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Discounted price of Jamboard devices for Education domains

Jamboard is designed to make learning a more interactive and engaging experience through real-time, peer-to-peer collaboration. With its online platform for shared problem solving and ideation, Jamboard has been bringing collaboration to new heights in the classroom. To help make this technology more accessible to educational institutions, we’re offering a new, discounted price for Jamboard, specifically for G Suite for Education domains.

G Suite for Education customers in the United States are now eligible to purchase a Jamboard for a one-time cost of $5600. This price also covers:

  • A single management and support fee payment of $600 with no repeating annual payment
  • A wall mount (a rolling stand can be purchased as an optional extra)
  • Two styluses
  • An eraser
G Suite for Education customers who have already purchased Jamboards will qualify for the one-time management and support fee program.

While all devices come with a free one-year warranty, our partner BenQ is offering an optional three-year warranty at a discounted rate. See here for details.

To purchase a Jamboard at this newly discounted price, email jamboard-sales@google.com or contact your reseller. For more information on these new prices, please reference this guide.

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Available to G Suite for Education editions only

Impact:
Admins only

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Jamboard now available for purchase in Australia and New Zealand

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, the UK, and select parts of Europe. We’re now expanding that list further, bringing Jamboard to Australia and New Zealand.

G Suite customers in Australia and New Zealand can now purchase Jamboard for $7,999 (AUD), which includes two styluses, an eraser, and a wall mount. See the table below for pricing.

Keep in mind that a G Suite license is required to use Jamboard so that you can access files from Drive, use them in your brainstorms, and come back to your work later.



G Suite customers based in Australia and New Zealand can contact their Google Cloud sales rep, our distributor, BenQ, or visit our website to learn more about how to start jamming with colleagues today.

Additional information about Jamboard
In addition to the Jamboard device, the Jamboard app is available on Android and iOS for all G Suite customers. When used on a tablet, the Jamboard app allows users to experience similar features as they would on the Jamboard device. On a smartphone, the app functions as a companion for the Jamboard device.

Usage of the Jamboard app is controlled by a service on/off switch in the Admin console, and is off by default.

Check out the Help Center for more information, including an FAQ section.

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Release track:
Jamboard devices now available for purchase in Australia and New Zealand

Editions:
G Suite Basic, Business, Enterprise, and Education customers

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Admins only

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Google Tasks to launch as a G Suite core service on June 28, 2018

Earlier this year, we introduced an all-new version of Tasks―where you can keep track of your daily tasks, organize multiple lists, and track important deadlines with mobile and web applications―to the G Suite product offering. On June 28, 2018, Tasks will launch as a standalone G Suite core service. Since Tasks was previously available as a feature of Gmail and Calendar to all domains, Tasks will launch ON by default, but it can be turned off at any time in the Admin console under Apps > G Suite.

As a G Suite core service, Tasks will be covered under your existing G Suite agreement and will offer the same technical support and service level commitments as any other core service.



Launch Details
Release track:
Launching to both Rapid Release and Scheduled Release on June 28, 2018

Editions:
Available to all G Suite editions

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

Impact:
All end users

Action:
Admin action suggested/FYI

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Help Center:Turn Tasks on and off for users
Help Center: How to use Google Tasks
The Keyword: With new security and intelligent features, the new Gmail means business

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Expanding the Hangouts Meet ecosystem

At InfoComm in Las Vegas last week, we announced our partnership with Pexip to allow seamless compatibility between Hangouts Meet and other video conferencing systems like Skype for Business, Polycom, and Cisco. With this new interoperability, your team can walk into a meeting room outfitted with Hangouts Meet hardware and join a call with clients, vendors, or partners joining from another platform.

In addition to being compatible with other video conferencing software, it’s important that your meeting rooms are compatible with the hardware you need for your meetings. That’s why we’ve created a peripheral qualification program featuring cameras, audio devices, and cables certified for use with Hangouts Meet hardware. Through this program, Google’s partner lab tests the peripherals for quality, reliability, and interoperability. Qualified peripherals will get automatic, over-the-air firmware updates.

We’re constantly adding more great devices to the Hangouts Meet ecosystem. Beginning with ChromeOS version 69, the Logitech MeetUp will be a certified camera and speakerphone. Featuring a 120° field-of-view and integrated audio optimized for huddle room acoustics, the MeetUp is perfect for small video conferencing spaces. Like all certified peripherals, the MeetUp will receive over-the-air firmware updates from the Hangouts Meet Chromebox to ensure it is always up to date and improving over time.

In addition to cameras and speakermics, partners like Lindy and Newnex have joined our ecosystem to bring the highest quality USB 3.0 extenders and hubs to the meeting room. As officially qualified peripherals, these devices help you scale your meetings to spaces of all shapes and sizes.

Learn more about Hangouts Meet hardware here, or find details about the qualification program and certified devices in the Help Center.

Launch Details
Release track:
All features launching to both Rapid Release and Scheduled Release

Editions:
Available to all G Suite editions

Impact:
All end users

Action:
Change management suggested/FYI

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The Keyword blog: Bring teams together with new G Suite integrations

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A new look for Google sign-in screens on June 14th

In 2014, we introduced Material Design, a visual language that helps developers create intuitive and beautiful products. Since then, we’ve steadily updated our G Suite apps to adhere to Material principles. Next week, we’ll bring this same design to Google sign-in screens.

Starting on June 14th, 2018, you may notice that when you sign in to your G Suite account, the screen looks slightly different. Some of the changes will include tweaks to the Google logo, an outline around the text field, and center alignment of all items on the screen. See below for before and after images.

Current Google sign-in screen with left-aligned text

Current Google sign-in screen

New Google sign-in screen with center-aligned text

New Google sign-in screen

If necessary, please provide your users advance notice of these changes.

Launch Details
Release track:
Launching to both Rapid Release and Scheduled Release on June 14th, 2018

Editions:
Available to all G Suite editions

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

Impact:
All end users

Action:
Change management suggested/FYI


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Google Mobile Management support for Hangouts Meet on iOS

On June 19th, 2018, Google Mobile Management will begin rolling out support for Hangouts Meet on iOS. Currently, G Suite users in domains with advanced mobile device management enabled can use the Hangouts Meet iOS app without first installing the device policy profile. Following the launch, these users will be required to install the device policy profile (if they haven’t already) in order to continue using Hangouts Meet on their iOS devices.

Impacts iOS users without device policy profile only
This only impacts iOS users who don’t already have the device policy profile installed. If your organization currently has advanced MDM enabled, your users would have been required to download the device policy profile in order to access Gmail, Calendar, and other Google apps on their iOS devices.

Notifications to users
Starting on June 19th, iOS users who try to access Hangouts Meet will see a notification prompting them to install a security profile. This notification will only appear for users on Hangouts Meet v16.0 and above; users can upgrade to this version starting on June 4th.


Users on older versions of Hangouts Meet will be able to sign in to the app, but they’ll be unable to perform critical functions (e.g. to view and join meetings). They should upgrade to v16.0 so that they receive the prompt and can install the required device policy profile.

Launch Details
Release track:
Launching to both Rapid Release and Scheduled Release on June 19th, 2018

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

More Information
Help Center: How the device policy profile works


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