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Update: new Google sign-in screen launching this week

Last month, we announced a new look for the Google sign-in screen. Unfortunately, due to unforeseen delays, we’re now rolling out the new design this week, with some minor changes.

Going forward, you may notice that when you sign in to your G Suite account, the screen looks slightly different. Some of the changes include tweaks to the Google logo and center alignment of all items on the screen. See below for before and after images.

Previous Google sign-in screen

New Google sign-in screen


Please note that the outline around the text field (mentioned in our previous announcement) will appear in the coming months.

We apologize for any convenience this delay and change may have caused.

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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Draw on and claim jams from your mobile device with the latest Jamboard release

With this month’s release, we’ve added two new features specifically for Jamboard for mobile devices: drawing tools and the ability to claim jams using near-field communication (NFC).

Draw and edit jams from your mobile device
In the Jamboard mobile app, you can now:

  • Draw using Jamboard brushes
  • Use the color picker
  • Use the handwriting and shape recognition tools
  • Use laser pointer
  • Erase and clear board functions




Claim a jam using NFC-enabled mobile devices
Users can use NFC from their phones to take ownership of jams from a Jamboard or push their jams to the Jamboard using their mobile devices. They can simply tap to own or push a jam to Jamboard.



Updated Icons on the Jamboard device & apps
Toolbar icons on both the Jamboard device and mobile applications have been updated. It is important to note that the arrow that moves the toolbar from the left to the right edge of the Jamboard has been removed in this version.



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

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

Impact:
All end users

Action:
Change management suggested/FYI

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Let Google Calendar intelligently suggest rooms for your meetings

Earlier this year, we announced a new feature in Google Calendar that, using Google AI, can automatically suggest rooms for your meetings based on the locations of the guests. We’re now releasing this feature along with new and easier ways to update the main work locations for users in your domain.

Assign main work locations
As an admin, you can add main work location information for all users. Main work locations are the office / building location where the user spends most of their time or has their main desk or team. For users without a primary office building, the work location can be set to “Working remotely.”

If you know the work locations of all your users, you can update this information via GCDS or the Directory API.

If you don’t have users’ locations, you can instead let employees set their own location. Simply go to the Admin console and click Apps > G Suite > Settings for Directory > Profile editing and select "Work location."


With this setting enabled:

  • Calendar will try to infer users’ locations. Based on previous room booking activity, Calendar can infer the user’s building and floor and set it automatically. It can also detect changes in room booking behavior and infer when the work location has changed (i.e. the office has moved) and suggest that the user update their location.
  • Your users can update their main work locations themselves. Users can set and update their own location in Calendar settings.

Please note, you must have already entered building and floor information for your domain to input users’ main work locations.

Automatic room suggestions
Automatic room suggestions can help meeting organizers book courtesy rooms for all guests in any location, removing friction and creating peace of mind when planning meetings. Once user locations have been added, these users will instantly start seeing the room suggestions.

This launch includes a new, enhanced room and resource booking tab that will intelligently suggest the best available room for each attendee. This suggestion is based on the individual attendee’s building and floor location, previous booking history, audio/video equipment needs, and room capacity requirements.

In this tab, users will see the criteria that was considered when suggesting a room. They can adapt this criteria to fit their needs.



To unlock this feature, admins need to add detailed meeting room information into Calendar and users must have a work location set.

For more information on automatic room suggestions, 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:
Admins and all end users

Action:
Admin action suggested/FYI

More Information
Help Center: Set up automatic room suggestion
Help Center: Set up meeting rooms and calendar resources
Help Center: Impact of adopting structured Calendar resources
Detailed Guide: Structuring Google Calendar Resources
The Keyword: New ways to help teams work faster and smarter with G Suite
G Suite Updates: Coming soon: automatic room suggestions in Google Calendar

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View additional activities for managed devices in the devices audit log

The devices audit log in the Admin console provides a report on the activities of managed mobile and desktop devices in your organization. Previously, this report was limited to domains with advanced mobile management enabled. To make it even more useful, we’re now showing some of the events in this report to G Suite Business, Enterprise, and Enterprise for Education customers with basic mobile management and endpoint verification enabled as well.

These customers can now use this report to:
  • Find out when a G Suite account has been added to a device.
  • Learn when device screen locks have been enabled and disabled. 

In addition, the devices audit log will now contain admin activities, like when an account wipe has been requested or executed. Knowledge of these activities can help you keep your users’ devices, and the data contained on them, safe. You can find this report in the Admin console at Reports > Audit > Devices.


At launch, for basic mobile management and endpoint verification customers, this report will only show events on managed Android and endpoint verification devices. We’re working on expanding coverage to more devices in the future.

Visit the Help Center to learn more about the devices audit log and how to access it. If you haven’t done so yet, check out this article for information on how to set up mobile management in your domain.

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

Editions:
Available to G Suite Business, Enterprise, and Enterprise for Education editions, as well as Cloud Identity Premium

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

Impact:
Admins only

Action:
Admin action suggested/FYI

More Information
Help Center: Manage your organization's mobile devices
Help Center: Devices audit log


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Protect your users with the latest G Suite login challenge: employee ID

We’re always looking for new ways to keep your users’ accounts secure and your organization’s data safe. As part of that effort, users may now be asked to verify their identity by providing their employee ID when they sign in to their G Suite account. This will better protect your users from hijacking attempts, as employee IDs are more difficult to guess and phish than many types of identity challenges.


Activate the employee ID login challenge
The employee ID login challenge can only be deployed in domains where a G Suite admin has provided that ID information for their users. You can do this in one of three ways:

  1. Upload employee IDs directly into the Admin console.
  2. Use Google Cloud Directory Sync to pull employee IDs from Microsoft Active Directory or an LDAP server.
  3. Use the G Suite Admin SDK Directory API to populate the “externalIds[].type” “organization” field with employee IDs.

Once you’ve added this employee ID information, you can turn on the login challenge from the Admin console (Security > Login challenges > Use employee ID to keep my users more secure). Note that the employee ID login challenge is OFF by default.

Check out the Help Center for more information on how to add an employee ID as a login challenge.

Notify your users
If you choose to activate this login challenge, we recommend letting your users know where they can find their employee ID and that they may be asked for it when they sign in to their G Suite account. If they’d prefer to verify their identity another way, they should update their phone number and recovery email address.

Please note that this login challenge will not be presented to any user with two-step verification enabled.

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 and end users

Action:
Admin action suggested/FYI

More Information
Help Center: Verify a user’s identity with a login challenge
Help Center: Add employee ID as a login challenge


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New G Suite apps uptime report in the Admin console

We’re introducing a new report in the Admin console that shows the worldwide availability for G Suite services in previous months. This report, called the “G Suite Apps Monthly Uptime” report, adds to the information on G Suite’s current status and future availability in the G Suite apps status dashboard. We hope that these two reports will help you better understand the historic and current availability of products for your users.

To view the report, Open the Admin console > Reports > G Suite Apps Monthly Uptime. 

Use our Help Center to learn more about the G Suite Apps Monthly Uptime report and its data

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 Apps Monthly Uptime

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Ensuring your Hangouts Meet meeting rooms are always ready for the next meeting

We’ve enabled new features in Hangouts Meet to ensure your users always find their meeting rooms configured correctly and ready for their upcoming meetings. As an admin, you can now set a preferred mic, speaker and camera to use for all meeting rooms.

Going forward, if you’re using only qualified peripherals, the Hangouts Meet device will automatically reset back to the recommended configuration for microphone, speaker and camera between uses. If you’re using other peripherals or custom configurations, an alternative default configuration can also be configured in the Admin console.

To do this, open the Admin console, navigate to Device management > Google Meeting room hardware, and then find the specific unit whose default peripheral you’d like to change. Click on that unit, open the device health section, and click the desired device.



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: Manage settings for Chrome devices for meetings

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New in Google Vault: Hangouts Meet and Drive trash file retention, improved search and exports

We're introducing new features in Google Vault that allow for more granular retention and provide a more transparent search experience. These features can help you retain exactly the data you need and thereby reduce your liability risk, as well as improve your eDiscovery process with better search and export capabilities.

Set retention policies for Hangouts Meet recordings
Previously, Hangouts Meet recordings were subject to applicable Drive retention rules. With this launch, you can set default and custom retention rules specifically for Hangouts Meet. This will allow you to set shorter retention periods for Meet recordings if, for example, they happen to contain more sensitive content.

Create a custom retention rule for Hangouts Meet

Set retention policies for files in Drive trash
As a G Suite admin, you can now also set custom retention rules specifically for Drive files that have been moved to a user’s trash. This option provides more flexibility for organizations who wish to control the lifecycle of files deleted by users separately from those files still active in their users' My Drive and Team Drives.

Retain files moved to trash

Large search improvements
With this launch, we’re making the process of searching your entire domain and large OUs easier and more transparent. If a data type supports domain-wide search, you can now select “All Accounts” to search the entire domain.

Search all accounts in a domain

As Vault processes your large search request, you’ll see an activity indicator and the amount of time that has elapsed. You’ll also have the option to cancel your search or run another search in a new tab.


See details of a search in progress

When your search is complete, in addition to your results, you’ll now see the total time taken for the search. For a Gmail search, you’ll also see the total number of accounts searched and the number of accounts searched per second. This will give you an idea of Vault's performance during the large search.

See details of a completed search

Simpler exports for Hangouts Chat
We’re also making it easier for organizations to export large amounts of Hangouts Chat data. Going forward, export data from Hangouts Chat will be condensed into a small number of files. Previously, you’d see one conversation per file; now you’ll see multiple conversations included in the same file, until the file size limit is reached.

For example, in the past, 100 conversations would be exported as 100 MBOX or PST files. With this launch, those same 100 conversations will be exported as just one or two MBOX or PST files, making it simpler to process the results.

In addition, each Chat conversation will continue to have metadata associated with it, but with two new fields: (1) type of conversation (direct message or room), and (2) conversation ownership (either the room name or a comma-separated list of accounts that participated in a direct message).

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

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

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

Impact:
Admins only

Action:
Admin action suggested/FYI

More Information
Help Center: What's new in Vault


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Enable interoperability with third-party systems for Hangouts Meet

Earlier this month, we announced interoperability with SIP/H.323 standards based video conferencing systems and Skype for Business in Hangouts Meet through the Pexip Infinity Platform.

You can now enable this feature in the Admin console at Apps > G Suite > Google Hangouts and checking the box for “Turn on interoperability with other systems" under “Meet Settings.” After the feature is enabled and a token is generated, you will need a license from Pexip for the solution to work.

For complete instructions on enabling third-party interoperability and more information, 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:
Full rollout (1–3 days for feature visibility)

Impact:
Admins only

Action:
Admin action suggested/FYI

More Information
Help Center: Turn interoperability with third-party systems on or off

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Receive notifications on your iOS device for high-priority emails only

Notifications are only useful if you have time to read them—and if you’re being notified hundreds of times a day, chances are, you don’t. That’s why we’re introducing a feature that alerts you only when important emails land in your Gmail inbox, so you know when your attention is really required.

Gmail iOS app with option to get notifications for high-priority emails only

These notifications leverage Gmail’s machine learning and artificial intelligence capabilities to identify messages you may want to read first. To enable the feature, select “High priority only” from the Notifications drop-down in the settings menu of your Gmail iOS app.

Available on iOS now and Android soon, we hope this feature makes your Gmail notifications relevant—not just noise.

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 email notifications

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