Tag Archives: Scheduled Release

New interface for domain management in the Admin console

Quick launch summary


We’ve updated the interface you use to manage your primary domain, secondary domains, and domain aliases. When you go to Admin console > Domains > Manage domains, you may notice:
  • An updated interface with more complete information and descriptions of items and domain state. 
  • New grouped action buttons which make it easier to see and select the action you want to take, such verifying domains, changing your primary domain, setting up MX records, and more. 
  • A new side panel which shows information about domains registered through Google, enabling you to quickly see and manage renewals and advanced DNS settings. 

Getting started

  • Admins: Find domain management at Admin console > Domains > Manage domains. Use our Help Center to learn more about how to add and manage domains in G Suite
  • End users: There is no end user impact. 


The new domain management interface in the Admin console


The old domain management interface in the Admin console

Rollout pace



Availability


  • Available to all G Suite customers

Resources




Important changes to less secure apps and account recovery management in the Admin console

What’s changing

We’re making some updates to how you manage less secure app (LSA) settings and account recovery (AR) settings in the Admin console. This is part of a wider migration of our Admin console pages to a simplified and more streamlined experience, and will affect the sections at Admin console > Security > Settings > Less Secure Apps and Admin console > Security > Settings > Account Recovery. In those sections you may notice:

  • An updated interface, which reorganizes the settings to make them easier to find and change.
  • A new system to apply group-based policies in these areas. As a result of this change, existing settings will be migrated to the new system. See "Additional details" below for more information.


Who’s impacted

Admins

Why it’s important

The interface updates will make security settings more findable and scannable, reducing the number of clicks it takes to manage these settings. The new group-based policy system is the same one used in other areas of the Admin console and so should be more familiar and intuitive than the legacy system. The new system allows for multiple group based policies to be applied in a single UI view, and makes it possible to manage policies exclusively using groups, instead of a combination of OU-based policy with group-based exceptions.

Additional details

As part of migrating LSA and AR pages to the new UI, we will migrate any currently applied group-based policies to the new groups-based system. This migration will have no functional impact for most customers.

However, for a very small number of organizations (specifically those that currently have group based policies for LSA and AR applied at child-OU levels,) this transition may impact your existing settings. We will email the primary admin at affected domains with more details on how we will do the transition, and instructions for how to prepare. If you don’t receive an email, no action is required.

Getting started

Admins: Existing policies will be migrated to the new group-based policy system automatically unless you’re notified by email (see “Additional details” above). Visit the Help Center to learn more about using groups to manage Admin console settings, controlling access to LSAs, or setting up account recovery for users.

End users: There is no end-user impact unless admins change settings applied to them.
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Rollout pace




Availability


  • Available to all G Suite customers


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Enroll security keys on more devices

What’s changing

We’re making it easier to enroll security keys on Android and MacOS devices by making it possible to use additional web browsers to initially register the security keys to your account.

Now, you can register security keys on:

  • Android devices running Android 7.0 “N” and up using the Google Chrome web browser (version 70 and up)
  • MacOS devices using Safari (v. 13.0.4 and up)

This will work for security keys registered independently, as well as those registered when a user signs up for the Advanced Protection Program for the enterprise.

Who’s impacted

End users

Why it’s important

Security keys provide the strongest form of 2-Step Verification (also known as two-factor authentication or 2FA) to help protect your account against phishing. By making it easier to register security keys, we hope more users will be able to take advantage of the protection they offer.

This builds on other recent announcements around security keys for G Suite and Cloud Identity, including using an iPhone as a security key for 2-Step Verification, and enabling phones as security keys in the Advanced Protection Program.

Getting started



Registering a security key on an Android mobile device with the Chrome browser

Rollout pace

  • This feature is available now for all users.


Availability

  • Available to all G Suite and Cloud Identity customers


Resources

Extending Hangouts Meet premium features to all G Suite customers through July 1, 2020

Quick launch summary

As more employees, educators, and students work remotely in response to the spread of COVID-19, we want to do our part to help them stay connected and productive with G Suite.

All G Suite customers can use Hangouts Meet today for easy-to-join video calls, but we’ll soon enable free access to more advanced features, including:

  • Larger meetings for up to 250 participants per call
  • Live streaming for up to 100K viewers within domain
  • Record meetings to Google Drive

These features are typically only available in the Enterprise and Enterprise for Education editions of G Suite, but they’ll be available to all G Suite editions at no additional cost until July 1, 2020.

Getting started


  • Admins: If you haven’t yet done so, enable Meet video calling for your organization. You can then turn on live streaming and recording.
    • G Suite Basic, Business, and Nonprofit customers: These advanced features will be OFF by default and can be enabled at the domain, OU, or group level.
    • G Suite for Education customers: These advanced features will be OFF by default and can be enabled at the domain, OU, or group level. Please see our FAQ in the Help Center for additional education-specific considerations when enabling Meet and these features.
    • G Suite Enterprise and Enterprise for Education customers: These features are already available in your domain and will continue to respect your current settings.
  • End users: Once enabled in the Admin console, end users can live stream and record meetings. Visit the Help Center to learn more about how to live stream and record a meeting.


Rollout pace




Availability


  • Available to all G Suite customers


Resources


Accessibility improvements for Google Docs

Quick launch summary 

We’re making several improvements to accessibility features in Google Docs. Some enhancements you’ll notice are:

  • Improvements in how screen readers verbalize content, including for non-text information like comments and suggestions. 
  • Improvements in how Braille displays render content, including symbols, emojis, and other glyphs. 
  • Improved support for navigating through elements such as tables, headers, and footers.
  • Improved caret tracking. 
We hope these improvements make it easier for users of assistive technologies to work in Google Docs.

Getting started 

Admins: There is no admin action required for this feature.

End users: These improvements will be automatically available to end users. Visit the Help Center to learn more about accessibility for Docs editors.

Rollout pace 


Availability 



  • Available to all G Suite customers and users with personal Google Accounts 

Resources 



Refine search results in Gmail faster with search chips

What’s changing

We’re introducing search chips in Gmail, an easier way to sort and filter search results to find exactly what you’re looking for faster.

For example, you can search a colleague’s name and further narrow your results by selecting search chips like attachment type (Text document, Spreadsheet, PDF) or a specific timeframe. You can also filter out certain results, like calendar invites.

Who’s impacted

End users

Why you’d use them

We’ve heard from our users that searching in Gmail could be faster and more intuitive. 

With search chips, you can easily refine your search results and find what you’re looking for faster, without needing to sort through irrelevant returns or use search operators (like from: [email protected]).

How to get started

Admins: There is no admin control for this feature.

End users: This feature is available by default. When searching in Gmail, you can further refine your search results by clicking on the search filter chips below the search box.

Rollout pace


Availability

  • Available to all G Suite customers


Refine search results in Gmail faster with search chips

What’s changing

We’re introducing search chips in Gmail, an easier way to sort and filter search results to find exactly what you’re looking for faster.

For example, you can search a colleague’s name and further narrow your results by selecting search chips like attachment type (Text document, Spreadsheet, PDF) or a specific timeframe. You can also filter out certain results, like calendar invites.

Who’s impacted

End users

Why you’d use them

We’ve heard from our users that searching in Gmail could be faster and more intuitive. 

With search chips, you can easily refine your search results and find what you’re looking for faster, without needing to sort through irrelevant returns or use search operators (like from: [email protected]).

How to get started

Admins: There is no admin control for this feature.

End users: This feature is available by default. When searching in Gmail, you can further refine your search results by clicking on the search filter chips below the search box.

Rollout pace


Availability

  • Available to all G Suite customers


View out of office information in more places on Gmail for web

Quick launch summary 

Last year, we announced the ability to see when someone is out of office in Gmail, specifically when composing a new email or Hangouts Chat. Now, we’re expanding that functionality to more places in Gmail on web, like when you’re hovering over someone’s name in your inbox or in the “To” or “From” line in an email.


This feature gives visibility to your time out of office in more places across G Suite, making it clear to senders the appropriate time to message you.

Getting started 

Admins: There is no admin control for this feature. 

End users: These notices will automatically appear when anyone whose calendar you have access to has an out of office event scheduled. Use our Help Center to learn more about disabling the sharing of availability information to other G Suite apps

Rollout pace 



Availability 


  • Available to all G Suite customers 

Resources 


Smart Compose in Google Docs now generally available

Quick launch summary

Last year, we announced a beta for Smart Compose in Google Docs, a feature that helps you compose high-quality content in Google Docs faster and more easily. Smart Compose saves you time by cutting back on repetitive writing, helps reduce the chance of spelling and grammatical errors, and can suggest relevant contextual phrases.

This feature is now generally available and has started rolling out to all G Suite customers. Note that Smart Compose is only available in English at the moment.

Getting started

  • Admins: There is no admin control for this feature.
  • End users: This feature will be ON by default and can be disabled  by going to Tools > Preferences and unchecking “Show Smart Compose Suggestions”. When enabled, you’ll automatically see Smart Compose suggestions. To accept a suggestion you like, press “tab” or right click on your cursor. Visit the Help Center to learn more about using Smart Compose in Google Docs.

Rollout pace

  • Rapid Release domains: Gradual rollout (up to 15 days for feature visibility) starting on February 18, 2020
  • Scheduled Release domains: Extended rollout (potentially longer than 15 days for feature visibility) starting on March 3, 2020

Availability

  • Available to all G Suite customers
  • Not available to users with personal Google Accounts

Resources

Roadmap


Autocorrect now available for Google Docs on web

Quick launch summary

Last year, we announced improved as-you-type spelling and grammar corrections in Gmail. Now, we’re bringing that functionality to Google Docs on the web.


Autocorrect helps you compose documents quickly and with confidence. Misspelled words will automatically be corrected while typing and denoted with a grey dashed underline. As you continue typing, this dashed line will disappear.

If you need to undo a correction, you can simply hit backspace, select “Undo” while hovering over the autocorrected word, or use keyboard shortcuts like Command+Z.

Getting started


  • Admins: There is no admin control for this feature.
  • End users: This feature will be ON by default and can be disabled by going to Tools > Preferences and unchecking “Automatically correct spelling”. Visit the Help Center to learn more about using autocorrect in Google Docs.

Rollout pace

  • Rapid Release domains: Gradual rollout (up to 15 days for feature visibility) starting on February 18, 2020
  • Scheduled Release domains: Extended rollout (potentially longer than 15 days for feature visibility) starting on March 3, 2020

Availability

  • Available to all G Suite customers and users with personal Google Accounts

Resources

Roadmap