Tag Archives: Scheduled Release

Right-to-left language support available for new Google Sites

Quick launch summary

We’ve added right-to-left language support in new Google Sites for the following languages:
  • Arabic
  • Farsi
  • Hebrew
  • Urdu
When a site editor has their language set to one of the above, the site editing experience will adjust to place the editing sidebars and menus on the left-hand side of the screen.



Similarly, once a site is published, site viewers who have their default language set to one of the above will see navigation elements like menus reversed to match the right-to-left language.

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Rollout update for adding audio to Google Slides presentations

Quick launch summary

Earlier this year, we announced the ability to add audio to Google Slides presentations. This feature is fully available to Rapid release domains now. It’s currently rolling out to Scheduled release domains and should be fully available to all users by the end of November.

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  • Available to all G Suite editions. 


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Insert collapsible text boxes into new Google Sites

Quick launch summary

Site editors can now insert collapsible text boxes into a new Google Site, which site viewers can click to expand. Collapsible text boxes can help condense large blocks of text, like content on FAQ or Help Center pages, allowing site viewers to quickly navigate to the most relevant information.


To learn more about using collapsible text boxes in Google Sites, visit our Help Center.

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Set group membership deletion limits in Google Cloud Directory Sync

Quick launch summary

You can now set group membership deletion limits in Google Cloud Directory Sync (GCDS). By adding these limits, you can prevent accidental removal of memberships from groups, as those errors can inadvertently cause users to lose access to things like Drive files and Google Cloud Platform resources.

Limits are not required and can be anywhere from 0-100% or any number greater than 0. Once a limit is set, if a sync attempts to delete more than that percentage or amount of members in any group, the sync will abort.



Please make sure you are using the most up-to-date version of GCDS to access this feature.

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  • This feature will be OFF by default and can be enabled at the GCDS group level.
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Live captions in Hangouts Meet now available on iOS

Quick launch summary

Support for live captions on Hangouts Meet was announced for the web and Android earlier this year. We’re now bringing that same captions support to the Meet iOS app.

Please note, when you turn on captions, they will only be visible on that particular device. In order for other participants in the meeting to see captions, they’ll have to turn it on for their devices as well.

Currently, live captions are only available in English. Additionally, captions will not appear in a recording of a meeting. Check out the Help Center to learn more about how to use captions in a video meeting.

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Material Design for Cloud Search

Quick launch summary

Cloud Search is getting a new look and feel. Users will notice some visual improvements, including:
  • Interface typography that uses Google’s custom-designed and highly-legible typefaces
  • Controls (like buttons, dialogs, and sidebars) that are updated and consistent
  • Iconography that is legible and crisp, with a fresh feel



Material Design for Cloud Search


Material Design for Cloud Search


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Fundamental device management brings basic coverage to all desktop computers

What’s changing 

With this launch, all desktop devices that log in to G Suite will get fundamental device management by default. This means that when a user logs in to G Suite through any browser on a Windows, Mac, Chrome, or Linux device, the device will be registered with endpoint management. This will happen automatically upon login and does not require any other user actions or software to be installed on the device.

When a device is registered with fundamental device management, admins can see the device type, operating system, first sync time, and last sync time in the Admin console. They can also sign the user out from that device.

This provides the basic benefits of device management without additional costs or requiring installation of agents or profiles. We’re also making enhancements to the filters available in the device list that will strengthen our endpoint verification and Context-Aware Access functionality. See more information below.

Who’s impacted 

Admins only

Why you’d use it 

Fundamental device management provides a base level of security to every desktop device that accesses G Suite data. The device data collected can help admins make more informed security and policy decisions about how to manage the devices in their organization. More specifically, the feature will help admins to:
  • Get a clearer picture of all the devices that are accessing corporate data. 
  • Use more comprehensive data to analyze device access in the organization through reports and the security center. For example, you could use it to identify devices that require OS updates. 
  • Take remedial action to remotely sign out a user when a device is lost, stolen, or compromised.
  • Improve Context-Aware Access controls. The device inventory will be more comprehensive, and admins can use a new “Exclude Endpoint Verification” filter, which will enable admins to see which devices would not be able to access G Suite when context-aware access is deployed. 


How to get started 



Additional details 


Fundamental desktop management provides device information without apps or agents 

When fundamental device management is enabled, the admin will get information about a limited set of device properties: device type, device model, OS version, first sync, and last sync.

This will be visible in two places in the Admin console:

  • The devices list found at Admin console > Device management > Devices > Endpoints
  • The audit section found at Admin console > Reporting > Audit > Devices

Information about devices with fundamental device management will be listed alongside devices that use other agents to provide admins with details about devices accessing corporate data. Admins can filter the endpoint list by “Management Type” to see devices with a specific device management type, such as fundamental, endpoint verification, or Drive File Stream.

You can filter for “Fundamental” managed devices at Admin console > Device management > Devices 

A device page with information provided through fundamental device management 


Limitations of fundamental device management and other endpoint verification options 
Fundamental device management is designed to be an agentless, lightweight information collection tool. Its goal is to provide a basic data set, which can help admins make some decisions and add some controls to devices accessing their data.

Google provides other services, which offer more detailed data and enable more comprehensive controls to admins, including endpoint verification, Chrome device management, Drive File Stream, and Google Mobile Management.

New Endpoint Verification filter helps deploy Endpoint Verification and Context-Aware Access

We’re also adding the ability to filter for devices without endpoint verification in the device list at Admin console > Device management > Devices. This can help admins to identify devices which are accessing corporate data without endpoint verification, and see if they’d like to install endpoint verification on any of them. This can also improve the deployment of Context-Aware Access, which relies on Endpoint Verification. By seeing users and devices without Endpoint Verification installed, admins can identify and avoid potential user disruption before turning on Context-Aware Access. 

Helpful links 



Availability 

Rollout details 

  • Rapid and Scheduled Release domains
    • Extended rollout (longer than 15 days for feature visibility) starting on October 29, 2019. 
    • Rollout could take up to 6 months to reach all domains. 
    • When it reaches your domain, you’ll see the banner pictures below, and there will be a new “Management Type > Fundamental” filter option available in the endpoint devices list. 

When the rollout reaches your domain, you’ll see this banner when you go to Admin console > Device management > Devices 

When the rollout reaches your domain, you’ll see the “Fundamental” management type filter option at Admin Console > Device Management > Devices. 


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Dynamic, context-aware access control for G Suite now generally available

What’s changing 

Context-aware access for G Suite is now generally available for G Suite Enterprise and G Suite Enterprise for Education domains. It was previously available in beta.

With context-aware access, you can set up different access levels based on a user’s identity and the context of the request (location, device security status, IP address). This can help you provide granular access controls without the need for a VPN, and give users access to G Suite resources based on organizational policies. For example, you could use it to:

  • Let only certain employees access Gmail outside of the corporate WiFi network. 
  • Allow access to Drive only if a user’s desktop device storage is encrypted. 
  • Permit users from a certain Organizational Unit (e.g. executives) to access apps on any network, but restrict access to apps for other OUs from outside the corporate network. 

Visit our Help Center for more information on how to use context-aware access. For more details on context-aware access and a number of other G Suite security announcements, please read our Cloud Blog post.

Who’s impacted 

Admins only

Why you’d use it

See this video for some ideas about how you could use context-aware access:

How to get started 


  • Admins: Use our Help Center to learn how to start using context-aware access. 
  • End users: No action needed 

Helpful links 

Help Center: Context-Aware Access overview 

Availability 

Rollout details 


G Suite editions

  • Available to G Suite Enterprise, G Suite Enterprise for Education, and Cloud Identity Premium 
  • Not available to G Suite Basic, G Suite Business, G Suite for Education, G Suite for Nonprofits, and Cloud Identity Free 

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Create rules to automate actions and alerts through the security center

What’s changing 

We’re adding a new rule type to the security center that will help G Suite admins and analysts automate security management tasks and improve their organization's security posture. Specifically, with these updates you can now: 

  • Create Activity Rules, which are automated rules based on log events within the security center investigation tool. 
  • Configure Activity Rules to create alerts or perform remediation actions. 
  • See specific log entries showing when Activity Rules got triggered, what actions were taken, what entities were affected, and more. 
  • Put Activity Rules in monitor mode to test setup and effectiveness before implementation. 
  • See Activity Rules in the rules list at Admin console > Security > Security rules. 
  • Get informed of and investigate rule triggers through alert center alerts. 

Read below for more information.

Who’s impacted 

Admins only

Why you’d use it 

The security center is a powerful tool to help admins and analysts identify, investigate, and remediate security issues. However, we’ve also heard that it is important to be able to automate detection and remediation in order to decrease the time it takes to address issues after they occur.

This launch will make it easier to set up alerts, automate remediation actions, and understand the function and impact of rules, all while reducing the manual effort needed from admins.

How to get started 




Additional details 


Create and configure rules within the security center investigation tool. 
We’ve added the ability to create and configure Activity Rules within the security center investigation tool. Activity Rules can be based on any log event query in the investigation tool, and can run and perform remediation actions automatically. This will function in a similar way to how you may create rules today to perform data loss prevention (DLP) for Gmail and Drive. We’ve also added the ability to turn rules on or off when searching for a rule or the audit logs from a rule in the investigation tool.

See specific log entries with details on rule trigger events. 
After an Activity Rule is created, we’ll record and show more specific log entries. The entries will include when the rule got triggered, what actions were taken when the rule was triggered, what entities were affected, and the result of those actions. For example, when a rule marks an email as spam, we will record an audit event that shows you exactly what happened and which condition within the rule was triggered. These logs will improve investigation capabilities, help admins to create effective rules, and make it easier to identify outdated rules.

Test Activity Rules with monitor mode before real implementation. 
You can also put Activity Rules in monitor mode. While in monitor mode, triggered actions will not be actually executed, and alerts won't be sent to the alert center. Logs, however, will still be recorded about what the rule would have done if it were in active mode. This can help you assess rule effectiveness without worrying about potential negative impacts. When you’re ready, you can simply switch the rule to active mode.

See and manage rules in the rules list. 
Rules set up in the security center will also show alongside other rules in the Admin console security rules list at Admin console > Security > Security Rules.

See rule triggers in the alert center. 
You’ll be able to see and investigate these rule-based alerts in the alert center.


See specific log entries with details on rule trigger events 

Helpful links 




Availability 

Rollout details 

G Suite editions 

  • The security center is available to G Suite Enterprise, G Suite Enterprise for Education, and Cloud Identity Premium 
  • The security center is not available to G Suite Basic, G Suite Business, G Suite for Education, and G Suite for Nonprofits 
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Instantly create new docs, events, spreadsheets and more from your browser

Quick launch summary

You can quickly create new files directly from your browser with “.new” domains for several Google products. For example, you can type “Cal.new” into your browser to create a new Google Calendar event.



The current “.new” domains are:

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