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This official feed from the G Suite team provides essential information about new features and improvements for G Suite customers.
  1. When we launched Drive File Stream last year, we announced that the Drive desktop sync client for Mac and PC—a feature officially known as “Google Drive for Mac/PC”—would shut down completely on March 12th, 2018. In response to your feedback, we’re delaying that shutdown date to May 12th, 2018.

    We encourage enterprise organizations still using Drive for Mac/PC to transition to Drive File Stream. For non-G Suite users, we recommend Backup and Sync. For more information on choosing the right sync solution for your users, check out this Help Center guide.

    To help with the
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  2. Hangouts Meet helps you connect with your team from anywhere with easy-to-join video calls. We’re introducing new features to help you and your teams maximize how they collaborate.

    Hangouts Meet metrics added to G Suite Reports API

    To help you better understand Hangouts Meet usage within your domain, we’re introducing more than 50 new metrics in the Reports API Customer Usage report. These new metrics provide details on the duration, size, and device-specific characteristics of the Meet calls across your organization.

    This will give you insights on how to improve your organization’s collaboration and productivity with Meet. You can learn more about
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  3. Based on usage data and your feedback, we’re making some changes to the menus and toolbars in Google Docs and Slides on the web. These are similar to some previous changes we made and will make it easier to find certain items. Among other things, these changes include:

    To add a line or page break in Docs:

    To add Alt text to a shape in Docs or Slides:
    • Before:
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  4. (Cross-posted from The Keyword)

    Reena Nadkarni, Group Product Manager, G Suite
    Chad Tyler, Product Manager, Security Center


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  5. We’re launching a new side navigation menu which will make it easier to see, find, and directly navigate to the information and settings in your Admin console.

    This change has several advantages, including:

    Easily scan more logical menu options 

    We’ve grouped menu options based on how our customers use them to create a logical multi-layered menu. This makes the menu shorter and more scannable, helping you find things quickly.
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  6. 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 nine additional countries: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Finland, Ireland, Norway, Romania, Switzerland and Turkey.

    The current list of included countries (with more to come!) is:

    • Australia (AU)
    • Austria (AT)
    • Belgium (BE)
    • Brazil (BR)
    • Canada (CA)
    • Czech Republic (CZ)
    • Denmark (DK)
    • Finland (FI)
    • France (FR)
    • Germany (DE)
    • Ireland (IE)
    • Italy (IT)
    • Netherlands (NL)
    • New Zealand (NZ)
    • Norway (NO)
    • Poland (PL)
    • Romania
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  7. The Data Studio team has been hard at work launching some new features, including clearer tables, colorful numbers, and more ways to visualize your data. Let's take a look at the highlights:
    Need to narrow down a large data set? Pivot Tables take the rows in a standard table and pivot them so they become columns. This lets you reorganize metrics and dimensions, and group and summarize the data in ways a standard table can't provide. Pivot tables also help you analyze relationships between data points that might otherwise be
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  8. 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.
  9. We want to make sure our products work well for everyone. That’s why, as part of our ongoing accessibility initiatives, we’re launching new features for Google Sheets, Slides, and Drawings. Specifically, we’re adding Braille support in Google Sheets, and screen magnifier support in Google Slides and Drawings.

    Use Google Sheets with Braille displays

    You can already use Braille displays to read and edit text in Docs, Slides and Drawings. Now we’re adding Braille support to Sheets as well. You’ll be able to use a Braille display to read and edit cell contents as well as navigate between cells in a sheet. At the moment, Braille support in Sheets will only be available on Chrome OS with the ChromeVox screen reader. We’re working to add support for other platforms and screen readers.

    See our Help Center to find out ...
  10. You can now search for content in a specific folder in Google Drive. Select the drop-down in the search bar and choose the folder you want from the Location menu, or right-click on a folder and search within that folder. Only folders that are within your My Drive or within Team Drives can be searched; if you have a folder that is shared with you, first add the folder to your My Drive.

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  11. Managing the secure and efficient flow of email is critical to any organization’s success, but it can be a massive undertaking for a G Suite admin. To make this effort a bit easier, we’re introducing three new Gmail privileges that G Suite super admins can grant to other users—without needing to give them super admin status: (1) Email Log Search, (2) Access Admin Quarantine, and (3) Access Restricted Quarantines.

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  12. We recently launched Gmail Add-ons, which allow you to work with your favorite business apps—directly from Gmail. To make it super easy for users to access these helpful tools, we’ve now made it possible for G Suite admins to install Gmail Add-ons for their entire domains. To install an Add-on, click the Settings gear icon in Gmail and select “Get add-ons.” For additional info, see the Help Center.

    New Google Calendar web UI to begin automatically upgrading users on January 8th, 2018
    In October 2017, we announced a new user interface (UI) for Google Calendar on the web. As a reminder, admins have several options for how their users will transition to this new UI.

    On January 8th for Rapid Release domains (and January 15th for Scheduled Release domains), we’ll begin auto-upgrading users whose domains are set to the automatic (default) rollout option.

    In this phase, users will still have the option to opt out of the new UI until February 28th, 2018, when all users will be fully upgraded.

    Please note, any individual users who had manually opted out of the new web UI previously will not be upgraded until February 5th.

    Additionally, while this opt-out phase does not impact domains whose
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  13. Check out the latest "What's New in G Suite" launch recap [pdf] for a roundup of all G Suite launches from December 2017.

    Archive &
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  14. When auto-provisioning is enabled for a supported third-party application, any users created, modified, or deleted in G Suite are automatically added, edited, or deleted in the third-party application as well. This feature is highly popular with admins, as it removes the overhead of managing users across multiple third-party SaaS applications.

    We’ve heard continued positive feedback from admins, so we’re adding auto-provisioning support for eight new applications: Amazon Web Services, DocuSign, Evernote, GoToMeeting, Office 365, SAP Cloud Platform Identity Authentication, Sugar, and Zendesk.

    Customers subscribed to G Suite Education, G Suite Business, and G Suite Enterprise editions can enable user auto-provisioning in all supported applications. Customers on G Suite Basic, G Suite Government, and G Suite Nonprofit can configure auto-provisioning for up to three applications from the ...
  15. Controlling the settings for your domain, and the organizational units (OUs) within it, is a critical part of being a G Suite admin. We’re now making that easier with changes to the apps settings list page in the Admin console.

    Navigating to Apps > G Suite will now list out your domain’s available G Suite core apps with a cleaner look and feel. Also on this page you’ll see a new panel on the left-hand side where you can toggle between app management at the domain or OU level.

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  16. We recently introduced the new Google Calendar experience on the web, including the ability to add more structured data about your buildings and resources. We’re now making it easier to add and edit that information with updates to the existing Calendar Resources API, as well as adding two new APIs: Buildings and Features.

    G Suite admins can also use these APIs to keep resource and building information in Google Calendar up to date and in sync with other systems used for facility management.

    For more information on the Calendar Resources APIs, check out the API documentation and Help Center links below.

    Launch Details
    Release track:
    Launching to both Rapid Release and Scheduled Release
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  17. With Single-Sign-On (SSO), users can access all of their enterprise cloud applications—including the Admin console for admins—after signing in just one time. Google supports the two most popular enterprise SSO standards, OpenID Connect and SAML, and there are more than 800 applications with pre-integrated SSO support in our third-party apps catalog already.

    We’re now adding SAML integration for 11 additional applications: &frankly, Bonusly, HelloSign, Salsify, Sequr, Small Improvements, SpaceIQ, StatusHub, Symantec Web Security Service (WSS), ThousandEyes, and PurelyHR.

    You can find our full list of pre-integrated applications, as well as instructions for installing them, in the Help Center.

    Note that apart from the pre-integrated SAML
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  18. The Google Apps Device Policy app enforces your organization’s security policies on employees’ managed Android devices, protecting them and making them safer. If a security policy is violated, it’s especially important to ensure that corporate data isn’t accessible on that device until it’s once again compliant.


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  19. Google Mobile Management allows G Suite admins to control access to company data on managed devices directly from the Admin console. With this launch, we’re giving admins increased power to protect their organizations’ data by preventing their users from syncing corporate data on jailbroken iOS devices.

    Admins can enable this feature in the Admin console under Device Management > Advanced Settings > Security. Note that this feature is off by default and requires an organization to have Advanced Mobile Management for iOS enabled in order to turn on.

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  20. We’re making some changes to the menus and toolbars in Google Docs and Slides on the web. These changes will make it easier to find certain items and increase consistency across Docs and Slides. Among other things, you’ll notice the following:
    • In Docs and Slides, “Lists” in the Format menu has been renamed “Bullets and numbering.”
    • In Docs and Slides, “Show spelling suggestions” has been renamed “Spelling” and moved from the View menu to the Tools menu.
    • In Docs, “Document outline” has been renamed “Show document outline” and moved from the Tools menu to the View menu.
    • In Slides, “Import slides” has been removed from the Insert menu.
    See below for some examples of the revamped toolbars and menus.

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  21. We know how valuable templates can be to a company—they save employees’ precious time, ensure that their work product looks professional, and increase brand consistency across their materials. That’s why we’ve spent the last several months working with partner experts to develop templates in four new categories:

    1. Project Management in Sheets, in partnership with Smartsheet

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  22. Earlier this year, we announced additions to Google+ metrics to better understand user activity and community-level metrics. We’re continuing this effort to manage Google+ communities by introducing Google+ community metrics, surfaced in two places: the Admin console and in the Google+ community dashboard.

    Metrics for community owners and moderators

    First, community owners and moderators can now see new membership and engagement statistics about their community using the new "Insights" tab. If they’d like more information on a particular metric, mousing over it will provide additional context to help with interpreting the data.

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  23. Earlier this year, we launched Drive File Stream and Backup and Sync to help users in your organization more easily access files on their desktop computers. Many of you asked for a way to keep track of the changes to those two products. In response to your feedback, we’re now publishing regular release notes for both Drive File Stream and Backup and Sync on the Help Center. These release notes should help you stay on top of the additions and improvements made to each new version of the two products. We’ll continue to announce major changes on the ...
  24. In July 2017, we announced the release of the new version of the Calendar Interop tool, which allows for better coexistence between G Suite and Microsoft Exchange, including Office 365, environments. 

    This new version of Calendar Interop provides the following benefits:

    • Real-time availability lookups between G Suite and Microsoft Exchange and Office 365 within the same organization on both mobile and web.
    • A new interoperability troubleshooting tool that allows administrators to understand the status of the setup with one click.
    • Use Google Calendar Find A Time on the web, Android, and iOS to find the best meeting time for all
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