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Redesign of the Google Groups material theme coming this year

Google Groups is the company’s email-based forum offering that is popular with developers and other communities. Dating back to 2001, the company today announced a redesign of the theme of materials in line with Gmail and other G Suite renovations.

The new group is a fairly standard redesign of the Google material theme that offers a “modern and fresh look” with more space, as well as “controls that are streamlined, intuitive and consistent with other G Suite tools”.

Improved navigation starts with consolidated group settings and an updated member management page, while a new three-step wizard is available to quickly create groupings. There are new filter and search options, with end users also benefiting from a simplified and unified My Groups view to see everything they are subscribed to. In the meantime, like Gmail, “topics” are now called “conversations”.

Google is launching new beta groups today to allow feedback and prepare for migration. G Suite administrators can register their domains. Some features are not yet available in this initial state, including:

  • Collaborative mailboxes: creating collaborative mailboxes, using collaborative mailbox features such as assigning topics and changing the type of a group in collaborative mailbox.
  • Message Moderation: View and approve or block messages before they are posted to a group. To moderate messages, you need to use classic groups. Message moderation can be turned on or off in new groups, but messages can only be moderated in classic groups.
  • Shared labels: substitution by tags and categories. Labels are not available in this version.
  • Multiple domains: creation and search of groups in multiple domains.
  • Mobile readiness: the user interface of groups improved for use on mobile devices.
  • Excluded users: ban people from groups and view banned people.
  • Welcome messages: view, add or edit the group welcome message displayed above the group conversations.
  • Global settings: view or change preferences and settings applicable to all groups.
  • Subscription Management: A dashboard to manage your subscriptions and view conversations marked as spam.
  • Automatic reply to group messages and footer preview: setting automatic replies to group messages and preview of the footer for group messages.
  • Default group roles: change the name or description of the default group roles: owner, manager, and member. To edit the default group roles, you need to use classic groups.

During this time, users joining the beta can return to the classic Google Groups by redesigning the material. However, it will eventually be replaced later this year, but Google has yet to provide a date and will issue a notice before the transition.

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