Google Apps has a feature to monitor users' password strength and notify administrator about it. Google help says:

View the length of each user's password along with a graph showing its relative strength based on other criteria. The graph's indicators can assess password strength upon user login. The indicators change over time in relation to your password length requirements and common passwords known to be vulnerable.

Does the fact that indicators change over time means that Google actually keeps plain-text version of the passwords?

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No, and the documentation you quote demonstrates that. Specifically:

...The graph's indicators can assess password strength upon user login...

If they need the user to log in in order to assess the password strength, that's because that is the only time when they have the password in a form they can examine. That precludes them from storing it in plaintext (or encrypted using a key they know) which would allow them to examine it at any time.

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