Saturday, April 11, 2015

Another Google Apps Update Alert



Google Apps update alerts


Posted: 08 Apr 2015 02:15 PM PDT
Google Hangouts provides an end-to-end chat solution for Google Apps customers, allowing people within an organization to securely communicate with one another across all devices and platforms.

Today we’re adding two new policy options for Apps admins to give them greater control of how Hangouts chat is used in their domains, as well as introducing Google Apps Vault for Hangouts.

New chat policy options
Admins will now see two new options in the Hangouts chat settings in the Admin console, allowing them to:
  • Force Hangouts chat history to be on or off
  • Require only Hangouts chat to be used
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While admins could previously default all Hangouts chat conversation history to on or off, chat participants could change this on a per-conversation basis. With this new feature, admins can ensure chat participants cannot change this setting for new conversations. This also means that participants with Hangouts chat history forced on will not be able to communicate with participants with chat history forced off.

To enforce the Hangouts chat history policy, the new Hangouts chat only option must be selected. Please note that chat within Docs and Hangouts video calls will not be available for those customers who select the Hangouts chat only option. In addition, third party chat clients will not work with the Hangouts chat only option enabled.

Vault for Hangouts
Google Apps Vault lets you retain, archive, search, and export user data for your eDiscovery and compliance needs. With today’s launch, we’ll now extend Vault to support Hangouts chat history. For customers already using Vault, full chat retention for all messages will start automatically once chat history is forced on using the new setting.

Release track:
Rapid release and Scheduled release

For more information:
Help Center: New chat policies
Help Center: Vault for Hangouts
Google for Work blog post


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Posted: 08 Apr 2015 09:18 AM PDT
We launched the new Google Calendar app for Android last year, helping to save you time and make the most of every day. In February, we launched an updated version containing several additional features based on user feedback, and today we’re doing the same.

Month view has been added (back) to the latest version of the Google Calendar app for phones, coming to Google Play over the next few days.


Month view provides a high level view of all scheduled events for a full month, allowing people to then tap on a specific day for a closer look. Access to all available views (Schedule, Day, 3 Day, Week, Month) has also been moved from the overflow menu into the navigation drawer.

In addition, you can now see the color of events when jumping to a particular date from the drop down in the header when in Schedule, Day, 3 Day or Week view.

We're working on bringing many improvements to the new iPhone app as well.

Release track:
Rapid release and Scheduled release (gradual rollout)

For more information:
Help Center
Get the Google Calendar app for Android on Google Play


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Posted: 08 Apr 2015 05:16 AM PDT
Admin alerts help give Google Apps admins visibility into important events within their domain, such as potentially suspicious login attempts, or service setting changes by other administrators.

Previously, admins could turn on pre-defined alerts for various user activities, settings changes, and mail flow events. Today we are launching a new feature that allows admins to set up custom alerts for any of the following audit stream types:


Custom alerts give admins the flexibility to name and define the triggering audit stream event, add granular criteria like specifying the username of the person who performs the activity (e.g. Alert me when andrew@mycompany.com deletes a calendar) and specify who will receive any corresponding alerts.

Set alerts by clicking the ‘Set Alert’ button on any audit page within the Reports section:
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Admins can view and edit custom alerts from the 'Manage alerts' page within the Reports section:
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Setting alerts on Drive events:
Google Drive for Work and Google Apps for Education customers will now be able to configure alerts on sensitive Drive events like making a document public or a change in sharing permissions.

Check out the Help Center for more details.

Release track:
Rapid release and Scheduled release (gradual rollout)

For more information:
Help Center
Google for Work blog post


Note: all launches are applicable to all Google Apps editions unless otherwise noted

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