Google Chat for Web, as well as its desktop app, received support for Dark Mode almost a year after its Android and iOS apps received it. Dark mode support for Google Chat will also be introduced for the Progressive Web App (PWA). It also gives Google Calendar the ability to add users to their work location. Users can add a weekly work location routine to their calendar and even update their location when plans change. Options are available between “Office”, “At home”, “Not specified” or “Elsewhere elsewhere”.
The technology giant announced the introduction of dark mode for Google Chat in its web and desktop version as well as in the Progressive Web App (PWA) via a blog post. According to Google, this function cannot be controlled by the administrator. It can be found by walking in Settings> Theme Settings and then choose dark mode. The same method applies to the Google Chat PWA and the web version of the application.
Dark mode is being introduced gradually so users may not see it right away. It can take up to 15 days for the rollout to be fully completed. The new feature is available to all Google Workspace customers as well as G Suite Basic and Business customers.
As mentioned before, Google also offers the option to let users add their place of work directly to Calendar. Users can add their place of work for the week and change it when plans change. This feature will be rolled out on August 30th, but admins already have control over how this feature is used in their organization. According to Google, this feature is enabled by default, but it can be disabled at the domain or OU level. If the administrator would prefer to disable this feature, they must disable the setting in the Admin Console before August 30th.
By default, this feature is disabled for end users unless it has been manually disabled by the administrator. Starting August 30th, Google Calendar will display a dialog box with the option to activate it. The function can also be activated in the settings.
With this feature enabled, users can show others what days of the week they want to be in the office, work from home, or work from another location. This helps in better planning personal meetings, especially in a hybrid workplace environment. According to Google, this feature is available to all Google Workspace Business Standard, Business Plus, Enterprise Standard, Enterprise Plus, Education Plus and non-profit customers, as well as G Suite Business customers. It will not be available to Google Workspace Essentials, Business Starter, Enterprise Essentials, Education Fundamentals, Frontline, and G Suite Basic customers.