Slashdot: Google Updates Docs, Sheets and Slides With New Collaboration Features

Google Updates Docs, Sheets and Slides With New Collaboration Features
Published on August 16, 2017 at 07:22PM
An anonymous reader writes: G Suite, Google’s set of online productivity tools, is getting a major update today that adds a number of new features to Google Docs, Sheets and Slides. Most of these updates focus around collaboration, but the service is also getting support for Google Cloud Search and the company is adding new templates and add-ons from partners like LegalZoom, DocuSign, LucidChart and others. […] Google Docs Sheets and Slides now lets you track changes by saving multiple versions of a document with different names. The new integration with Google Cloud Search in Docs and Slides means that G Suite Business and Enterprise users will now be able to quickly find the right information from their internal documents without having to leave the editor.

New story in Business from Time: President Trump’s Strategy Council of CEOs Just Disbanded

President Donald Trump’s council of senior business leaders who advise on strategy and policy is disbanding, according to a person familiar with the matter.

The executive council, which is led by Blackstone Group LP’s Stephen Schwarzman, planned to inform the White House Wednesday before making the announcement public, according to the person, who wasn’t authorized to discuss the matter publicly.

The strategy group is one of several the White House convened earlier this year to advise the president. Several CEOs from a manufacturing council have quit this week, following blowback over Trump’s remarks about racially charged violence in Virginia on Saturday.

New story in Business from Time: President Trump’s Strategy Council of CEOs Just Disbanded

President Donald Trump’s council of senior business leaders who advise on strategy and policy is disbanding, according to a person familiar with the matter.

The executive council, which is led by Blackstone Group LP’s Stephen Schwarzman, planned to inform the White House Wednesday before making the announcement public, according to the person, who wasn’t authorized to discuss the matter publicly.

The strategy group is one of several the White House convened earlier this year to advise the president. Several CEOs from a manufacturing council have quit this week, following blowback over Trump’s remarks about racially charged violence in Virginia on Saturday.

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You can now make free phone calls with your Google Home

Remember back in May, when Google announced plans to let people make free phone calls through the Google Home?

That feature is rolling out starting today (alas, only for folks in US/Canada).

Say something like “Ok Google, call the nearest sandwich shop” and it’ll connect the dots and help you get your grub.

Or, if you give Google Home access to your contacts, you can say things like “Ok Google, call my mom”, and it’ll call up your mom. And to get a bit crazy: if you’ve got Google Home setup to recognize different voices, your wife/husband/kids can say “Ok Google, call my mom” — and it should dial up the right mom.

One peculiar catch: for now, calls will come from unknown/private numbers… which, after years of sketchy unknown mystery calls, most people have been trained to not answer. Google says they’re aiming to let you set your personal number as the caller ID by the end of the year — meanwhile, Google Voice/Project Fi users already can.

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Google Culture Should Stay Open

When I started at Google in 2002, there were about 500 employees. When I left nine years later, there were over 50,000. For all that time, I marveled at the relative cohesion of company culture—the values that Google successfully conveyed to tens of thousands of employees across the world. Today Google has about 75,000 people on the payroll. The situation that exploded a few weeks ago—with former employee James Damore’s contentious memo causing internal and public fallout—makes me wonder if this is the breaking point for Google’s unique ethos of open communication.

Karen Wickre is Backchannel’s worklife columnist who’s enjoyed a long run in Silicon Valley, including at Google and Twitter. She’s also a media obsessive, internet lover, and art & dog enthusiast.

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Google culture has always been a somewhat messy, dynamic, and aspirational ecosystem, rooted in a strong sense of [...]  read more

Google Home voice calling starts rolling out today

For starters, voice calling on Google Home supports multiple users, so anyone in your household who has set up the device to recognize her particular voice will be able to make calls directly from her personal contact list. Basically, that means if you and a roommate both ask Home to call your mom, it’ll use your contacts to find and call the right parent.

Speaking of contacts, you’ll need a Google account with a well-maintained contact list for this to be useful. If you’re an Android user, this probably won’t be an issue. But if you’re using iOS and have also had a Gmail account for a long time, it’s entirely possible your contacts list is long, unorganized and unruly. Fortunately, Google has made managing your contacts online much, much easier in recent years: The current web contacts interface for your Google account is simple and clean. And if you have a master list stored somewhere else, you should be able to export it and then import it into your [...]  read more