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Gboard Updates for iPhone Adds Maps and YouTube, Improved Calendar Interop for Microsoft Exchange

A new addition of some clutch features added to the Gboard on iOS, making it easier than ever to share location and video content in any messaging app—now with just a tap of the G button on the keybaord will let you access both Maps and YouTube.

Also, a new “YouTube” tab added to the keyboard makes it easier to send YouTube videos right from Gboard.

Maps button on GBoard iOS YouTube tab on Gboard for iOS
1. Maps button 2. YpouTube tab

Of course, the keyboard exapnded its support with three new languages added today, including: Arabic, Hebrew and Farsi.

And, for artists or doodlers, a new Ink feature that can be accessed by a tap on the emoji button followed by the pen icon and get to to work!—let you draw and share your creations right from the keyboard.

Ink Message on Gboard for iPhone

Make sure to update or install latest Gboard for iPhone from the Apple App Store, to start using these updates.

In other product update Monday, new search options and filters in Google+ now letting you find exactly what you want. “From an updated look of the search interface to search suggestions and domain-only filters, these new experiences can make users confident that the content they see is the content they want,” wrties Google.

First up, suggested and recent searches are now being displayed before users begins typing along with recent terms they’ve searched.

Additionally, the now improved autocomplete will begin showing results from Topics, Collections, Communities, and People/Pages, as you types.

New Google+ Suggested and recent searches Google+ Improved Autocomplete
1. Suggested recent searches 2. Autocomplete

Also, from the new tabbed search results page, you can now filter results by content type for following five categories: “All,” “Posts,” “Communities,” “Collections,” and “People & Pages.”

And, using the “Posts” tab, users can now sort results by new/top posts, as well as by the source of the post, like from “just you, from people you follow, or from everyone.”

Another new ability makes it possible to restrict search results and home stream, to now show only content from within your domain. With this, you can toggle between showing domain-only content vs. public content in search suggestions, search results, and Google+ home stream.

This update is currently only available on the web, and provide the benefits of mixed content while also being able to focus on company-specific info when appropriate

Google+ in domain filter
Domain filter

Google is also rolling out improvements that makes it easier to manage the coexistence of Google Calendar and Microsoft Exchange Server including Office 365, with real time data, logging, and simpler setup.

  • A popular request feature from customers with hybrid G Suite – Microsoft Exchange environments, making collaboration between users simpler.

    Once Calendar Interop is set up on a domain, end users in real time will be able to see each other’s free/busy information across the two systems on Android, iOS and web, from Google Calendar’s Find a Time and Microsoft Outlook’s Scheduling Assistant.

    Also, G Suite admins from Apps -> G Suite -> Settings for Calendar can select Calendar Inerop management to enable user availability lookups.

    Google Calendar and Microsoft Exchange Interop Settings
    Calendar and Exchange Interop settings

    In addition, following two new tools are also made available helping set up and maintain interoperability:

    • Using the new interoperability troubleshooting tool, admins with one click can understand the status of setup. “If everything’s working as expected, the tool will let you know. If something’s amiss, it will display a detailed human-readable error to help you pinpoint the root cause of the issue.”
    • Interoperability-related logs in the reporting section in Admin console, let admins track interoperability-related successes and failures for each user separately.

    For more detailed steps on how to migrate to this new setup, check out this Help Center, and for information on Calendar Interop and how to get started, see this Help Center.

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