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SaaS Updates Summary: March 18 – March 22

BetterCloud Monitor

March 22, 2019

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The G Suite updates are here to make your work life a breeze. With a new priority page and file suggestions coming to Drive, plus three new highly suggested modifications to Task, and the ability to find meeting organizers in order to more easily switch rooms, your work life is about to get much easier to manage. For all of last week’s updates, keep reading.

Disable SMS or Voice Codes for 2-Step Verification for More Secure Accounts
G Suite Updates | Google is adding an option for admins to disable telephony options as 2-Step Verification methods for G Suite accounts in their domain. This option will prevent their users from using SMS and voice codes for 2-factor authentication.

Work Smarter With the New Priority Page in Drive
G Suite Updates | Google is launching a new Priority page in Drive as a way to help you stay focused and get work done. This page will help you access the files you need through a combination of suggestions and workspaces. With the new Priority page, not only are the most relevant files served up to you, but you can take action on them, as well as sort them into workspaces.

View Calendar Event Creators to Easily Swap Meeting Rooms
G Suite Updates | You can now see the creator of a meeting when looking at a “busy” block of time on a resource or room’s schedule in the “Find a time” grid view. Simply hover over the block to see the event creator’s name (even if the event is “Private.”)

Set Start Times and Import Reminders in Tasks
G Suite Updates | Google is adding three highly-requested features to Tasks. You can now set a date and time for your tasks and receive notifications, create repeating tasks, and import reminders into Tasks.

An Updated Plan & Resources for Upcoming Changes to Groups Settings
G Suite Updates | Based on your feedback following Google’s previous announcement on changes to Google Groups settings starting May 6, 2019, Google is making a few changes.

Minor Updates Related to the Activity Dashboard in Editors and the Admin Console
G Suite Updates | Google is making two minor updates to verbiage found in the Activity Dashboard in Editors and related settings within the Admin console.

It’s Now Easier to Insert Images in Cells in Google Sheets
G Suite Updates | Google has made it simpler to add images inside of cells in Google Sheets. Previously, it was only possible to insert publicly hosted images into a cell using the IMAGE function. Now, you can insert any image, like those saved on your desktop or mobile device, into a cell by using the IMAGE function or the new option found inside the Insert menu.

New Drive File Suggestions in Chrome Launching in Beta
G Suite Updates | Google is launching a beta program for a new feature that allows users to search for Google Drive files that they have access to when using the Chrome Omnibox (search/URL box). Users in the beta can now search for files in Drive by owner or type, where previously they could only search for a title or URL of a webpage.

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