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SaaS Updates Summary: March 22 – 26

BetterCloud Monitor

March 29, 2021

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We saw most of the action at the beginning of the week (again!) Google announced features such as live captions on Google Meet calls for Android and iOS users. Plus, alerts for when someone subscribes to email notifications of your calendar. Check out all of last week’s action in the links.

Additional Language Support for Live Captions in Google Meet on Android and iOS Devices
Google Workspace Updates | Users in APAC and Europe can now enable live captions in the following languages in Google Meet on mobile devices: French, German, Portuguese, Spanish (Spain and Latin America). Live captions can help users easily participate in meetings who may speak a different primary language, are in loud noisy environments, are deaf or hard of hearing, or have other disabilities that make listening difficult.

Be Informed When Someone Subscribes To Email Notifications of Your Calendar
Google Workspace Updates | When you share your calendar with others, they have the option to subscribe to changes you make on your calendar. In order to increase transparency to calendar owners on who can access this information, Google will inform them via email if someone subscribes to be proactively notified about upcoming events or any changes to existing and new events on their calendar.

Alternate Runtimes Makes It Easier To Build Google Workspace Add-Ons, Now Generally Available
Google Workspace Updates | Google is launching a new way to create Google Workspace Add-ons. With alternative runtimes, developers can write Add-ons in any language and on any infrastructure, and then publish them to the Google Workspace Marketplace. Alternate runtimes was previously available in beta.

Changes to Google Drive Search Operators May Alter Your Google Vault Search Results
Google Workspace Updates | Starting April 27, 2021, to: and from: won’t match files shared before March 2021, but will better reflect actual sharing actions compared to the current logic. Before April 27, 2021, please check your saved Drive search queries in Google Vault and, if needed, make updates to ensure you get the results you expect.

Find Files Shared With You Using Updated Search Operators in Google Drive
Google Workspace Updates | Google is updating how some search operators work in Google Drive to make finding shared files easier. This includes adding new search operators and changing the behavior of some existing search operators. You’ll still be able to perform all the same searches, just the operators you’ll use for them may change.

New and Improved Google Chat UI on the Web
Google Workspace Updates | Starting March 24, Google is making some changes to the interface of Google Chat on the web (i.e. and the Progressive Web Application (PWA). The new interface is similar to that of Chat in Gmail, giving users a consistent and predictable Chat experience no matter where they are.

Customize Notification Frequency With More Options in Google Chat and Chat in Gmail
Google Workspace Updates | Google has added more options for notification settings in Google Chat and Chat in Gmail. The new options affect push notifications on desktop and mobile, as well as notification badges on both the Chat and Gmail apps.

Google Workspace Frontline Is Now Available
Google Workspace Updates | Google Workspace Frontline can help open up communication and collaboration channels between frontline workers and corporate teams in a way that’s safe and secure, even from their own personal devices. It’s a custom solution that includes communication and collaboration apps like Gmail, Chat, Docs, Drive, and more.

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