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Improving the publication experience in the new Google Sites

When you click “Publish” in the new Google Sites, you allow other people to view your site. If your organization allows you to publish sites on the web, you see options to (1) allow anyone at your domain or anyone on the web to visit your site, and (2) allow your site to appear in search results.


You’ve told us that the “Allow my site to appear in search results” setting is confusing, and that it’s not entirely clear how it impacts the availability of your site. With that feedback in mind, we’re making some changes to the setting. Following this launch,
  • if you’ve chosen to allow anyone on the web to visit your site, you’ll see an option to “Request public search engines not to index my site.” This option will not be selected by default, meaning that public search engines (like Google) will be able to index your site. This option will be labeled as a “Search setting” to distinguish it from the enforced permissions above it—by checking it, you indicate only your preference that search engines not index your site.
  • if you’ve chosen to restrict viewing of your site to your domain only, you will not see the “Request public search engines not to index my site” option, because no one outside of your domain will be able to visit your site anyway. Depending on your configuration, your site may appear in your organization’s internal search engine and on Google Cloud Search.

Please note that today’s launch will not impact the settings of any already-published sites, unless they’re unpublished and republished.


Launch Details
Release track:
Launching to Rapid release, with Schedule release coming on June 6th, 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

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Help Center: Preview and publish your site on the web

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Let’s jam—Jamboard is now available

Today we announced that Jamboard, our cloud-based, collaborative whiteboard, is available for purchase in the United States.

You can purchase Jamboard for $4,999 USD, which includes 2 styluses, an eraser and a wall mount. We’re also running a promotion—if you order on or before September 30, 2017, you’ll receive $300 off of the annual management and support fee, as well as a discount on the optional rolling stand.

Keep in mind that a G Suite plan 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. Also, we’re teaming up with BenQ to handle fulfillment, delivery and support. Check out pricing details below.

Jamboard is available in the U.S. to start, and will be available for purchase in the UK and Canada this summer, with more countries becoming available over time. Contact your Google Cloud sales rep or visit google.com/jamboard to learn more about how you can start jamming with colleagues today.

Additional info for G Suite admins
In addition to the Jamboard device, a Jamboard app will be available on Android and iOS for all G Suite customers globally starting this week. When used on a tablet, the 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 will be controlled by a service on/off switch in the Admin console, and will be off by default.

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

Launch Details
Release track: 
Jamboard service on/off switch and app launching gradually to both Rapid release and Scheduled release, starting this week. Jamboard devices now available for purchase in the US only.

Editions:
Jamboard devices and app available for 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 for Jamboard service on/off switch and app: 
Gradual rollout (up to 15 days for feature visibility)

Impact: 
Admins only (Jamboard service is defaulted off in the Admin console)

Action: 
Admin action suggested/FYI

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Quick Access in Google Drive now available on the web

In September 2016, we launched Quick Access for Google Drive, which uses machine learning to intelligently predict the files you need, before you’ve even searched for them. Originally available on the Drive Android app, and later iOS, we’re now launching Quick Access on the web.


Quick Access intelligently predicts and surfaces files based on, among other things:

  • who specific files are frequently shared with
  • when relevant meetings occur
  • what files are used at specific times of the day

Check out Quick Access on the Drive home page today.

Launch Details
Release track: 
Launching to Rapid release, with Scheduled release coming on June 13th, 2017

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

More Information
Help Center: Find files in Google Drive


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Save time with Smart Reply in Gmail


(Cross-posted from The Keyword Gmail blog)
Posted by Greg Bullock, Software Engineer, Gmail

It’s pretty easy to read your emails while you’re on the go, but responding to those emails takes effort. Smart Reply, available in Inbox by Gmail and Allo, saves you time by suggesting quick responses to your messages. The feature already drives 12 percent of replies in Inbox on mobile. And starting today, Smart Reply is coming to Gmail for Android and iOS too.

Smart Reply suggests three responses based on the email you received:
Once you’ve selected one, you can send it immediately or edit your response starting with the Smart Reply text. Either way, you’re saving time. 


Smart Reply utilizes machine learning to give you better responses the more you use it. So if you're more of a “thanks!” than a “thanks.” person, we'll suggest the response that's, well, more you! If you want to learn about the smarts behind Smart Reply, check out the Google Research Blog.

Smart Reply will roll out globally on Android and iOS in English first, and Spanish will follow in the coming weeks. Stay tuned for more languages coming soon!

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: 
Change management suggested/FYI

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Adding nine third-party applications to the G Suite pre-integrated SSO apps catalog

Single-Sign-On (SSO) is one of those rare features that enhances security while also increasing convenience for end users. Google supports the two most popular SSO standards - OpenID Connect and SAML, both of which are popular with enterprises. There are over 800 applications with pre-integrated SSO support in our third party apps catalog already, and we are constantly adding more. With today’s launch, we are adding SAML integration for these nine applications: Asana, Dialpad, Evernote Business, Expensify, Keeper, Lucidchart, Pagerduty, RingCentral, and Trello.

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 the installation is much easier. You can learn more about installing Custom SAML Applications in this Help Center article.

Differences between G Suite Marketplace and the SAML Apps Catalog

You may notice that some of the applications we are launching today to the SAML catalog - namely Asana, Dialpad, Expensify, Lucidchart, RingCentral, and Trello - are already available in the G Suite Marketplace. When installed via the Marketplace, these applications provide rich integration with G Suite products. In addition to these deep integrations, the applications typically provide a separate ‘Google SSO’ option, which is authentication via OpenID Connect protocol, for users to access their accounts on the application’s website.

The SAML catalog version, on the other hand, only provides SAML-based authentication so that your users can access their accounts in the third party app’s website using Google as a SAML IdP (Identity Provider). Some enterprises prefer the SAML approach, and in fact, we see many admins installing these as Custom SAML Apps even today. This launch is all about giving our customers more choice to integrate their applications using a method that suits them.

If you do not have a corporate requirement to use SAML, Google recommends using the G Suite Marketplace application.

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

Adding nine third-party applications to the G Suite pre-integrated SSO apps catalog

Single-Sign-On (SSO) is one of those rare features that enhances security while also increasing convenience for end users. Google supports the two most popular SSO standards - OpenID Connect and SAML, both of which are popular with enterprises. There are over 800 applications with pre-integrated SSO support in our third party apps catalog already, and we are constantly adding more. With today’s launch, we are adding SAML integration for these nine applications: Asana, Dialpad, Evernote Business, Expensify, Keeper, Lucidchart, Pagerduty, RingCentral, and Trello.

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 the installation is much easier. You can learn more about installing Custom SAML Applications in this Help Center article.

Differences between G Suite Marketplace and the SAML Apps Catalog

You may notice that some of the applications we are launching today to the SAML catalog - namely Asana, Dialpad, Expensify, Lucidchart, RingCentral, and Trello - are already available in the G Suite Marketplace. When installed via the Marketplace, these applications provide rich integration with G Suite products. In addition to these deep integrations, the applications typically provide a separate ‘Google SSO’ option, which is authentication via OpenID Connect protocol, for users to access their accounts on the application’s website.

The SAML catalog version, on the other hand, only provides SAML-based authentication so that your users can access their accounts in the third party app’s website using Google as a SAML IdP (Identity Provider). Some enterprises prefer the SAML approach, and in fact, we see many admins installing these as Custom SAML Apps even today. This launch is all about giving our customers more choice to integrate their applications using a method that suits them.

If you do not have a corporate requirement to use SAML, Google recommends using the G Suite Marketplace application.

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

Invite all the right people to your Communities all at once

(Cross-posted from the Google+ Product and Feature Updates Collection)

Communities are a great way for groups of people to share around a topic. But when you’re creating a Community for a group you’re a part of, like a book club, parent-teacher association, or work team, the last thing you want to have to do is invite each member one-by-one.

Since so many groups already have a way to get ahold of one another, whether that’s through email, chat, a newsletter or something else, we’ve created a new Community invite link so you can invite all the right people at once.

 With the Community invite link, Community owners and moderators can share an invite link with their group however they choose. People with the link will be able to directly join both private and ask-to-join public Communities, and anyone who doesn’t have a Google account or Google+ profile will be able to create one along the way. Communities that are restricted to a given G Suite organization will continue to only be accessible to members of that organization.

If something changes, you can easily disable a shared link or generate a new one at any time. To share an invite link to your Community, just open the invite menu on Google+ web, turn on the “Allow invites by link” option, and grab the link that appears.

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:
Admins only

Action:
Admin action suggested/FYI


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Google Apps Script and App Maker metrics now in the Admin console

Apps Script lets you do more with Google, like create add-ons for Docs, develop custom functions for Sheets, and manage responses in Forms. Traditionally, G Suite admins have had little or no visibility into the extent of the Apps Script usage in their organizations. With this launch, however, admins will be able to view Apps Script metrics, including number of users and number of active projects, in the Aggregate reports section of the Admin console. Admins currently participating in the App Maker Early Adopter Program will see App Maker metrics listed as well.


For more details, please visit the Help Center.

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:
Admins only

Action:
Admin action suggested/FYI

More Information
Help Center: Aggregate reports


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Making email safer with anti-phishing security checks in Gmail on Android

This week, we’re introducing a new security feature in Gmail on Android to help you keep your email safer.

When you click on a suspicious link in a message, Gmail will show a warning prompt helping you keep your account safe. Here’s what you’ll see:




While not all affected email will necessarily be dangerous, we encourage you to be extra careful about clicking on links in messages that you’re not sure about. And with this update, you’ll have another tool to make these kinds of decisions.

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

Editions:
Available to all G Suite editions

Rollout pace:
Gradual rollout (potentially longer than 3 days for feature visibility)

Impact:
All end users

Action:
Change management suggested.

More Information
Help Center: Avoid and report phishing emails

Group items vertically in the new Google Sites

We’ve heard that you need to caption photos, arrange content in columns, and do more vertically in the new Google Sites. With your feedback in mind, we’re adding the ability to create “vertical groups” in the new Sites on the web. Once created, you can move and edit these groups as a single entity, as well as drag items in and out of them easily. For more information on grouping items vertically in the new Sites, check out the Help Center.


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: Edit and format text and photos

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