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Google Drive, Calendar updates increase collaboration and language support

Chat iconFrom facilitating teamwork to increasing accessibility, recent updates to Google Apps at Case Western Reserve promote streamlined collaboration.

Improved commenting in Google Drive

Collaborating with others on Google Docs, Sheets and Slides just got easier. Google recently updated the web apps to allow for instant commenting and instant mentions. With instant commenting, a comment button will appear automatically when collaborators highlight text. Previously, comments could only be added by using a keyboard shortcut or by choosing Insert > Comment from the main menu.

Instant mentions enable collaborators to easily tag others in comments without typing “@” or “+” signs. To execute an instant mention,  enter someone’s name or email address into the comment box. A drop-down menu containing suggested contacts will appear. If you choose a contact, Google Drive will send them an email notification. Additionally, you will be prompted to give them access to the file if they do not already have it.

Google enhanced the mobile versions of Docs, Sheets and Slides as well. First, comments in Sheets and Slides files will now appear. Second, the iOS editions of Docs, Sheets and Slides now support comment swiping. With comment swiping, you may easily move from one comment to another by swiping between them. (This feature already exists in the Android version of the apps.)

Added language support in Google Calendar

Google Calendar on mobile now supports more languages. Google has added support for more than 41 languages across both the Android and iOS apps. New additions include traditional and simplified Chinese, Korean, Spanish (Latin America), Spanish (Spain), French, German, Italian, Hindi and more. Fifty four country-based holiday calendars also have been added to the Google Calendar Android and iOS apps, yielding a total of 143 country-based holiday calendars.

Training + support

To explore these updates, log in to your CWRU Google Apps for Education account by navigating to webdocs.case.edu or webcalendar.case.edu. To download the mobile versions, search by the app’s name from your device’s app store.

Information Technology Services (ITS) partners with lynda.com to provide the university community with high quality, video based training on Google Apps and other technologies at no cost. Visit case.edu/its/lynda to start watching courses today.

For assistance with any technology product or service at Case Western Reserve, such as Google Apps for Education, contact the ITS Service Desk at 216.368.HELP (4357) or help@case.edu.


Written by: Tyler Hoffman

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