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Introducing release notes for Drive File Stream and Backup and Sync

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 G Suite Updates Blog as well.


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Shutting down classic Google Calendar Interop tool on February 28, 2018

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 attendees.
  • Interoperability-related logs in the reporting section in Admin console so that admins can track interoperability-related successes and failures for each user.
As we continue to provide more features for the new Calendar Interop tool, we will be shutting down the classic version of Calendar Interop on February 28, 2018. Organizations that have previously configured the classic version of the Calendar Interop tool must switch to the new version of Calendar Interop by this date. If not, their existing Calendar Interop functionality will stop working and their users will not be able to look up availability information for any users within their Exchange deployment.

To make this switch easier, we have prepared the following detailed instructions in the Help Center: Move from the classic tool to new Calendar Interop.

With the transition to the new Calendar Interop tool, you and your users will experience a better coexistence across G Suite and Microsoft Exchange and Office 365 environments.

Launch Details
Impact:
All end users

Action:
Admin action suggested/FYI

More Information
Help Center: Move from the classic tool to new Calendar Interop
G Suite Updates: Improvements to Google Calendar Interop for Microsoft Exchange, with real time data, logging, and simpler setup

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Changing how you view photos and videos in Google Drive

Today in Google Drive you can view your Google Photos directly via a tab in the left navigation and from folders within My Drive.



In early January 2018, we will simplify Drive navigation by removing the Google Photos tab. You can continue to access your photos and videos in Drive by creating a Google Photos folder in My Drive. Learn more in the Help Center.



You can still access your photos and videos in Google Photos on the web, Android, and iOS.

Launch Details
Release track:
Launching to both Rapid Release and Scheduled Release in early January 2018.
Please monitor the G Suite release calendar for a specific launch date.

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 Google Photos works with Google Drive

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Committed to storage APIs, retiring Realtime API

(Cross-posted from the G Suite Developers Blog)

Posted by Paul McReynolds, Product Manager, G Suite Developer Platform

We launched Google Realtime API in 2013 to help developers build collaborative apps using familiar JSON-based data models, while leaving the complexities of real-time synchronization to the API. Since then, we've developed other fast, flexible cloud-based storage solutions like Google Cloud SQL and Google Cloud Firestore. As a result, we’ve decided to deprecate Realtime API in favor of these new, powerful solutions.

We’re investing heavily in Google Cloud Platform, as well as Firebase—our mobile development platform—to help developers build scalable, performant applications. While these solutions aren't a direct analog to the Drive Realtime API, we're confident they can meet most of your needs:

  • Google Cloud SQL: Fully-managed database service that makes it easy to set up, maintain, manage, and administer your relational PostgreSQL and MySQL databases in the cloud.
  • Firebase Realtime Database: Cloud-hosted NoSQL database that lets you store and sync data between your users in real-time.
  • Cloud Firestore: We recently announced Cloud Firestore to help developers build responsive apps that work regardless of network latency or Internet connectivity. If you're curious about Firebase Realtime Database vs. Cloud Firestore, we've got you covered.

Existing Realtime API client applications will continue to work normally until December 11, 2018, but we are no longer accepting new clients of the API. After the API is decommissioned, to facilitate migration, we will continue to provide a mechanism for applications to access document contents as JSON.

More specific deprecation timelines
We know developers and partners have come to rely on Realtime API and that migration may be a significant effort. We hope that the deprecation timelines summarized below allow for a smooth transition.

  • November 28, 2017: Realtime API is no longer available for new projects.*
  • December 11, 2018: Realtime API documents become read-only, and attempts to modify document contents using the API fail.
  • January 15, 2019: Realtime API is shut down, but a JSON export API remains available.

*Projects which accessed the Realtime API prior to November 28, 2017, (including your projects listed below) will continue to function as before. All other projects, including new projects, will be blocked from accessing the Realtime API.

Migration tips
Applications using the Realtime API will need to migrate to another data store. Our migration guide provides instructions on how to export Realtime document data and also how that data can be imported into Google Cloud Firestore. After Realtime API is shut down, we will continue to provide a means for exporting Realtime document contents as JSON.

Additional information and support
You can read more about the deprecation in our documentation. If you have questions that aren’t answered there, see the support page for how to get help.


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Shutdown of GData Admin Settings API now planned for October 31st, 2018

In August 2016, we announced the deprecation and future shutdown of the GData Admin Settings API. Based on customer feedback, we’ve decided to delay that shutdown until October 31st, 2018

Some GData Admin Settings API functionality will be replaced with an Admin SDK counterpart, while other features will be discontinued. The following table summarizes which features will be retained (and where to access replacement functionality), and which won’t:


Admin Settings API
Endpoint
Post-deprecation replacement (if any)
no replacement / discontinued
no replacement / discontinued
no replacement / discontinued
no replacement / discontinued
no replacement / discontinued
All endpoints
no replacement / discontinued
All endpoints
no replacement from Google / any publicly available domain verification APIs can be used
All endpoints
replacement API coming by October 31st, 2018
All endpoints
no replacement / discontinued


To summarize, the GData Admin Settings API has been deprecated but will remain operational until October 31st, 2018, to give developers time to migrate. On October 31st, 2018, this deprecated API will be shut down. At that time, all calls to the API and any features in your applications that depend on it will no longer work. Please migrate as soon as possible.

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