What’s new in Google Workspace (recent releases)

Learn about what new Google Workspace features and enhancements are available to your users.

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You can also see products and features planned for Google Workspace in Upcoming Google Workspace releases.

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ProductDescriptionRelease week (YYYY-MM-DD)
AdminAssign SSO profile to organizational units or groups with the SAML Partial SSO feature, now generally available. Learn more2021-11-15
Admin consoleNew options to control chat history in unthreaded Google Chat rooms. Learn more2021-05-10
Admin consoleSpecify which attributes are available for the Secure LDAP client. Learn more2021-05-03
Admin consoleAdditional admin controls for Google Voice ring groups. Learn more2021-05-03
Admin consoleAdditional tools for managing the transition from classic to new Google Sites. Learn more2021-05-10
Admin consoleNew iOS Data Protection setting protects data sharing between Google Workspace and personal Google accounts. Learn more2021-05-17
Admin consoleRestrict Google Drive for desktop to company owned devices, now generally available. Learn more2021-05-17
Admin consoleNew Meet Quality Tool support for failed join attempts. Learn more2021-05-31
Admin consoleLaunching a new online community for Google Workspace admins. Learn more2021-06-21
Admin consoleNew streamlined experience for managing users and domains in the Admin console. Learn more2021-06-21
Admin consoleEasily navigate through the Admin console using the updated left-hand navigation bar. Learn more2021-07-12
Admin consoleFundamental data regions now available to more Google Workspace customers. Learn more2021-07-19
Admin consoleAlert Center enrichment with VirusTotal threat context now generally available. Learn more2021-07-26
Admin consoleNew enrollment privilege and naming updates for Google Meet hardware in the Admin console. Learn more2021-07-26
Admin consoleDelegate Information is now available in Gmail Log Search. Learn more2021-07-26
Admin consoleView more insights and take quick action on the Users, Domain, and Billing home cards in the Admin console. Learn more2021-08-16
Admin consoleSecurity groups are now generally available. Learn more2021-08-23
Admin consoleUse the "Inspect Groups" function to view a users direct and indirect group membership. Learn more2021-08-30
Admin consoleNew "End meeting for all" action in the security investigation tool. Learn more2021-09-06
Admin consoleView Google Classroom activity with new audit logs, view adoption and other metrics with BigQuery activity logs. Learn more2021-09-06
Admin consoleControl the ability to present to Google Meet from Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides with a new Admin setting. Learn more2021-09-20
Admin consoleOne-click recommended actions in the Alert Center. Learn more2021-09-20
Admin consoleRenaming 'whitelisted domains' to 'allowlisted domains' in the Admin console. Learn more2021-09-27
Admin consoleReview smart home devices used for work in your Admin console. Learn more2021-09-27
Admin consoleView Alert Center notifications directly from the Admin console toolbar. Learn more2021-09-27
Admin consoleImproved and updated security menu in the Admin Console. Learn more2021-10-25
Admin consoleManage and share private iOS apps through Google Endpoint Management. Learn more2021-10-25
Admin consoleEnable advanced context-aware access to Google Workspace in the Admin console. Learn more2021-11-01
Admin consoleStay up to date with new Product updates and Alerts cards in the Admin console. Learn more2021-11-15
AssistantUse Google Assistant on more devices. Learn more2021-07-12
CalendarUse Google Maps in the quick access side panel. Learn more2021-05-03
CalendarMore options to control which holidays show on your Calendar. Learn more2021-05-17
CalendarImportant changes to how the Google Calendar API manages and limits queries. Learn more2021-06-14
CalendarGoogle Chat will automatically suggest group chats based on your Google Calendar. Learn more2021-06-28
CalendarAllow users to receive shared calendars on mobile. Learn more2021-07-05
CalendarIndicate whether you’ll join a meeting virtually or in person on Google Calendar. Learn more2021-07-19
CalendarShare where you’re working from in Google Calendar. Learn more2021-08-16
CalendarBetter understand how you’re spending your time in Google Calendar. Learn more2021-08-30
CalendarEasily chat with meeting participants from a Google Calendar event. Learn more2021-09-20
CalendarCreate meeting notes in Google Calendar. Learn more2021-10-18
CalendarSet aside time for focus in Google Calendar. Learn more2021-11-01
ChatNew options to control chat history in unthreaded Google Chat rooms. Learn more2021-05-10
ChatEvolving Rooms in Google Chat to Spaces to create a richer, more collaborative experience. Learn more2021-06-14
ChatImproved search in Google Chat. Learn more2021-06-21
ChatGoogle Chat will automatically suggest group chats based on your Google Calendar. Learn more2021-06-28
ChatNew and improved Google Chat user interface, now for everyone. Learn more2021-06-21
ChatSlash commands and dialogs now available for Google Chat bots. Learn more2021-07-12
ChatHangouts to Google Chat upgrade beginning August 16th, with option to opt-out. Learn more2021-07-19
ChatEasily collaborate and share Slide presentations with side-by-side viewing in Google Chat. Learn more2021-07-19
ChatUpdated emoji experience in Google Chat. Learn more2021-08-02
ChatLimit external messaging to trusted domains in Google Chat. Learn more2021-08-16
ChatDark mode for Google Chat on web. Learn more2021-08-16
ChatView corresponding Google Chat messages from the Tasks tab in a Chat room. Learn more2021-08-23
ChatFind and share GIFs in Google Chat. Learn more2021-08-30
ChatGoogle Chat 'Rooms' are now 'Spaces'. Learn more2021-09-06
ChatNew iOS Data Protection setting for Google Chat protects data sharing between Google Workspace and personal Google accounts. Learn more2021-09-13
ChatUpgrade to the newest version of the Google Chat app. Learn more2021-09-20
ChatEasily chat with meeting participants from a Google Calendar event. Learn more2021-09-20
ChatNew beta to add data loss prevention to Google Chat. Learn more2021-10-11
ChatMark Google Chat messages as unread. Learn more2021-10-18
ChatIntegrate Google Chat with a 3rd-party archiving solution. Learn more2021-10-18
ChatUpdated emoji experience in Google Chat on iOS. Learn more2021-11-01
ChatSpaces in Google Chat can now be deleted. Learn more2021-11-15
ClassroomWorkspace for Education Plus now syncs Google Classroom courses and rosters with Student Information Systems. Learn more2021-07-26
ClassroomView Google Classroom activity with new audit logs, view adoption and other metrics with BigQuery activity logs. Learn more2021-09-06
ClassroomYour progress is automatically saved as you respond to forms and quizzes. Learn more2021-09-13
ClassroomMaking Google Classroom video meetings easier and more secure. Learn more2021-10-04
ClassroomControl whether students can unenroll themselves from classes. Learn more2021-10-04
Cloud SearchImprove Google Cloud Search results with Contextual Boost. Learn more2021-05-03
Cloud SearchEnhance Cloud Search results for PDFs containing images with Optical Character Recognition support. Learn more2021-05-17
Cloud SearchEnable audit logs for Google Cloud Search. Learn more2021-06-14
ContactsA new Google Contacts experience provides richer information about your colleagues and stakeholders. Learn more2021-06-21
ContactsView richer information about your coworkers directly in the sidebar for Google Chat, Calendar, Docs, and more. Learn more2021-10-04
ContactsView more information about your colleagues and stakeholders in Google Contacts. Learn more2021-10-18
ContactsView richer information about colleagues and stakeholders using people chips in Google Sheets. Learn more2021-11-15
Docs"Show Editors" provides more context on changes made in Google Docs. Learn more2021-05-03
DocsNew iOS Data Protection setting protects data sharing between Google Workspace and personal Google accounts. Learn more2021-05-17
DocsCreate and import documents that contain images above or behind text in Google Docs. Learn more2021-05-17
DocsPresent from Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides directly to Google Meet. Learn more2021-05-17
DocsInsert smart chips for files and meetings, create checklists in Google Docs. Learn more2021-06-07
DocsImprovements for braille mode in Google Docs provide a richer, more interactive experience. Learn more2021-08-16
DocsSave time replying to comments in Google Docs with Smart Reply. Learn more2021-09-13
DocsComment size increasing in Google Docs. Learn more2021-09-27
DocsAdd image watermarks in Google Docs. Learn more2021-10-11
DocsEasily add to Google Docs with the new universal @ menu. Learn more2021-11-01
DocsAdd a page break before paragraphs in Google Docs. Learn more2021-11-08
DrawingsSmart Compose now available in comments for Google Slides, Sheets, and Drawings. Learn more2021-08-02
DriveNew iOS Data Protection setting protects data sharing between Google Workspace and personal Google accounts. Learn more2021-05-17
DriveRestrict Google Drive for desktop to company owned devices, now generally available. Learn more2021-05-17
DriveGet more control over how files can be shared with trust rules for Google Drive beta. Learn more2021-06-14
DriveEnhanced content classification and DLP with Drive labels beta. Learn more2021-06-14
DriveUpdate to some Google Drive file links, admin decision recommended before July 23, 2021. Learn more2021-06-21
DriveBackup and Sync users should begin transitioning to Drive for desktop. Learn more2021-07-12
DriveGoogle Workspace Business Starter and Frontline customers can now collaborate with people who are not using a Google account in Drive, Docs, Sheets, Slides, and Sites. Learn more2021-07-12
DriveBlock shares from another user in Google Drive. Learn more2021-07-19
DriveSearch within a folder in Google Drive on iOS. Learn more2021-07-26
DriveBlock shares option added to Google Drive sharing emails. Learn more2021-08-16
DriveNew beta makes it easier for admins to move folders to shared drives. Learn more2021-08-30
DrivePreventing users from blocking users in trusted domains. Learn more2021-09-13
DriveQuickly access Google Drive files in Chrome browser. Learn more2021-09-27
DriveDrive for desktop support for Apple silicon (M1) devices now generally available. Learn more2021-10-18
DriveRefine search results in Google Drive with search chips, launching in beta. Learn more2021-11-01
DriveGoogle Workspace Client-side encryption beta expanded to include Google Meet and Google Drive for desktop. Learn more2021-11-01
DriveExtending Google Drive user blocking to include comments and mentions. Learn more2021-11-08
EducationGoogle for Education transformation reports window open, available worldwide. Learn more2021-05-03
EducationGoogle for Education transformation reports window is now available. Learn more2021-11-08
FormsYour progress is automatically saved as you respond to forms and quizzes. Learn more2021-09-13
GmailNew iOS Data Protection setting protects data sharing between Google Workspace and personal Google accounts. Learn more2021-05-17
GmailGmail exports in Vault now include a new CSV metadata file. Learn more2021-05-17
GmailSave photos from Gmail messages directly to Google Photos with a new “Save to Photos” button. Learn more2021-05-24
GmailVisual update to the Gmail search box. Learn more2021-06-21
GmailImproving email security with BIMI. Learn more2021-07-12
GmailGmail now displays the latest emojis. Learn more2021-07-19
GmailImproved Tabular Data Handling for Gmail DLP. Learn more2021-07-19
GmailDelegate Information is now available in Gmail Log Search. Learn more2021-07-26
GmailImproved Search In Gmail on Android. Learn more2021-09-20
GmailIntegrating AppSheet into Gmail. Learn more2021-10-11
GmailUpdating Gmail "Compose" button for Chat in Gmail users on the web. Learn more2021-10-25
GmailVirusTotal integration with the security investigation tool provides deeper insight into Gmail events. Learn more2021-10-25
GmailVisual updates and improvements for the To, Cc, and Bcc fields in Gmail. Learn more2021-11-08
Google WorkspaceChanges to Google Workspace storage policies starting June 1, 2021. Learn more2021-05-31
Google WorkspaceUpdates to Google Workspace Public Status Dashboard and service status alerts. Learn more2021-07-19
Google WorkspaceNew font in Workspace improves accessibility for vision impaired. Learn more2021-07-26
Google WorkspaceMaterial You, a new look and feel for Google Workspace apps, is rolling out now for Android. Learn more2021-09-06
Google WorkspaceNew look and feel for Workspace Updates email subscriptions. Learn more2021-09-20
Google WorkspaceConsolidate Google Workspace Essentials accounts for your domain. Learn more2021-10-04
GroupsUse dynamic security groups for group based policies. Learn more2021-07-26
GroupsSecurity groups are now generally available. Learn more2021-08-23
GroupsUse the "Inspect Groups" function to view a users direct and indirect group membership. Learn more2021-08-30
GroupsConfigure member restrictions for groups, available in open beta. Learn more2021-10-04
IdentityEnhanced desktop security for Windows is now available for Google Workspace Business Plus customers. Learn more2021-07-12
IdentityAssign SSO profile to organizational units or groups with the new SAML Partial SSO beta. Learn more2021-07-26
IdentityUpdated flows for managing backup codes for 2-step verification purposes. Learn more2021-10-11
IdentityManage and share private iOS apps through Google Endpoint Management. Learn more2021-10-25
IdentityAssign SSO profile to organizational units or groups with the SAML Partial SSO feature, now generally available. Learn more2021-11-15
KeepView more insights on Keep activity with a new API and audit logs. Learn more2021-05-24
KeepAdd a background image to Google Keep notes on mobile. Learn more2021-07-05
MarketplaceFind admin approved applications in the “Approved for you” section in the Google Workspace Marketplace. Learn more2021-06-07
MarketplaceAdmins can view more information about apps in the Google Workspace Marketplace before deploying to their users. Learn more2021-06-28
MarketplaceNew Categories in Google Workspace Marketplace. Learn more2021-08-09
MeetCheck when your Google Meet meeting codes expire to ensure smooth future meeting experiences. Learn more2021-05-10
MeetGoogle Meet now gives you more space for content and control over layouts for a more flexible experience. Learn more2021-05-10
MeetPresent from Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides directly to Google Meet. Learn more2021-05-17
MeetNew Meet Quality Tool support for failed join attempts. Learn more2021-05-31
MeetIntroducing gentle quality notifications with tailored recommendations and quick actions. Learn more2021-05-31
MeetUpdated rollout information for the new Google Meet user experience, new option to revert to the legacy experience. Learn more2021-05-31
MeetOption to replace your background in Google Meet is now available on Android. Learn more2021-06-07
MeetReplace your background with a video in Google Meet. Learn more2021-06-14
MeetNew admin settings to control who can join your organization's Google Meet calls, and which calls your users can join. Learn more2021-06-14
MeetTLS support for Google Meet. Learn more2021-06-28
MeetImprovements to Hand Raise in Google Meet, including automatic hand lowering, better notifications, and more. Learn more2021-06-28
MeetExpanding Google Meet visual refresh to Meet hardware portfolio. Learn more2021-06-28
MeetBackground noise reduction in Google Meet now available to more users and turning on by default. Learn more2021-06-28
MeetEnhancing live streams in Google Meet with captions and cross-domain live streams. Learn more2021-07-12
MeetReplace your background in Google Meet, now on iOS. Learn more2021-07-12
MeetNew enrollment privilege and naming updates for Google Meet hardware in the Admin console. Learn more2021-07-26
MeetUse the new Google Meet web app for better meetings on desktop devices. Learn more2021-07-26
MeetReminder: Google Meet support for IE11 ending August 17, 2021. Learn more2021-08-09
MeetAdd up to 25 co-hosts per meeting and expanded safety features for Google Meet. Learn more2021-08-09
MeetReplace your background with a video in Google Meet on iOS. Learn more2021-08-23
MeetHelping users prevent echo in Google Meet. Learn more2021-08-23
MeetControl the ability to present to Google Meet from Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides with a new Admin setting. Learn more2021-09-20
MeetComing soon: new Google Meet Hardware devices. Learn more2021-09-06
MeetSet the default state for Quick access and Host Management in Google Meet with new Admin settings. Learn more2021-09-13
MeetNew graphs for metrics over time in Meet Quality Tool. Learn more2021-09-20
MeetAbility to mute all Google Meet participants at once rolling out to mobile platforms. Learn more2021-09-20
MeetLive translated captions in Google Meet available in beta. Learn more2021-09-27
MeetReplace your background with a video in Google Meet on Android. Learn more2021-09-27
MeetMaking Google Classroom video meetings easier and more secure. Learn more2021-10-04
MeetImproved visibility in Google Meet on web. Learn more2021-10-04
MeetBringing hand raising to Google Meet hardware devices. Learn more2021-10-04
MeetAdditional support for continuous framing to more Google Meet hardware devices, available by default for all eligible devices. Learn more2021-10-11
MeetGoogle Meet meeting hosts now have more control of participant's audio and video feeds for smoother, more productive meetings. Learn more2021-10-18
MeetGoogle Workspace Client-side encryption beta expanded to include Google Meet and Google Drive for desktop. Learn more2021-11-01
MeetHost Google Meet meetings with up to 500 participants. Learn more2021-11-15
Mobile managementGoogle Device Policy app ending support for iOS 11 soon. Learn more2021-05-10
SecuritySpecify which attributes are available for the Secure LDAP client. Learn more2021-05-03
SecurityNew iOS Data Protection setting protects data sharing between Google Workspace and personal Google accounts. Learn more2021-05-17
SecurityEnhanced content classification and DLP with Drive labels beta. Learn more2021-06-14
SecurityStronger data security and privacy with Google Workspace Client-side encryption beta. Learn more2021-06-14
SecurityEnhanced desktop security for Windows is now available for Google Workspace Business Plus customers. Learn more2021-07-12
SecurityFundamental data regions now available to more Google Workspace customers. Learn more2021-07-19
SecurityAlert Center enrichment with VirusTotal threat context now generally available. Learn more2021-07-26
SecurityImproved Tabular Data Handling for Gmail DLP. Learn more2021-07-19
SecurityUse dynamic security groups for group based policies. Learn more2021-07-26
SecurityLimit external messaging to trusted domains in Google Chat. Learn more2021-08-16
SecurityNew "End meeting for all" action in the security investigation tool. Learn more2021-09-06
SecurityOne-click recommended actions in the Alert Center. Learn more2021-09-20
SecurityNew iOS Data Protection setting for Google Chat protects data sharing between Google Workspace and personal Google accounts. Learn more2021-09-13
SecurityUpdated flows for managing backup codes for 2-step verification purposes. Learn more2021-10-11
SecurityNew beta to add data loss prevention to Google Chat. Learn more2021-10-11
SecurityControl session length for Google Cloud Console and gcloud CLI now generally available. Learn more2021-10-18
SecurityImproved and updated security menu in the Admin Console. Learn more2021-10-25
SecurityVirusTotal integration with the security investigation tool provides deeper insight into Gmail events. Learn more2021-10-25
SecurityEnable advanced context-aware access to Google Workspace in the Admin console. Learn more2021-11-01
SheetsMore options for customizing a charts line and fill styling in Google Sheets. Learn more2021-05-03
SheetsNew iOS Data Protection setting protects data sharing between Google Workspace and personal Google accounts. Learn more2021-05-17
SheetsPresent from Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides directly to Google Meet. Learn more2021-05-17
SheetsNew ways to discover and navigate comments in Google Sheets. Learn more2021-06-14
SheetsScheduled refresh improvements for Connected Sheets now generally available. Learn more2021-07-05
SheetsSelect multiple tabs in Google Sheets and perform basic actions on the selection. Learn more2021-07-19
SheetsSmart Compose now available in comments for Google Slides, Sheets, and Drawings. Learn more2021-08-02
SheetsEasily customize theme colors in Sheets and Slides. Learn more2021-08-16
SheetsNew intelligent suggestions for formulas and functions in Google Sheets. Learn more2021-08-23
SheetsView richer information about colleagues and stakeholders using people chips in Google Sheets. Learn more2021-11-15
SitesAdditional tools for managing the transition from classic to new Google Sites. Learn more2021-05-10
SitesReminder: Website creation in classic Google Sites will no longer be available starting May 15, 2021. Learn more2021-05-10
SitesUse the Classic Sites Manager to download archived backups and control editing of sites in bulk. Learn more2021-06-21
SitesUse custom templates in new Google Sites for consistent structure and design for your sites. Learn more2021-07-19
SitesBulk convert Classic Sites to new Sites using the Classic Sites Manager. Learn more2021-07-19
SitesRestore a page via version history in new Google Sites. Learn more2021-09-20
SitesDesign your own custom themes in new Google Sites. Learn more2021-10-04
SitesNew navigation menus in Google Sites. Learn more2021-10-25
SitesCopy a single page or subset of pages in new Google Sites. Learn more2021-11-08
SitesUpdates to the transition timeline for Classic Google Sites. Learn more2021-11-15
SlidesNew iOS Data Protection setting protects data sharing between Google Workspace and personal Google accounts. Learn more2021-05-17
SlidesPresent from Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides directly to Google Meet. Learn more2021-05-17
Slides“Master” view in Google Slides renamed to “Theme Builder”. Learn more2021-05-24
SlidesEasily collaborate and share Slide presentations with side-by-side viewing in Google Chat. Learn more2021-07-19
SlidesImage placeholders make it easy to work as a team with images in Slides themes and layouts. Learn more2021-07-19
SlidesSmart Compose now available in comments for Google Slides, Sheets, and Drawings. Learn more2021-08-02
SlidesEasily customize theme colors in Sheets and Slides. Learn more2021-08-16
SlidesReview presentations more quickly with new viewing interface on Google Slides iOS app. Learn more2021-09-06
SlidesUse the “Slideshow” button in Google Slides. Learn more2021-09-27
TasksGoogle Tasks now available in Google Workspace Essentials and Enterprise Essentials. Learn more2021-07-12
TasksView corresponding Google Chat messages from the Tasks tab in a Chat room. Learn more2021-08-23
TasksNew logo coming to Google Tasks. Learn more2021-09-13
VaultGmail exports in Vault now include a new CSV metadata file. Learn more2021-05-17
VaultNew Google Vault interface will become the only experience starting on May 24, 2021. Learn more2021-05-17
VoiceAdditional admin controls for Google Voice ring groups. Learn more2021-05-03
VoiceGoogle Voice is now available in Belgium. Learn more2021-06-07
VoiceEnhancements to Google Voice. Learn more2021-07-26
VoiceUpload customized audio prompts and greetings to Google Voice automated attendant. Learn more2021-08-16
VoicePorting in Google Voice now available in Canada. Learn more2021-09-27
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