U-M Google December Monthly Summary

January 7, 2020

The monthly U-M Google Summaries inform the university community of Google releases for Core Apps as well as the Non-Core Apps (those that are not part of the G Suite for Education agreement). We communicate important information on Core Apps throughout the month. Core and Non-Core Apps are listed on the G Suite website.

Core Apps:

Google has added new options to recently released features in new Google Sites. You’ll now be able to:

  • Add captions to images in an image carousel
  • Set a transition speed for an image carousel
  • Hide headings from a table of contents
  • Choose between different styling options for buttons
  • Dark mode available for Google Tasks on iOS

Google Tasks will now automatically follow the system default setting when it’s set to “Dark” on iOS 13. This feature is already available on Android. You can use Google’s Help Center to learn how to enable dark mode on your device.

Google is starting to add version history for sites created in new Google Sites. Version history will roll out over the course of 2020 for both users creating new sites, as well as for previously existing sites.

Version history allows site editors to easily:

  • Revert to previous versions of a site
  • Restore deleted site content
  • View the history of who has made changes to a site

Use Google’s Help Center to learn more about using version history and restoring the earlier version of a site.

Before publishing changes to your new Google Sites, you can now compare the currently published site with the soon-to-be-published draft site in an annotated, side-by-side view. You’ll automatically be prompted to “Review changes and publish” on every subsequent update after a site is initially published. You can turn this feature off on a per-site basis. See Google’s Help Center to learn more.

Google has added limited Hangouts Meet support in Microsoft Internet Explorer 11. You will need to download and install the latest version of the Google Video Support Plugin for Meet to run on Internet Explorer. See Google’s Help Center to learn more about supported browsers and some of the limitations of using Hangouts Meet with Internet Explorer.

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