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G Suite News

This official feed from the G Suite team provides essential information about new features and improvements for G Suite customers.
  1. Over the past year, we’ve announced that Jamboard, our cloud-based, collaborative whiteboard, is available for purchase in an ever-growing list of countries such as the United States, Canada, UK, select parts of Europe, and Australia. We’re now expanding that list further, bringing Jamboard
  2. To create a more consistent, streamlined Google Contacts experience, we’re removing the embedded contacts feature in Gmail, which gives users access to their contacts from the top left corner of the UI. This feature doesn’t appear in the new version of Gmail that recently launched, and it will soon be removed from the old UI as well.

  3. In Gmail, replies to emails are grouped together as “conversations,” to make them easier to digest and follow. Some users, however, prefer to see each of their emails listed individually in their inbox. This is possible on the web by toggling “Conversation View” off in the Settings menu.

    We’re now bringing this same feature to the Gmail Android and iOS apps. If you currently have Conversation view turned off on the web, it will be turned off on your mobile app as well.

  4. We’re adding new tools to help admins identify suspicious activity and see the impact of security policy changes. G Suite admins have an important role in protecting their users’ accounts and ensuring their organization’s security. To succeed, they need visibility into user account actions. That’s why we’re adding reports in the G Suite Admin console that surface more information on user account activity.

    Monitor suspicious account behavior 

    G Suite admins can use the reports to audit and set alerts for critical user actions including:

    • Password changes 
    • Two-step verification enabling or disabling 
    • Account recovery info changes (phone number, security questions, and recovery email) 

  5. In October 2017, we announced the rollout of international Hangouts Meet dial-in phone numbers for G Suite Enterprise domains. This option helps your team to stay connected, wherever they are. We’ve added this functionality for eight additional countries (with more to come!):

    • Argentina (AR)
    • Bulgaria (BG)
    • El Salvador (SV)
    • Georgia (GE)
    • Iceland (IS)
    • Malta (MT)
    • Slovenia (SI)
    • Thailand (TH)
    For a complete list of currently supported countries, visit this Help Center article.

    Launch Details
  6. We launched the Google Vault API in 2017 so that customers could integrate Vault with the other tools and processes critical to their business. We’re now improving the API by making it possible to programmatically create and manage exports, in addition to legal matters and holds.

    With this launch, you can use the Google Vault API to:
    • create an export—send a request to export messages and files that match your criteria.
    • list exports—retrieve the status of all exports associated with a matter.
    • get an export—retrieve the status of an export anytime, and if the export is completed, download that export using the standard
  7. You can already control the Apps Script projects that run in your organization using the G Suite API permissions settings located in the Admin console (at Security > API Permissions). Using these settings, you can block applications that request access to certain APIs—unless you’ve specifically whitelisted them. App Maker apps, add-ons, and scripts that request certain OAuth scopes (like Gmail, Calendar, Drive, etc.) are just some of the Apps Scripts projects that these settings control.

    Now you can also control access to projects that request the following scopes:
    • Apps Script Runtime - Control access to projects that request certain high-risk scopes specific to Apps Script projects (e.g. UrlFetch, Container UI).
    • Apps Script API- Control access to any project (e.g. Apps Script, GCP,
  8. We want to help organizations make the best use of their space. To do that, we’re consolidating all features related to managing buildings and resources in a single dedicated place in the Admin console. We’re also introducing two new tools, room release and room insights, to help you understand your organization’s resource utilization and optimize occupancy.

    A single destination for building and resource management
    All features related to managing buildings and rooms are now united in a new and more prominent entry point in the Admin console called “Buildings and resources.” You can access this directly from the home screen or via Directory > Buildings and Resources in the navigation menu.

  9. We’re adding a feature in the Admin console that can alert admins if we believe a user’s account has been targeted by a government-backed attack. If an admin chooses to turn the feature on, an email alert (to admins) is triggered when we believe a government-backed attacker has likely attempted to access a user’s account or computer through phishing, malware, or another method. It does not necessarily mean that the account has been compromised or that there was a widespread attack on an organization.

    Admins can turn the feature on and off, choose to share information about the alert with others, and help secure the user’s account. Specifically admins can:

    • Turn alerts on or off. 
      • By default, no alerts will be sent. Admins can choose to

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  11. Last year, we introduced a new resource for admins: What’s new in G Suite? Don’t forget to visit the page regularly for a list of the most recent launches across G Suite.

    Feedback? Let us know.
  12. We’re making it easier to embed Google+ streams in the new Google Sites. This feature is a top request from users who want to create more interactive and engaging sites. The launch will help you:

    • Increase the social aspect of sites.Users can see all the posts, photos, comments, and other content that they’d see with the full G+ experience. 
    • Enable free-flowing communication.Users can add comments, +1s, and more to the G+ content directly from the site. 
    • Keep content fresh. Users can avoid duplicate content management by having G+ updates appear automatically in sites. 

    How embedded G+ streams work 

    You can embed many types of G+ post streams in your Google Sites pages. Specifically, you can embed a top-level community page, a community category page, a collection page, a search results
  13. Rescheduling in Google Calendar just got easier. We’re introducing a new feature that enables more efficient meeting scheduling. Now, each guest invited to a meeting can propose a new time and the organizer can easily review and accept time proposals. This allows for richer communication between attendees, reduces time spent on meeting practicalities, and makes meetings more productive with key stakeholders in attendance.

    When a user is invited to a Calendar event, they can respond “Yes,” “No,” Maybe,” and now, “Propose a new time.” If calendar access permissions have been granted, guests can see the other attendees' availability side by side, so they can suggest a time that works for everyone.

  14. Update (July 27, 2018) - While we previewed this feature as part of our Google Cloud Next 2018 conference agenda, it's not quite ready to launch yet. Keep an eye on the G Suite Updates blog andG Suite release calendar to know when it will be available to G Suite customers.

    We’re adding a new feature to Google Drive that lets you see when other people are editing files in Microsoft Office products. This will help you
  15. We’re improving how search works in Google Drive. When you click in the search box, you’ll now see a range of options. Click on an option to quickly perform a search with a relevant filter applied. You may see:

    • Your top collaborators.Click on a person to search for files that you’ve collaborated with them on. 
    • Suggested search queries.Click on a term to search for it. 
    • File types, edit history, priority items, and more.Click to show files that match the highlighted criteria. 
  16. (Cross-posted from The Keyword)

    In 1958, U.S. corporations remained on the S&P 500 index for an average of 61 years, according to the American Enterprise Foundation. Fast forward to today and companies are being replaced approximately every two weeks. In this rapidly changing market, traditional companies are looking for ways to stay competitive and more and more enterprises, including Nielsen, Colgate and Airbus, are turning to G Suite to help them reimagine how they work to keep pace.

    We know that enterprises want to move to cloud-first collaboration to transform how they work, but, understandably, they have questions about how to make it work in a
  17. We launched an Early Adopter Program (EAP) for the new Gmail in April to help businesses work safer, smarter, and more efficiently. We’re now making the new Gmail generally available so that more businesses can take advantage of its innovative features, like snooze, nudging, offline access, and more.

    Take advantage of helpful features, like snooze, nudging, offline, and more

    As announced in April, the new Gmail features a brand-new UI alongside several features designed to help you better manage your email (and your time). For example, in the new Gmail you can:
  18. We introduced Cloud Search a year ago to allow teams to search quickly and easily across all of their company’s content in G Suite, from Gmail and Drive to Docs, Sheets, Slides, Calendar and more. We’re now announcing a significant expansion to the capabilities of Cloud Search that will help your organization get the speed, performance, and quality of Google Search across all of your content systems.

    With new third-party indexing capabilities, Cloud Search can now intelligently and securely index your data beyond G Suite, whether it is stored in the cloud or on-premise. We’re excited to have 15 launch partners on board, including SADA, Onix and Accenture, and we’ll be adding more in the future.


  19. Because over-the-phone collaboration is a critical part of the modern workplace, we’re expanding our meeting solution beyond just messaging and video and introducing an enterprise telephony offering with the Google Voice for G Suite Early Adopter Program (Beta).

    Google Voice for G Suite gives you a phone number that isn’t tied to a device, so you can place and
  20. We’re making it easy for G Suite Enterprise customers to move G Suite reporting and audit data from the Admin console to Google BigQuery. This can help you create highly customizable, comprehensive, and scalable reports to audit and analyze G Suite usage and adoption.

    A new G Suite reporting option 

    The Admin console already includes robust reporting to deliver insights from G Suite apps and their usage. This includes information in the Admin console’s “Reports” section, as well as the Reports API. However, some users need a more scalable solution to extract and analyze their information, which is why we’re adding the connection to BigQuery. You may want to
  21. We’re publishing an add-on for Google Sheets to connect with Salesforce.

    You can use it to import data and reports from Salesforce into Sheets, and to push updates you make in Sheets back to Salesforce. This seamless integration will help your users optimize workflows and reduce duplicate work between the two products.

    For example, your Finance team could use the add-on to perform an in-depth forecast based on all current deals in the pipeline. The add-on would pull all data from the relevant Salesforce report into Sheets, where Finance team members could then use other powerful Sheets features, such as Explore, pivot tables, or macro recorder. Or the Sales team could use the add-on to import the details of their accounts from Salesforce and use Sheets to do a bulk update that
  22. We're introducing two new Google Sheets integrations to make it easier to analyze your data. We’re opening a Beta program for a data connector that dynamically connects Sheets with BigQuery. We’re also announcing the general availability of an integration with SAP ERP that enables teams to seamlessly pull their business data into Sheets.

    We hope that these features will make powerful business data more accessible through Sheets’ familiar, intelligent, and collaborative interface. By freeing data from large databases that need analytical experts to query it or from specialized software that not everyone has access to, we can help you get more insight into your business and make better, data-driven decisions.

    Easier and better big data collaboration with Sheets and BigQuery integration Beta 

    BigQuery can provide powerful
  23. (Cross-posted from The Keyword)

    Over the last decade we’ve witnessed the maturation of G Suite—from the introduction of Gmail and Google Docs to more recent advancements in AI and machine learning that are powering, and protecting, the world's email. Now, more than 4 million paying businesses are using our suite to reimagine how they work, and companies like Whirlpool, Nielsen, BBVA and Broadcom are among the many who choose G Suite to move faster, better connect their teams and advance their competitive edge.

    In the past year, our team has worked hard to offer nearly 300 new capabilities for G Suite users. Today, we’re excited to share some of the new ways organizations can use G Suite to focus on creative work and move their business forward—keep an eye
  24. We’re launching an Early Adopter Program (EAP) for a new “investigation tool” in the G Suite security center. It will help G Suite admins and security analysts identify, triage, and remediate security threats within their organization. This tool builds on the existing capabilities in the security center to help admins: 

    • Identify security issues within the domain using advanced search capability. 
    • Triage threats targeting users, devices, or data. 
    • Take bulk actions to limit the propagation and impact of threats. 

  25. Our globally distributed data centers reduce latency for multinational organizations and protect their data with geo redundancy. Some organizations, however, have requirements around where their data is stored, and we’re committed to meeting their needs. As a first step toward that commitment, we’re making it possible for G Suite Business, Enterprise, and Enterprise for Education customers to designate the region in which primary data for select G Suite apps is stored when at rest—globally, in the US, or in Europe.