Last week, Google announced a new name and new branding for our beloved Google Apps: G Suite. This rebranding is also true for our educational suite of applications, now G Suite for Education, as well as the rest of the world using what was formerly known as Google Apps for Work. The core suite of applications did not change, just the name and branding so far. But we also received a few updates over the last few days that are worth mentioning.
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Notable Updates to G Suite
“Explore uses Google smarts to help you create amazing presentations, spreadsheets, and documents in a fraction of the time they used to take… so you can get on with what’s most important in your life. It’s like having a researcher, analyst, and designer by your side.”
The Explore button is located in the bottom right of Docs, Sheets, and Slides, and the idea is that this new tool will save you time with design, creating charts, researching information, and more.
Explore in Docs
When in Docs, Explore will open up the research tool. (It is no longer found under Tools>Research.) Here you will find instant suggestions based on the content in your document, including related topics on the web, images, and files from your Google Drive.
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Explore in Sheets
Explore was added to Sheets last year but has also been given an upgrade, making it even easier to add formulas, formatting, and charts. Explore in Sheets is also available on Android and iOS!
Explore in Slides
As you create in Slides, Explore will make design suggestions based on the content in your slides, making it even easier to polish your presentations.
The NEW Google Blog: https://blog.google/
The new Google Blog is a feed of several Google Blogs available in one location. Here you will find updates from the Google for Education blog, as well as G Suite Updates, and other news and products from Google.
If you like to stay up-to-date with what’s going on with Google, check out my Guide to Keeping Up with Google. This guide was something I put together based on a question I receive daily, how do you keep up with Google? The guide includes people, hashtags, blogs, YouTube channels and more. You may also notice that the former Google Apps Update blog is now also rebranded G Suite Updates (the old link should redirect you).
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