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SaaS Updates Summary: June 25 – June 29

BetterCloud Monitor

June 29, 2018

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Greetings. There were a couple of exciting G Suite updates this week. For one, Google is introducing a new out of office option and customizable working hours in Google Calendar to further improve your digital well-being (and hopefully get people to stop pestering you when you’re out of the office). Google is also rolling out a new G Suite Apps Uptime Report in the Admin console, and they’re making the Quick Access feature in Google Docs available too. Plus, they’ve enabled new features in Hangouts Meet to ensure your users always find their meeting rooms configured correctly. And finally, Google announced a discounted price of Jamboard devices for G Suite for Education customers in the US (a one-time cost of $5600).

Read on for more details.

Google’s IT Support Professional Certificate Enrolls in Community College
The Keyword | Starting this fall, Google is bringing the Google IT Support Professional Certificate to more than 25 community colleges in Illinois, Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin, Texas, California, and New York. This Grow with Google program teaches people the skills they need for an entry-level job in IT support in about eight months. Since its launch in January, almost 40,000 people have enrolled in the program, and Google has funded over 10,000 scholarships to support veterans, refugees, and low-income learners.

Better Manage Your Work and Personal Time with Google Calendar
G Suite Updates | Google is introducing a new out of office option and customizable working hours to further improve your digital well-being.

Ensuring Your Hangouts Meet Meeting Rooms Are Always Ready for the Next Meeting
G Suite Updates | Google has 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.

New G Suite Apps Uptime Report in the Admin Console
G Suite Updates | Google is 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.

Discounted Price of Jamboard Devices for Education Domains
G Suite Updates | To help make Jamboard technology more accessible to educational institutions, Google is offering a new, discounted price for Jamboard, specifically for G Suite for Education domains. G Suite for Education customers in the United States are now eligible to purchase a Jamboard for a one-time cost of $5600.

Spend Less Time Searching with New Google Docs Features
G Suite Updates | Google is making the Quick Access feature in Google Docs available to more G Suite users and is adding natural language search when you’re looking for documents. They hope these launches mean you spend less time searching for documents and more time working on them.

For last week’s SaaS updates (and beyond), click here for our archive.

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