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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Google Updates to be aware of

March 14, 2017 G Suites (Google) announced they've made the Google Drive plug-in for Microsoft Office (for Windows) more secure and easier to use.  You will need to upgrade the plug-in prior to April 20, 2017.  Starting on that date you will no longer be able to sign in to older versions of the plug-in. Click here for the download.

March 16, 2017 G Suites rolled out an improvement to the way you can preview video in your Gmail. Up until March 16th in order to view a video attachment in Gmail the user had to download the video and open it with a media player.  Now users will see a thumbnail of the video and will be able to stream it within the Gmail.

March 23, 2017 G Suites announced they will be transitioning Google Talk users to Google Hangouts.  Those using Google Talk will start receiving notices to switch to Hangouts beginning April 1.  After June 26, users will be automatically switched if they have not done so by then.  If you switch to Hangouts, you can go to Settings and check the Use dense roster box to remove any avatars and create a more Google Talk like experience.

Third-party XMPP clients will continue to work with Hangouts for 1:1 chats even after June 26.  XMPP federation with third-party services providers will no longer be supported on June 26.

The legacy Google Talk Android app will stop working after June 26.  Android users should install Hangouts now.