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Today, when someone leaves a comment or suggestion on one of your Google documents, spreadsheets, or presentations, you receive an email notification. With this update, you can now choose to receive comment notifications on your Android device and web browser as well.


Notifications will follow the same rules as your existing notification settings, so there’s no need to update settings. Web browser notifications are controlled in the Drive settings menu and are off by default.

Note: You will only receive Android notifications if you have the latest Google Drive for Android app.


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Launching to both Rapid release and Scheduled release

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

Impact:
All end users

Action:
Change management suggested/FYI

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We’re excited to announce that the ”What’s New in Google Apps” site has been redesigned and relaunched as part of apps.google.com. The What’s New site has a slick new look and feel and brings together many helpful resources in one location.

Be sure to update your bookmarks with the new page locations (redirects from the old pages are in place as well):

The Google Apps release calendar itself is unchanged, but, if you haven’t already, be sure to add it to your own calendar and subscribe for notifications when calendar launch release dates change.

We hope you like the new home for Google Apps launch resources!


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Today, we’re announcing that as of September 26, 2016, we will discontinue support for Google Apps Lookup.

Google Apps Lookup was used for viewing the Global Directory on devices using Android 2.1 (Eclair) to Android 2.3 (Gingerbread). Newer versions of Android include Global Directory lookup functionality built directly into the native contacts app.

We recommend Apps admins to: 

  1. Identify users running Android 2.1 (Eclair) to 2.3 (Gingerbread) on your domain that may be affected by this announcement. If you are managing devices on your domain, you can use the “os:android” search operator to filter and sort users with devices on Android 2.2 (Froyo) to 2.3 (Gingerbread). Note: It is not possible to search for devices running Android 2.1 (Eclair), from the Admin console, as Device Policy is not available for this version of Android. 
  2. Assist users in updating to a newer version of Android via software update or find alternative contacts/Global Directory apps from Google Play

Users may check which version of Android they are using from their device, under Settings > About phone > Android version, or a similar location.

Users who have already installed Google Apps Lookup prior to September 26, 2016, will still be able to use the application. However, on September 26, 2016, support for this app will be discontinued and Google Apps Lookup will no longer be available from Google Play. Google Apps Lookup functionality cannot be guaranteed beyond September 26, 2016.

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Support will end for both Rapid release and Scheduled release on September 26, 2016 

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Full rollout (1-3 days for feature visibility)

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Security Assertion Markup Language (SAML) is an XML standard that allows secure web domains to exchange user authentication and authorization data. Google Apps for Work acts as an Identity Provider using SAML 2.0. With SAML, a user can use their Google Apps credentials to sign in to enterprise cloud applications via Single Sign-On (SSO).

In the Admin console today, you can track the creation, modification, and deployment of SAML applications by Apps administrators (under Reports > Audit > Admin). With this launch, you can now audit end-user events as well: successful SAML login and failed SAML login. You can see the audit trail on these events under Reports > Audit > SAML in the Admin console. This audit trail helps significantly with the debugging of runtime errors and the monitoring of user login events. It also provides information on error type, as well as OU-level filters that can enhance search capability.



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

Impact:
Admins only

Action:
Admin action suggested/FYI

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In May, we launched Mobile Audit, which audits activities on iOS and Android devices managed by Google Mobile Management, and which allows Apps admins to view reports on these activities and to receive alerts when certain activities take place. Today, we’re introducing Insights, a centralized location where admins can perform each of those actions. Located in the Device Management area of the Admin console, it features three sections: Mobile Reports, Mobile Audit, and Mobile Alerts. Check it out today, and refer to the Help Center for more information on Google Mobile Management.

NOTE: This feature is available for Google Apps Unlimited customers only.

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Launching to both Rapid release and Scheduled release

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

Impact:
Admins only

Action:
Admin action suggested/FYI

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We know that security is one of your top concerns as a Google Apps admin and that many of you require your employees to turn on 2-Step Verification (2SV) to keep their accounts safe. There are multiple ways your end users can approve sign-in requests via 2SV—by tapping a Security Key, by entering a verification code sent to their phone or, starting today, by approving a prompt like the one below that will pop up on their phone.


Your employees can now choose any of these options in the Sign-in & Security > Signing in to Google > 2-Step Verification section of My Account. Check out the Help Center for more detailed information.


Notes:
  • Currently, you can't have Security Keys and Google prompt enabled at the same time.
  • A data connection is required to use Google prompt.
  • Android users will need updated Google Play Services to use Google prompt.
  • iOS users will need the Google Search app installed on their phone to use Google prompt.

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Launching to both Rapid release and Scheduled release

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

Impact:
All end users

Action:
Change management suggested/FYI

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A new version (v4.3.0) of Google Apps Directory Sync (GADS) is now available for download. With this latest update, Google Apps admins can now use GADS to sync additional LDAP attributes into Custom User Fields for use with SAML SSO, or for simply building out richer Google Apps profiles for their users.

For example, a SAML application may require an account ID value for SSO access. With this launch, admins can now use GADS to sync an account ID value from LDAP into a custom user field. Then, within the SSO configuration of the SAML app, they can specify to use the account ID from the custom user field.

This latest version of GADS also includes the following bug fixes:

  • Fixed an issue where user-created groups' permissions were being reset by GADS to the default group permissions settings. 
  • Fixed an issue where the City field was not synced properly and did not display correctly in the contacts interface.
  • Fixed an issue where group descriptions containing a new line in LDAP would fail when being applied to the Google group. 

Check out the Help Center for more details and download the latest version of GADS.

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

Rollout pace:
Gradual rollout (potentially longer than 3 days* for feature visibility).
*Please note that GADS version 4.3.0 was rolled back shortly after launch to address a bug. The product team is currently working on a fix.

Impact:
Admins only

Action:
Admin action required (download the latest version of GADS)

More Information
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In the Admin console today, you can create Google+ profiles for employees in your domain—either one by one or across an entire organizational unit (OU). Until now, however, if you needed to create profiles for multiple individuals or only a portion of an OU, that process was tedious and lengthy. And if you needed to delete profiles, no tool existed. To save you valuable time and to give you greater control over your employees’ information, we’re now launching the ability to create and delete Google+ profiles for several employees at once.

Simply visit Apps > Additional Google services > Google+ > Profiles in the Admin console, and select all of the users for whom you want to create profiles (or whose profiles you want to delete).


In any profile you create, all information—except the individual’s name, picture, and tagline—will remain private until that user takes action to make it public. It’s important to note that you will not be able create a profile for any user who already has a public Gmail picture or who has uploaded photos to Picasa. Just as is the case today, those users will need to create their own Google+ profiles manually.

If you delete profiles for certain users, some of their content will also be deleted, while some of their content will remain. For more specific details, carefully review the summary of terms that appears in the Admin console before you complete this process.

*Please note that the bulk creation feature is not available to K–12 Google for Education customers.

Launch Details
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Launching to both Rapid release and Scheduled release

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

Impact:
Admins only

Action:
Admin action suggested/FYI

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Help Center: Manage Google+ profiles

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The latest versions of the Google Docs and Sheets apps for Android and iOS devices include the following new features:

  • Edit content in Print layout view in the Docs Android and iOS apps - Tap the edit pencil when you’re viewing a document in Print layout mode, and you’ll be able to edit that document immediately—without needing to leave Print layout mode. 


  • Add new and edit existing conditional formatting rules in the Sheets Android app - Format cells, rows, and columns to change their formatting (text, background color, and more) if they meet certain conditions, like containing a particular word or number.


Check out the Help Center articles below for more information.

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

Impact:
All end users

Action:
Change management suggested/FYI

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Print or change the page setup
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Cross-posted on the Google for Work Official Blog 

Posted by Prabhakar Raghavan, Vice President of Engineering, Google Apps

Google Atmosphere, Google’s global enterprise event series, lands today in Tokyo, where I’m addressing an audience of several thousand enterprise IT execs along with our very own Diane Greene, and local customers such as ASICS and Fujitec. We have two exciting announcements to share; new experiences we’re adding to the Google Apps suite, with Search and Sites.

It’s no secret that the growth of information inside the enterprise continues to accelerate. In fact, today the average knowledge worker spends the equivalent of one full day a week searching for and gathering information.1

Google Springboard puts the right information at your fingertips

Google is no stranger to helping enterprise customers sort through their corporate information and making it more useful for employees. We’ve been a leader in Enterprise Search for nearly 15 years and have partnered with some of the largest companies in the world. As we continue to invest in applying technologies like machine intelligence to power our web search engine, we’re working on a new way to bring all of this power to the enterprise: Google Springboard.
Google Springboard helps you find the right information that you need at the moment that you need it. It searches quickly and easily across all of your information in Google Apps including Gmail, Calendar, Docs, Drive, Contacts and more. Springboard also assists you throughout your workday by proactively providing useful and actionable information and recommendations.

A totally rebuilt Google Sites

Google Sites is one of the most popular products among our enterprise customers, and we’ve been working on an update that makes it even easier for employees to share information within their company.

With the new Google Sites, you can build beautiful, functional pages to aggregate and distribute content across your enterprise, optimized for every screen. A new intuitive drag-and-drop design experience supports real-time collaboration by multiple editors, just like in Docs, and offers easy access to all your content from Calendar, Docs, Drive, Maps and more. The new Sites also includes themes and layouts designed to scale and flex to any screen size, so they’re as useful when you access them on the 30-inch monitor at your desk or your smartphone on your commute.

Additional information for Apps administrators*:

  • The classic version of Google Sites will remain fully functional for at least one year.
  • In the future, we will provide options for moving content from classic Google Sites.

*These details were not included in the version of this post published on the Google for Work Blog.

Ready for early adopters

We’ve been previewing Google Springboard and the new Google Sites with a small set of customers, and we’re excited to begin to extend each of these new apps to more customers through an Early Adopter Program. If you’re the admin of a company that runs on Google Apps for Work you can express your interest in the Google Springboard Early Adopter Program or the Google Sites Early Adopter Program. We have a lot more in store for both Google Springboard and Google Sites, and we’re excited to help you start to take back the time you spend searching for and gathering information.2

1 Study from McKinsey states that the average information worker spends 8.8 hours or 19% of their average work week searching for or gathering information.
2 The Early Adopter Program for the new Google Sites will have no impact on customers’ usage of classic Google Sites.

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Companies are getting more connected every day, and if you’re like us, you might store business phone numbers in your Google Contacts to keep in touch with company headquarters, partners you work with, or even your favorite restaurant for delivery.

This launch adds Google Maps as a new source of information to enrich your existing contact data. Now when you store a phone number that matches an official business number in Google Maps, we’ll list the information you’ve saved, supplemented with business information directly from the listing. This can include business name, address, phone number, website, and photo. These fields will never override information you’ve added manually.


This new Google Maps integration is only available in the Google Contacts preview.


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Launching to both Rapid and Scheduled release

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

Impact:
All end users

Action:
Change management suggested/FYI


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Last month, we announced plans to no longer support two very old security systems called SSLv3 and RC4 when sending messages with Gmail SMTP, and today, we are announcing that Gmail IMAP/POP will follow suit and no longer support SSLv3 and RC4 connections after June 16, 2016.

Unlike Gmail SMTP, this change will be rolled out as a gradual change, where it may take longer than 30 days for users to be fully restricted from connecting to Gmail from SSLv3 or RC4 connections; however, we recommend updating your clients soon in order to avoid any potential disruption.

Please note: When given the choice, the vast majority of mail clients already favor modern TLS connections over outdated ones, so the majority of users are not affected by this change.


Action for admins still using SSLv3 or RC4 on IMAP or POP clients: 
  • Most Google Apps customers have already stopped using IMAP or POP clients that connect to mail servers using SSLv3 and RC4. After June 16, 2016, if users attempt to connect to Gmail from mail clients using SSLv3 or RC4, they may see connection errors for short periods of time.
  • If your mail clients only support SSLv3 and RC4, please update them so that they use recommended TLS configurations. See our announcement from last year in the Google Security Blog to see the recommended standards for TLS clients.


After June 16, 2016, IMAP and POP clients using SSLv3 or RC4 will gradually no longer be able to connect with Google’s mail servers. As a more general reminder, we plan to deprecate SSLv3 and RC4 across all of Google and any other systems relying on these less secure protocols over time. We suggest proactively updating to the recommended standards for TLS clients as a best practice.

Thank you for helping us keep mail safe for Google Apps users around the world.

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

Rollout pace: 
Gradual rollout (potentially longer than 30 days for feature visibility)

Impact: 
Mail clients or business software using SSLv3 or RC4 to connect to IMAP/POP

Action: 
Admin action required for domains using insecure TLS connections on their IMAP/POP mail clients

More Information
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Disabling SSLv3 and RC4


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(Cross-posted on Google for Work Blog)

Posted by Rahul Sood, Managing Director, Apps and Search for Work

For six years, the Google Apps Marketplace has helped businesses do more by being the number one source to find third-party apps and integrations that extend what's possible with Google Apps. But with hundreds of popular apps to choose from, it’s sometimes hard for customers to discover the newest and most innovative ones.

Enter New & Notable, a new section in the Google Apps Marketplace that surfaces the latest and best third-party apps and integrations for Google Apps, and the developers behind them.

Here’s a preview of some of the products highlighted this month:

  • Asana Dashboard: The new Asana Dashboard integrates with Google Sheets, allowing users to export task completion and performance information for wider tracking across teams. Read more here
  • Hubspot CRM: With the new HubSpot CRM app, users can now log emails sent from Gmail into HubSpot with one click, and automatically sync meetings between Google Calendar and HubSpot, no matter which system they came from. Read more here
  • Xero: With their latest integration, Xero — a provider of online accounting software for small businesses — lets users view Gmail messages alongside Xero transaction and activity details. Users can also save emails in Xero for reference, start a quote or invoice from within a Gmail message. Read more here
  • Zendesk: With their latest integration, Zendesk automates the Google Apps admin tasks of forwarding support e-mails into Zendesk and listing Google users within Zendesk. Read more here
  • Zoho People: Zoho People is a new HR management app for small businesses that lets users manage their HR portal directly from their Google Apps account, as well as add users directly to Zoho People, saving them from having to manually re-enter employee information. Read more here

Find these apps and many more (like AppSheet, GQueues, ZipBooks, Any.Do, Infogram, and LogoMix) in New & Notable. If you’re on the hunt for killer apps that help you get more done with Google Apps, it’s the best place to start.

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Check out the latest "What's New in Google Apps" newsletter [pdf] for a roundup of all Apps launches from May 2016.

Newsletter Archive & Translated Versions (coming soon for May issue)

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In March, we introduced the document outline in Google Docs on the web and Android devices. This feature simplifies and speeds up the process of navigating long, complicated documents. Today, we’re excited to announce that you can also use the document outline in the Docs app on your iPhone or iPad.

Displayed in a pane at the bottom of the page, this outline features headings for each section of your document, making it simple to quickly jump from place to place. If you haven’t manually applied headings, the feature will intelligently detect the logical divisions within your work. You can then edit or remove those headings as necessary.



This functionality, coupled with the fast scrolling feature launched for the Docs iOS app in April, will make it even easier for you to move through your work in Docs.

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Launching to both Rapid release and Scheduled release

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

Impact:
All end users

Action:
Change management suggested/FYI

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In the past year, we’ve made some changes to the Google bar that is displayed across the top of most Google apps. For instance, if a user has a picture associated with their account, they’ll see that picture in the Google bar; if they don’t have a picture, they’ll see their initial.

Because these changes have made it easier for account owners to identify the account they’re currently signed into and using, there’s no longer a need to display their name in the Google bar as well. With that in mind, starting today, account owner names will disappear from the space next to the app launcher in the Google bar in any Google apps where they previously appeared.


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Launching to both Rapid release and Scheduled release

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

Impact:
All end users

Action:
Change management suggested/FYI

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As security on mobile devices becomes increasingly important, we want to give Google Apps administrators an improved ability to monitor key activities occurring on managed devices. With that in mind, we are launching Mobile Audit, which audits activities on iOS and Android devices managed by Google Mobile Management. Examples of activities that will be recorded include mobile application changes, operating system updates, and device settings changes.

This will help admins make more informed decisions around which policies to enable and what actions to take. For instance, imagine a user loses their device. Previously, an admin would simply wipe the device. Following this launch, however, the admin can investigate further by checking the device’s audit trail. If he or she observes suspicious activities—like failed attempts to log in to the device or a change in the device’s serial number—he or she can choose to block the device instead of just wiping it.

Admins can visit the Reports page in the Admin console to see all audit events. They can then filter those events by event name, device ID, user name, or date and time. Additionally, admins can set up “alerts,” so they’ll be notified when certain activities take place on their users’ devices.

For more information on Mobile Audit and to see a list of all events audited, please refer to the Help Center.

Please note that only users with Google Apps Unlimited licenses (excluding Google Apps for Education) will have their mobile events audited.




Launch Details
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Launching to both Rapid release and Scheduled release

Rollout pace:
Gradual rollout over the course of several weeks

Impact:
Admins only

Action:
Admin action suggested/FYI

More Information
Help Center: Mobile audit log
Help Center: Administrator alerts
Help Center: View your organization's mobile devices
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Earlier this year, we launched several improvements for Data Loss Prevention for Gmail, such as optical character recognition and more flexible content detection thresholds. Google Apps Unlimited customers all around the world were able to start using DLP to automatically check outgoing messages according to content policies set by the administrator and help prevent accidental data loss.

In this latest release, we’re adding several new Personally Identifiable Information (PII) predefined detectors to enhance your DLP for Gmail solutions. The new detectors are as follows:
  • Mexico - Passport Number
  • Mexico - CURP Code
  • Korea - Passport Number
  • Spain - Passport Number
  • Germany - Passport Number
  • USA - Passport Number
  • China - Passport Number
  • Canada - Passport Number
  • France - Passport Number
  • Japan - Passport Number
  • UK - Passport Number

DLP for Gmail is available for Google Apps Unlimited customers only.


Launch Details

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Launching to both Rapid release and Scheduled release

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

Impact:
Admins only

Action:
Change management suggested/FYI

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Scan your email traffic using data loss protection

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Posted by Tom Holman, Product Manager, Google Sheets

There was a time when office work used to be all about pushing physical paper. Computing and productivity tools have made things better, but workers still find themselves doing the same tasks over and over across the different apps they use: copying and pasting from a CRM app to a slide presentation, or manually exporting data from a project management app just to turn around and import it back into a spreadsheet. It’s the digital equivalent of pushing paper.

To make it easier to get the job done across multiple apps, without all the copy and paste, we’re announcing three new APIs and a new feature to help workers get to the data they need, when and where they need it.

Build seamless integrations with the new Sheets and Slides APIs

Our new APIs let developers connect their apps—and the data within them—more deeply with Google Sheets and Google Slides.

The new Sheets API gives developers programmatic access to powerful features in the Sheets web and mobile interfaces, including charts and pivot tables. For example, developers can use Sheets as part of a rich workflow that pushes data from their app into Sheets and allows users to collaborate on that data before the updated data is pulled back into the original app, removing altogether the need to copy and paste.

Teams at Anaplan, Asana, Sage, Salesforce, and SAP Anywhere are already building interesting integrations with the new Sheets API. Check out this video to see an overview of what’s possible, as well as several example integrations.


The new Sheets API is available today. Find the developer documentation as well as a codelab to help you get started at developers.google.com/sheets.

Similar to the Sheets API, the new Slides API gives developers programmatic access to create and update presentations. For example, developers can use this API to push data and charts into Slides to create a polished report from source data in other application, ready to present.

Conga, ProsperWorks, SalesforceIQ, and Trello are all building integrations with Slides using the new API. Several examples of what’s possible are in this video.


The Slides API will be launching in the coming months, and these partner integrations will be available soon after. You can sign up for early access to the Slides API at developers.google.com/slides.

Keep your data in sync with the new Classroom API

For developers building tools and workflows for schools, the Classroom API has launched new coursework endpoints to help you build stronger integrations that keep your data in sync. Read the full announcement on the Google for Education blog, here.


Say goodbye to stale data with linked charts

Finally, to make sure we can help keep all this data flowing seamlessly from app to app, users can now also embed linked charts from Sheets into Docs or Slides. The result? Once the underlying data in a spreadsheet changes, whether that change comes from an action taken in another app via the API or a collaborator, an updated chart in the corresponding presentation or document is just one click away.



For more information, see how to add a chart to a document or to a presentation.

We can't wait to see what you build.

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Charts help you display data in a visually compelling way. At work, the same chart may be used across multiple documents and presentations, to help you better convey your message and strengthen your argument. If that chart changes, it can be tedious and time-consuming to replace it in each and every file. To save you valuable time, we’re now making it possible to update your chart with a single click—without ever needing to leave your document or presentation.

To get started, simply go to Insert > Chart in Google Docs or Slides on the web. Insert a new chart, or select From Sheets to add an existing chart from the spreadsheet of your choice. As long as you check the Link to spreadsheet box, you’ll be given the option to update the chart with one click if its underlying data in Google Sheets changes. Should you no longer want to be notified of updates to a particular chart, you can simply unlink it. This same functionality is available if you copy and paste a chart into a document or presentation.



Please note that the ability to import or update linked charts will only be available to collaborators with edit access to the document, presentation, or underlying spreadsheet. For more information on embedding charts in your Docs and Slides files, check out the Help Center articles below.

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

Impact:
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Action:
Change management suggested/FYI

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We know that internet connections can be spotty when you’re working on your phone on the go. And we recognize that sometimes you need access to a file you didn’t remember to make available offline. With this launch, we’ll make it easier to open Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides files on your Android and iOS devices when you’re not online.

Starting today, any Docs, Sheets, or Slides files you’ve recently worked on will be automatically synced to your mobile device, so you can open them even if you don’t have an internet connection. As your documents, spreadsheets, and presentations go stale—or if your phone or tablet maxes out on storage space—we’ll remove those older files from your device. To see what documents are saved to your device and to access them later, simply select Offline from the overflow menu in your Docs, Sheets, or Slides app. This will show files synced both automatically and manually (note that manually synced files will now be labeled with a checkmark, instead of a pin icon).



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Launching to both Rapid release and Scheduled release

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

Impact:
All end users

Action:
Change management suggested/FYI

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Help Center: Work on Google files offline

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Last September, we announced plans to no longer support two very old security systems called SSLv3 and RC4. As mentioned in Adam Langley’s announcement, these systems are no longer secure and pose a risk to those still using them:

SSLv3 has been obsolete for over 16 years and is so full of known problems that the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) has decided that it must no longer be used. RC4 is a 28-year-old cipher that has done remarkably well, but is now the subject of multiple attacks at security conferences. The IETF has decided that RC4 also warrants a statement that it too must no longer be used.

Because of these issues, after June 16, 2016, we will disable both SSLv3 and RC4 support at Google’s SMTP servers and on Gmail’s web servers.

If you are still using SSLv3 or RC4:
  • Most organizations on Google Apps have already stopped using SSLv3 and RC4; however, if you are still on these older systems, we recommend reviewing the suggested actions in the Security Blog announcement and updating to modern TLS configurations.
  • Some common systems that may still be using SSLv3: inbound/outbound gateways, third-party emailers, and systems using SMTP relay.
After this change, servers sending messages via SSLv3 and RC4 will no longer be able to exchange mail with Google’s SMTP servers, and some users using older and insecure mail clients won't be able to send mail.


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Action: 
Admin action required for domains using SSLv3 and RC4 for Gmail SMTP

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Google Calendar on the web is getting an update today: event locations will now appear in the day and week views.

Instead of needing to navigate to an event’s details in order see the event location, the event location will now appear on your calendar, when there is enough space available. For example, the Global Sales Training is located at Building 43-1-R45 in the image below:

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Launching to Rapid release, with Scheduled release coming in 2 weeks

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

Impact:
All end users

Action:
Change management suggested/FYI


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An update to the Google Calendar app for Android is coming to Google Play. When you dial in to your conference call, Google Calendar can now automatically add the passcode. Simply tap the call-in number from the calendar event and you’ll be prompted to select the relevant passcode for you ─ host or participant. 
Note: Google Calendar detects the passcode or meeting ID from the location or notes field in the calendar event. If this information is not found, dialing in will be the same as before, where the passcode or meeting ID is dialed manually.


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Action: 
Change management suggested/FYI

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Back in 2011, we launched the ability for any Google Apps administrator to set up DomainKey Identified Mail (DKIM). DKIM is a way to digitally sign messages so that recipient servers can verify that the message really comes from your domain and hasn't been changed along the way. Additionally, when you sign your messages with DKIM, they become less likely to get caught up in recipients’ spam filters.

The fight against spoofers still continues today, and as spoofers’ tools have gotten more powerful, 1024-bit DKIM keys are no longer as secure. For that reason, we’re pleased to announce that Google Apps customers can now digitally sign their messages with 2048-bit DKIM keys, and we strongly recommend making this the standard for all email messages sent from your domain going forward.

Recommendations

  • If you are currently not using DKIM to protect your Gmail messages, set up 2048-bit DKIM in the Admin console. See the Help Center articles below for instructions.
  • If you are already using DKIM with 1024-bit keys, check with your DNS provider to see if they support 2048-bit keys. If so, update your domain keys to 2048-bit for the best protection.

Important: Some domain registrars do not yet support 2048-bit DKIM keys, even though this has been available for more than 30 years. For those domains, we still offer the ability to sign messages with 1024-bit keys from a drop-down.


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Rollout pace:
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Impact:
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Action:
Admin action suggested/FYI

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About DKIM
Generate the domain key
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Update DNS records for a subdomain

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Google BigQuery is a serverless analytics data warehouse that lets you analyze large amounts of data to find meaningful insights, using familiar SQL. BigQuery is fully managed which means it frequently delivers features and upgrades without any downtime or burden on the user. For enterprise customers, the BigQuery team strives to deliver features that improve user productivity and interoperability, and make BigQuery even easier to use.

Last week, the BigQuery team announced integration with Google Drive. You can now:

  • Save query results directly to Google Sheets from the BigQuery UI. 
  • Query files directly from Google Drive, without first loading them into BigQuery. 
  • Query Google Sheets spreadsheets from BigQuery as you edit them in Sheets! 

Check out the post on the Google Cloud Big Data and Machine Learning blog for more details.

Launch Details
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Launched to both Rapid release and Scheduled release

Impact:
All end users/developers

Action:
Change management suggested/FYI

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Google Cloud Big Data and Machine Learning blog post


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We’re happy to announce that starting today the Gentle Notifications lab is graduating to become a fully supported feature.

You can now continue working in other tabs uninterrupted without losing track of your next meeting. Event notifications in browsers which support Web Notifications (like Google Chrome) will allow you to use native browser notifications instead of interruptive alerts. 

Get notifications using your browser’s native notification.

This new feature is opt-in and automatically activated for existing lab users. In order to opt-in, simply enable browser notifications from the settings menu in Google Calendar.


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Based on your feedback, we’re improving the search and filter experience in the Audit Reports section of the Admin console. Previously, when you typed a query in any one of the “Filters” fields in a particular report, we would automatically begin searching when your cursor left that field—an unexpected and often confusing experience. To make this workflow more intuitive, we’re adding a Search button below the filtering fields, which you’ll need to explicitly click to launch any search. This should make the process of pulling key reports quicker and easier.


Check out the Help Center for more details.

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Launching to both Rapid release and Scheduled release

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

Impact:
Admins only

Action:
Admin action suggested/FYI

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Help Center: Admin Audit Log

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Any skilled presenter knows that an interactive presentation is often an effective presentation. Starting today, you can better engage your audience by allowing them to submit questions and vote on them during Google Slides presentations.

To see the feature in action, check out this video in which Google Science Fair winner Shree Bose fields questions from a group of 200 middle school students.



A few things to note:

  • You can only use Slides Q&A if you have edit or comment access to that Slides presentation.
  • By default, any user in your domain can submit a question. If your organization permits external sharing, you can allow external users to submit questions as well.

For more information on how to accept, submit, and view audience questions in Google Slides, check out the Help Center.

Bonus! Allowing your audience to ask questions isn’t the only way we’re improving the presentation experience on Slides today. We’re also making the following possible:

  • Use your mouse as a laser pointer in Slides on the web. Just choose the laser pointer option from the toolbar and move your mouse, and a red laser-like dot will appear in the same place on screen, helping your audience know where to look and when.
  • In the Slides iOS app, present to a new Hangout or to a Hangout selected from a meeting on your Google Calendar. For more information, check out the Help Center

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

  • All mobile features
  • All audience features on mobile and desktop

Launching to Rapid release, with Scheduled release coming in two weeks:

  • Ability for a presenter to enable Q&A on desktop

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

Impact:
All end users

Action:
Change management suggested/FYI

More Information
Help Center: Ask and present audience questions
Help Center: Present slides
Google for Work Blog: Talk with your audience — not at them — with Slides Q&A

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Images—for instance, business logos—can make or break a spreadsheet. With that in mind, we’re launching improved image and drawing functionality in the Google Sheets mobile apps. Starting today, you can:

  • View images and drawings in in the Sheets app on your iPhone or iPad.
  • View images and drawings—even in frozen sections!—in the Sheets app on your Android device (previously these images would not render in frozen cells on Android).


Launch Details
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Launching to both Rapid release and Scheduled release

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

Impact:
All end users

Action:
Change management suggested/FYI

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