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Introducing limits on file access requests in Team Drives

Starting today, in situations where a user is sent a link to a file in a Team Drive that they don’t have access to, we’ll only send the Request Access notification to the creator of the file, or a limited group of individuals who had relevant interaction with the Team Drive. We will no longer always send it to all members of the Team Drive.

This change not only helps to ensure that the members of your Team Drives aren’t receiving unnecessary emails, it also prevents unwanted oversharing of Team Drive content.

Please Note: We are continuing to add signals and improve the quality of our Request Access notifications so the members of your Team Drives can quickly gain access to content.

Launch Details
Release track:
Launching to both Rapid Release and Scheduled Release

Editions:
Available to G Suite Enterprise, Business, Nonprofit, and Education editions only

Rollout pace:
Full rollout (1–3 days for feature visibility)

Impact:
All end users

Action:
Change management suggested/FYI

More Information on how to use Team Drives
Help Center: Share files with Team Drives

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Search in the new Google Sites

Recently, we made it easier to surface content in the new Google Sites. Now we’re making it easier to find content on those sites. Going forward, users can simply click the magnifying glass in the top right corner of their screen and search across an entire site.


In addition, Google Cloud Search users will now see content from the new Google Sites in their Cloud Search results.


These improvements will allow Google Sites to better serve the needs of both site creators and viewers. Check out the Help Center for more details.

Launch Details
Release track:
Launching to both Rapid Release and Scheduled Release

Editions:
Search bar in the new Google Sites

  • Available to all G Suite editions

New Google sites appear in Google Cloud Search results

  • Available to G Suite Business and Enterprise editions only

Rollout pace:
Search bar in the new Google Sites

  • Full rollout (1–3 days for feature visibility)

New Google sites appear in Google Cloud Search results

  • Extended rollout (potentially longer than 15 days for feature visibility)

Impact:
All end users

Action:
Change management suggested/FYI

More Information
Help Center: Preview and publish your site on the web


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Set restrictions on what content people interact with and share on Google+

Google+ is a great tool for helping employees discover and engage with external content that can be relevant to work. From an administrative perspective, we’ve heard from you that having more controls around content and commenting rights for your users would be helpful. That’s why today, we’re making this possible by adding new content restriction settings in Google+.

To change Google+ sharing settings for a specific organizational unit (OU), you can go to Apps > G Suite > Google+ > Advanced Settings in the Admin console, where you can first select the appropriate OU.



Depending on your preferences and the needs of the people in that OU, you can then pick one of three options:

  • Public Mode - View/comment on internal and external content. This mode allows G Suite users to view/share/interact with content that is both inside and outside of the domain. This is similar to how Google+ operates today. This mode is best for specific OUs (e.g. those used for outward-facing roles like marketing and support) who should be able to interact with customers and external partners via Google+.
  • Private Mode - View/comment on internal content only. This setting offers the most control over Google+ activity, as it restricts G Suite users to viewing/sharing/interacting with only people inside their domain. Please note, G Suite users can still view content outside of their domain if they get a direct link or had joined/followed an external community/person/collection prior to being placed into this mode.
  • Hybrid Mode - View external content (e.g. industry news), but only engage with it internally. This setting offers moderate control over Google+ activity, as it allows G Suite users to view content outside their domain, but only share/interact with it internally.
The table below outlines what G Suite users can do under each setting:


Since these settings can be customized at the OU level, you’ll have the opportunity to differentiate permissions. For example, you can use the Public setting only for OUs that need to interact with people outside of the domain, whether that be the support team, marketing team, or others in customer-facing roles.

For more information on the impact to user experiences at each level of this setting, please review this Help Center article.

Launch Details
Release track:
Launching to both Rapid Release and Scheduled Release

Editions:
Available to all G Suite editions

Rollout pace:
Gradual rollout (up to 15 days for feature visibility)

Impact:
All end users

Action:
Admin action suggested/FYI

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Help Center: Manage Google+ content sharing

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See the status of a Gmail message after it’s been delivered

Using Gmail’s Email Log Search feature in the Admin console, G Suite admins can track the delivery of messages sent and received by users within their domain. Until now, admins had to reach out to end users directly or search their mailboxes to see the status of a message after it had been delivered. With this launch, that’s no longer necessary, as a message’s post-delivery status will be listed in Email Log Search results.


Going forward, to see the current location of an email, whether it’s been read or deleted, as well as any assigned labels, admins can simply expand the “Post-delivery message details” under “Recipient details” in an Email Log Search result. With this info, admins will be well-equipped to help users find missing messages.

A note about messages more than 30 days old
The date range search options for message delivery logs in Email Log Search are limited to 30 days. With this launch, we’re introducing a new date range field of “Older than 30 days.” Please bear in mind that this new field will only retrieve the post-delivery message details for messages received more than 30 days ago. It will not retrieve any other information.

Launch Details
Release track:
Launching to both Rapid Release and Scheduled Release

Editions:
Available to all G Suite editions

Rollout pace:
Full rollout (1–3 days for feature visibility)

Impact:
Admins only

Action:
Admin action suggested/FYI

More Information
Help Center: Interpret Email Log Search results
Help Center: View Email Log Search result details
Help Center: Track message delivery with Email Log Search
Help Center: Find missing messages with Email Log Search


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Search more intuitively using natural language processing in Google Cloud Search

(Cross-posted from The Keyword, with some additional details)

Earlier this year, we launched Google Cloud Search, a new G Suite tool that uses machine learning to help organizations find and access information quickly.

Just like in Google Search, which lets you search queries in a natural, intuitive way, we want to make it easy for you to find information in the workplace using everyday language. According to Gartner research, by 2018, 30 percent or more of enterprise search queries will start with a "what," "who," "how" or "when.”*

Today, we’re making it possible to use natural language processing (NLP) technology in Cloud Search so you can track down information—like documents, presentations or meeting details—fast.

Find information fast with Cloud Search

If you’re looking for a Google Doc, you’re more likely to remember who shared it with you than the exact name of a file. Now, you can use NLP technology, an intuitive way to search, to find information quickly in Cloud Search.

Type queries into Cloud Search using natural, everyday language. Ask questions like “Docs shared by Mary,” “Who’s Bob’s manager?” or “What docs need my attention?” and Cloud Search will show you answer cards with relevant information.



In addition to natural language processing, Cloud Search users will now see content from the new Google Sites in their Cloud Search results.

Having access to information quicker can help you make better and faster decisions in the workplace. If your organization runs on G Suite Business or Enterprise edition, start using Cloud Search now. If you’re new to Cloud Search, learn more on our website or check out this video to see it in action.






For more information on using Cloud Search, visit the Help Center.

*Gartner, ‘Insight Engines’ Will Power Enterprise Search That is Natural, Total and Proactive, 09 December 2015, refreshed 05 April 2017

Launch Details
Release track:
Launching to both Rapid Release and Scheduled Release

Editions:
Available to G Suite Business and Enterprise editions only

Rollout pace:
Full rollout (1–3 days for feature visibility)

Impact:
All end users

Action:
Change management suggested/FYI

More Information
Help Center: Use everyday words to search

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Search more intuitively using natural language processing in Google Cloud Search

(Cross-posted from The Keyword, with some additional details)

Earlier this year, we launched Google Cloud Search, a new G Suite tool that uses machine learning to help organizations find and access information quickly.

Just like in Google Search, which lets you search queries in a natural, intuitive way, we want to make it easy for you to find information in the workplace using everyday language. According to Gartner research, by 2018, 30 percent or more of enterprise search queries will start with a "what," "who," "how" or "when.”*

Today, we’re making it possible to use natural language processing (NLP) technology in Cloud Search so you can track down information—like documents, presentations or meeting details—fast.

Find information fast with Cloud Search

If you’re looking for a Google Doc, you’re more likely to remember who shared it with you than the exact name of a file. Now, you can use NLP technology, an intuitive way to search, to find information quickly in Cloud Search.

Type queries into Cloud Search using natural, everyday language. Ask questions like “Docs shared by Mary,” “Who’s Bob’s manager?” or “What docs need my attention?” and Cloud Search will show you answer cards with relevant information.



In addition to natural language processing, Cloud Search users will now see content from the new Google Sites in their Cloud Search results.

Having access to information quicker can help you make better and faster decisions in the workplace. If your organization runs on G Suite Business or Enterprise edition, start using Cloud Search now. If you’re new to Cloud Search, learn more on our website or check out this video to see it in action.






For more information on using Cloud Search, visit the Help Center.

*Gartner, ‘Insight Engines’ Will Power Enterprise Search That is Natural, Total and Proactive, 09 December 2015, refreshed 05 April 2017

Launch Details
Release track:
Launching to both Rapid Release and Scheduled Release

Editions:
Available to G Suite Business and Enterprise editions only

Rollout pace:
Full rollout (1–3 days for feature visibility)

Impact:
All end users

Action:
Change management suggested/FYI

More Information
Help Center: Use everyday words to search

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Export data from Google Vault in PST format

We know that many organizations add their data to e-discovery processing and review tools in Microsoft Personal Storage Table (PST) format. To save those businesses time and to make the process of producing and importing data easier, we’re now giving Vault admins the ability to export Gmail, Google Groups, and on-the-record Google Hangouts chat data in PST format.


For more information on exporting data from Vault, check out the Help Center articles below.

Launch Details
Release track:
Launching to both Rapid Release and Scheduled Release

Editions:
Available to G Suite Business, Enterprise, and Education editions, as well as G Suite Basic users with add-on Vault licenses

Rollout pace:
Full rollout (1–3 days for feature visibility)

Impact:
Admins only

Action:
Admin action suggested/FYI

More Information
Help Center: How Vault exports work
Help Center: Export search results


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Addresses, phone numbers, and contacts now converted to links in Gmail and Inbox to save users time

Gmail users often exchange information like addresses and phone numbers with each other to set up meetings, introduce colleagues, and plan events. Precious time can be lost by having to copy and paste this information from an email into other apps and websites, so we wanted to provide a better way to perform these tasks that also saves time. That’s why starting today, Gmail and Inbox by Gmail on Android, iOS, and the web will begin converting text to interactive hyperlinks whenever they detect phone numbers, addresses, and email addresses in emails.


How it works
Clicking an address link will take the user to Google Maps. Clicking an email address will compose a new email, using the user’s default email client. Finally, when using a mobile device, clicking a phone number will start a call request using the default phone app.



Launch Details
Release track:
Launching to both Rapid and Scheduled release

Editions:
Available to all G Suite editions

Rollout pace:
Full rollout (1–3 days for feature visibility)

Impact:
All end users

Action:
Change management suggested/FYI


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Reminder: Google Data Calendar Resource API shutting down on November 15th, 2017

In December 2015, we announced that we were replacing the Google Data (GDATA) Calendar Resource API with a new Calendar Resource API that’s part of the Admin SDK’s Directory API. Originally scheduled for January 2017, the formal shutdown of the GDATA Calendar Resource API will now take place on November 15th, 2017.

If you’re using an application that uses the old GDATA Calendar Resource API, or if you’ve used this API directly in your code, please consider switching to the latest version of the apps (after consulting the app developer) or update your code to use the new Calendar Resource API.


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