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Create and edit objects in jams on your mobile phone

Building off of the recent improvements to the Jamboard app for your mobile phone, the latest Jamboard release allows you to do even more on the go with your phone. We’re also making it easier to move content between frames on your Jamboard device.

Create and edit objects in jams on your mobile phone
Creating and collaborating on jams just got even easier. You can now use the Jamboard app on your Android and iOS phones to:
  • Create jams
  • Move/scale/rotate objects
  • Move objects to adjacent frames
  • Delete and duplicate objects
  • Undo/redo changes
  • Edit sticky notes
  • Zoom in and out, and pan
  • And more...
Move objects to other frames via the frame bar on your Jamboard device
In addition, for quicker editing within jams, you can now move objects to other frames easily via the frame bar at the top of your Jamboard device screen.


For a full list of new features and improvements from this month’s release, check out the What’s New in Jamboard page in the Help Center.

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

Editions:
Available to all G Suite Basic, Business, Enterprise, and Education* customers

*G Suite for Education customers will need to satisfy certain requirements in order to purchase Jamboard devices. See the Help Center FAQ for more information.

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

Impact:
All end users

Action:
Change management suggested/FYI

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Create and edit objects in jams on your mobile phone

Building off of the recent improvements to the Jamboard app for your mobile phone, the latest Jamboard release allows you to do even more on the go with your phone. We’re also making it easier to move content between frames on your Jamboard device.

Create and edit objects in jams on your mobile phone
Creating and collaborating on jams just got even easier. You can now use the Jamboard app on your Android and iOS phones to:
  • Create jams
  • Move/scale/rotate objects
  • Move objects to adjacent frames
  • Delete and duplicate objects
  • Undo/redo changes
  • Edit sticky notes
  • Zoom in and out, and pan
  • And more...
Move objects to other frames via the frame bar on your Jamboard device
In addition, for quicker editing within jams, you can now move objects to other frames easily via the frame bar at the top of your Jamboard device screen.


For a full list of new features and improvements from this month’s release, check out the What’s New in Jamboard page in the Help Center.

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

Editions:
Available to all G Suite Basic, Business, Enterprise, and Education* customers

*G Suite for Education customers will need to satisfy certain requirements in order to purchase Jamboard devices. See the Help Center FAQ for more information.

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

Impact:
All end users

Action:
Change management suggested/FYI

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New languages now supported in Google Docs and Slides files, as well as Docs editors templates

No matter where you or your customers or colleagues are located, we want to make sure Google Docs and Slides work for you at work. That’s why we’re expanding the font catalogue in Docs and Slides to support 62 languages, including non-Latin scripts like Cyrillic and Devanagari (with more coming soon!).

To find these new fonts and others, simply click More fonts at the bottom of the Fonts menu. There you’ll also find suggested fonts, based on your document’s language.


In addition, we’re making Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, and Forms templates available in four new languages: European Spanish, Latin American Spanish, French, and Brazilian Portuguese. Stay tuned for additional languages, including Hindi, coming soon.

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:
All end users

Action:
Change management suggested/FYI

More Information
Help Center: Change how paragraphs & fonts look


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Copy comments and suggestions in Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides

Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides make it easier than ever to collaborate on great content. Which is why it’s increasingly important not to lose a history of that collaboration when you duplicate a document, spreadsheet, or presentation. With that in mind, we’re making it possible to copy comments and suggestions any time you make a copy of a Docs, Sheets, or Slides file.

To copy your comments and suggestions, simply select “Make a copy” from the File menu and check the box for “Copy comments and suggestions” or “Copy comments.”


These comments and suggestions will then contain a note indicating that they were copied from the original document.


Check it out today, and collaborate—even on copies—with ease.

Launch Details
Release track:
Launching to Rapid Release, with Scheduled Release coming on November 29th, 2017

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: Create, view, or save a file


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Insert images more easily in Google Docs, Slides, and Drawings

A picture is worth a thousand words... especially when you can add it to your document, presentation, or drawing quickly and easily. That’s why we’re making some improvements to the image insertion process in Google Docs, Slides, and Drawings.

Going forward, when you select Insert > Image or click the Image button in Docs, Slides, or Drawings on the web, you’ll see the following options:

  • Upload from computer
  • Search the web
  • Drive
  • Photos
  • By URL



If you select “Upload from computer,” you’ll be taken to your computer’s file manager, which many users are familiar with. If you select “Search the web,” “Drive,” or “Photos,” you’ll be taken to a menu on the righthand side of your screen that is easier to navigate and more intuitive to use. You can also drag and drop images directly from this menu into your document. If you select “By URL,” you’ll be given the option to input the specific URL for an image.

These options should make it easier to enhance your documents, presentations, and drawings with images.

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

Editions:
Available to all G Suite editions

Rollout pace:
Extended rollout (potentially longer than 15 days for feature visibility)

Impact:
All end users

Action:
Change management suggested/FYI

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Help Center: Insert or delete images or videos


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View and modify all of your Team Drives using the Google Drive API

You’ve told us that you want more tools to see and manage all of the Team Drives in your domain in one location. Today, we’re making that easier by providing new methods in the Google Drive API that enable developers to build tools for Team Drive membership management, cybersecurity solutions, and more.

More information about the new methods in the API can be found here.

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: G Suite APIs Support

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Manage system apps on company-owned Android devices

System apps are those apps that come preinstalled on Android devices, like Clock and Calculator. Many of these apps can’t be uninstalled and aren’t available in the Play Store for management. We want to give G Suite admins greater control over these system apps, so we’re introducing settings in the Admin console to:
  • enable all system apps,
  • disable all system apps,
  • enable select system apps, or
  • disable select system apps.

These settings will only apply to system apps on company-owned Android devices (i.e. Android devices in Device Owner mode). At launch, by default, all system apps will be enabled.


For more details on how to use these features, check out the Help Center.

IMPORTANT: These settings launched in the Admin console on October 31st, but they will not take effect for end users and devices until November 14th. If you’d prefer to disable some or all system apps, we recommend doing so before the settings take effect.

Launch Details
Release track:
  • Admin console settings launching to both Rapid Release and Scheduled Release on October 31st, 2017
  • End user impact launching to both Rapid Release and Scheduled release on November 14, 2017

Editions:
Available to all G Suite editions

Rollout pace:
  • Full rollout (1–3 days for feature visibility) for Admin console settings
  • Gradual rollout (up to 15 days for feature visibility) for end user impact

Impact:
Admins and end users

Action:
Admin action suggested/FYI

More Information
Help Center: Set up mobile device management
Help Center: Manage apps on mobile devices


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Record a Hangouts Meet meeting and save it to Google Drive

Whether for trainings, important announcements, or syncing with your team, meetings have many purposes. Sometimes not every teammate can attend, or there is a need to share or reference notes from meetings after they have ended. To simplify this process, Hangouts Meet video meetings for G Suite Enterprise edition can now be recorded and saved to the cloud, making them easy to share, view, and even play in sped-up mode.

Any participant in the same domain as the organizer can start and stop a recording from web or Hangouts Meet hardware (and Chromebox for Meetings), and all participants are notified that the meeting is being recorded.



Recordings are saved to a “Meet Recordings” folder in the Drive of the meeting owner and the recording is automatically attached to the Calendar event and shared with all invited guests in the same domain.

G Suite Enterprise edition admins can control whose meetings can be recorded at the organizational unit (OU) level. Within the Admin console, navigate to Apps > G Suite > Settings for Google Hangouts and select “Meet Settings.” Please note, this setting is on by default for all OUs. The setting is disabled for OUs that don’t have Drive enabled.

Launch Details
Release track:
Launching to Rapid Release, with Scheduled Release coming in 2 weeks

Editions:
Available to G Suite Enterprise edition only

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

Impact:
All end users

Action:
Change management suggested/FYI

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The Keyword
The meeting room, by G Suite

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The meeting room, by G Suite

(Cross-posted from The Keyword)




With G Suite, we’re focused on building tools that help you bring great ideas to life. We know meetings are the main entry point for teams to share and shape ideas into action. That’s why we recently introduced Hangouts Meet, an evolution of Google Hangouts designed specifically for the workplace, and Jamboard, a way to bring creative brainstorming directly into meetings.

Combined with Calendar and Drive, these tools extend collaboration beyond four walls and transform how we work—so every team member has a voice, no matter location.

But the transformative power of video meetings is wasted if it’s not affordable and accessible to all organizations. So today, we’re introducing Hangouts Meet hardware—a new way to bring high-quality video meetings to businesses of any size. We’re also announcing new software updates designed to make your meetings even more productive.

Introducing Hangouts Meet hardware 

Hangouts Meet hardware is a cost-effective way to bring high-quality video meetings to your business. The hardware kit consists of four components: a touchscreen controller, speakermic, 4K-sensor Ultra HD camera and ASUS Chromebox.

The new controller provides a modern, intuitive touchscreen interface that allows people to easily join scheduled events from Calendar or view meeting details with a single tap. You can pin and mute team members, as well as control the camera, making managing meetings easy. You can also add participants with the dial-a-phone feature and present from a laptop via HDMI. If you’re a G Suite Enterprise edition customer, you can record the meeting to Drive.



Designed by Google, the Hangouts Meet speakermic actively eliminates echo and background noise to provide crisp, clear audio. Up to five speakermics can be daisy-chained together with a single wire, providing coverage for larger rooms without tabletop clutter.

The 4K sensor Ultra HD camera with 120° field of view easily captures everyone at the table, even in small spaces that some cameras find challenging. Each camera component is fine-tuned to make meetings more personal and distraction-free. Built with machine learning, the camera can intelligently detect participants and automatically crop and zoom to frame them.

Powered by ChromeOS, the ASUS Chromebox makes deploying and managing Hangouts Meet hardware easier than ever. The Chromebox can automatically push updates to other components in the hardware kit, making it easier for large organizations to ensure security and reliability. Remote device monitoring and management make it easy for IT administrators to stay in control, too.

Says Bradley Rhodes, IT Analyst End User Computing at Woolworths Ltd Australia, “We are very excited about the new Hangouts Meet hardware, particularly the easy-to-use touchscreen. The enhancements greatly improve the user experience and simplify our meeting rooms. We have also seen it create new ways for our team to collaborate, like via the touch-to-record functionality which allows absent participants to catch up more effectively.”

More features, better meetings

We’re also announcing updates to Meet based on valuable feedback. If you’re a G Suite Enterprise edition customer, you can:


  • Record meetings and save them to Drive: Can’t make the meeting? No problem. Record your meeting directly to Drive. Even without a Hangouts Meet hardware kit, Meet on web can save your team’s ideas with a couple of clicks.
  • Host meetings with up to 50 participants: Meet supports up to 50 participants in a meeting, especially useful for bringing global teams together from both inside and outside of your organization.
  • Dial in from around the globe: The dial-in feature in Meet is now available in more than a dozen markets. If you board a flight in one country and land in another, Meet will automatically update your meeting’s dial-in listing to a local phone number.





These new features are rolling out gradually. The hardware kit is priced at $1999 and is available in select markets around the globe beginning today.

Whether you're collaborating in Jamboard, recording meetings and referencing discussions in Drive or scheduling your next team huddle in Calendar, Hangouts Meet hardware makes it even easier to bring the power of your favorite G Suite tools into team meetings. For more information, visit the G Suite website.

Additional information for G Suite admins

  • More details on recording meetings and saving them to Drive available here
  • 50-person meeting support in Meet is coming soon. Specific timing and details to follow on the G Suite Updates blog.



Launch Details
Release track:

  • Record a meeting: Launching to Rapid Release, with Scheduled Release coming in 2 weeks
  • 50-person meeting support in Meet: Coming soon.
  • International dial-in: Available to Rapid and Scheduled Release


Editions:

  • Meeting features are available to G Suite enterprise editions only
  • Hangouts Meet hardware is available to all G Suite editions


    Impact:
    All end users

    Action:
    Change management suggested/FYI

    More Information
    Manage Hangouts Meet for your G Suite team
    Record a meeting

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    Ten third-party applications added to the G Suite pre-integrated SSO apps catalog

    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 ten additional applications: Aha!, Atlassian Cloud, Datadog, Desk, Github Business, HackerOne, Mavenlink, Mixpanel, SpringerLink, and Springerlink Test.

    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 applications, G Suite also supports installing “Custom SAML Applications,” which means that admins can install any third-party application that supports SAML. The advantage of a pre-integrated app is that the installation is much easier. You can learn more about installing Custom SAML Applications in 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 (potentially longer than 3 days for feature visibility)

    Impact:
    Admins only

    Action:
    Admin action suggested/FYI

    More Information
    Help Center: Using SAML to set up federated SSO

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