Currents is a software developed by Google for internal enterprise communication, which is now set to replace Google+ starting from July 6, on Google's G Suite line of products.
While Google+ was shutdown for general users, but was still made available for G Suite customers, the experience will be upgraded to Currents for all existing Google+ users on G Suite. And if you are an existing Currents beta participant, your Currents experience will remain the same.
The new Currents app has a different look and feel from Google+, with additional features for users and administrators. So, how would enterprises on G Suite prepare their users for this change?
What G Suite Customers need to know?
As Google+ was shut down in April 2019, Google announced the launch of Currents beta, which will be generally available on July 6, 2020. Therefore, all organization’s existing Google+ content will be automatically transitioned to Currents.
It will take up to 5 days for Currents to be fully rolled out to all organizations. And Google promises that no downtime will be experienced by users during this transition.
Additionally, the Currents mobile app will replace the Google+ for iOS and Android, as Google+ will no longer be supported after July 6, 2020, and it won't be possible to opt out of Currents or revert back to Google+.
How to Get Started with Google Currents
For existing Google+ users, no action is required, however, to ensure a smooth transition, it is recommended that the following actions be taken:
- Advise users to upgrade their iOS and Android Google+ mobile apps to Currents starting from July 6, 2020, as the Google+ mobile app will no longer be supported.
- Review the Guide for end users in order to get acquainted with the new Currents features and better support your users.
The super administrators will have the ability to enable certain moderation of content and administrative privileges for users in their organization.