Google Currents App Launched in Beta to Replace Google+ for Enterprises

Yolanda Curtis
April 13, 2019

That changes now. New features are coming to G Suite, Google has confirmed, chief among them Google Assistant.

At the Cloud '19 event, Google announced multiple G Suite updates, including the launch of Currents. "Your Google Assistant already helps with your personal life, but now when you sign in and switch to your G Suite account, you can easily use your Assistant to help you prepare for the work day, too", Google said in an official blog post. As of publishing this update, Google+ is permanently shut down.

Currents is only available in beta at the moment, so if you're part of a G Suite group you'll either have to ask your Admin to enroll in the beta program or wait until it rolls out within the stable channel. The G Suite team has also built in the ability for admins to streamline certain posts by relevance in order to simplify which posts take priority.

"Google's Excel alternative Sheets will soon link its BigQuery data warehouse, thanks to a feature called 'connected sheets" that allows users to pipe in up to 10 billion rows of BigQuery data without needing SQL. "This integration is available in beta today". It has Google's AI built-in, helping transcribe voicemails and block spam, as well as a text-to-speech functionality to automatically create call menus. "Visitor sharing in Drive", meanwhile, enables files stored in Google Drive to be shared with people who don't have a Google account, using pin codes to access them.

Google is now launching a new Currents app to replace the void that Google+ left behind, at least, for enterprises. The idea with this is that companies can be sure Google is only accessing their data for valid business reasons. The new service will begin first as a beta version.

And G Suite now works more closely with Microsoft Office files, which is important for companies that might have standardized on G Suite but share files externally with clients or partners.

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