails
A new Google Drive feature allows you to keep track of your shared Drive files through a periodic email summary. If you haven’t been active on Drive for 7 days and have multiple shared files that you haven’t viewed, you will receive a reminder email summarising these files. This feature comes in handy when you’re having a busy week or returning to work after some time off.

Google Drive digest email example

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Google Sheets

Conditional notifications in spreadsheets allow you to set rules to receive email alerts when specific changes occur, like column value changes or cell range modifications. You can also set up notifications for others by adding their email addresses during the setup.

To create conditional notifications, open your spreadsheet, then go to Tools > Notification rules > Add new rule. Alternatively, you can right-click on a spreadsheet and choose Conditional notifications.

 

Google Meet

Translated captions and closed captions
Google Meet now supports 52 new languages for translated captions and 11 more languages for closed captions. For the full list of supported languages visit Google’s help website. Translated captions in Google Meet will be exclusively available to Gemini for Google Workspace customers starting January 22, 2025. Existing and new customers will no longer have access to translated captions through their Google Workspace subscription. Translated captions will only be available in Gemini Enterprise, AI Meetings and Messaging, and Gemini Education premium add-ons. As a Refractiv customer, you can get in touch today to start your free Gemini AI trial.

Support for high-definition video for meeting recordings
For recorded meetings in Google Meet, the maximum resolution for the speaker’s video feed is being increased from 720p to 1080p. Meet already supports 1080p recordings for presented content. Together, these enhancements will increase the viewing quality of meeting recordings.

Google Meet add-ons are now available on Android devices
Google Meet add-ons are now available on Android devices, expanding flexibility and accessibility for third-party apps while using Meet on the go. These add-ons can be found in the “Activities” panel on Android devices.

Google meet add-ons on an Android device

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Google Chat

Google Chat users can request to join a space after receiving a link to that space, instead of waiting for a member of the space must invite or add them.

Summary

  • Gemini is an AI assistant available in the side panel of Gmail, Docs, Sheets, Slides, and Drive. It helps you summarise, analyse, and generate content using insights from your emails, documents, and more.
  • Google Drive now offers automatic digest emails to keep track of shared Drive files.
  • Google Sheets introduced conditional notifications to receive email alerts when specific changes occur in a spreadsheet.
  • Google Meet has expanded its language support for translated and closed captions. High-definition video is now available for meeting recordings.
  • Google Meet add-ons are accessible on Android devices.
  • Google Chat allows users to request to join a space after receiving a link, making it easier to collaborate.

Refractiv is a Google Cloud and Technology Partner. We provide a range of services for Google Workspace customers, including deployment, email migration, consultancy, and training. Explore our Google Workspace Services or get in touch to find out more.