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New Contacts display. (Credit: G Suite)

Google announced that it's planning to completely replace its old G Suite Contacts with a newer version over the next few months.

The update looks less like Google's red-themed Gmail and more like the minimalist interface of Outlook.

The new Google Contacts has been in the works since 2015. The company said the new Contacts will be the only version available to users after February 12, 2019, and the change will take place in three stages.

1. Changes to admin-controlled defaults

Users should see the first updates this month. G Suite plans to change the admin control settings for new contacts.

New users will be moved to new Contacts, but can opt out. G Suite said if new Contacts preview is enabled, there won't be any change for your users.

"None of your users will be automatically upgraded to new Contacts, but all users will be able to opt in to new Contacts individually if they choose," the company wrote.

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2. All users upgraded to new Contacts

In January, new Contacts will become the default version and G Suite will remove the Admin console setting.

All old Contacts users will be switched over to new Contacts, but they'll have the option to still use old Contacts.

3. Old Contacts turns off

The old Contacts version will retire on February 12, 2019, and anyone still using it will be upgraded automatically to new Contacts.

"There will be no option to use the old version," Google said of the G Suite transition.

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Old Contacts display. (Credit: G Suite.)

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Takeaways

  1. Google announced that by November 2019, the new G Suite Contacts will be the only option for businesses to use.
  2. Over the next few months, Google will slowly get users used to the new G Suite Contacts before completely disabling the old version.

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