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SaaS Updates Summary: May 10 – May 14

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Last week, we learned that we’ll finally know when our Google Meet codes expire. Hooray! Plus, we’re getting some new tools to manage the transition to the new Google Sites experience. Read about these updates and more in the links.

New Options To Control Chat History in Unthreaded Google Chat Rooms
Google Workspace Updates | Google is introducing a new admin control for Google Chat history in unthreaded rooms. With this new control, admins have the option to set unthreaded room history behavior separately from 1:1 and group conversations: Admins can set the default history state to be either on or off.

Google Docs Will Now Use Canvas Based Rendering: This May Impact Some Chrome Extensions
Google Workspace Updates | Google is updating the way Google Docs renders documents. Over the course of the next several months, we’ll be migrating the underlying technical implementation of Docs from the current HTML-based rendering approach to a canvas-based approach.

Google Device Policy app ending support for iOS 11 soon
Google Workspace Updates | The Google Device Policy app won’t support mobile devices running iOS version 11 or lower after August 2021. If your organization has advanced mobile device management (MDM) enabled, users must upgrade to iOS version 12 or higher to access new MDM features or to download the Device Policy app for the first time.

Additional Tools for Managing the Transition From Classic to New Google Sites
Google Workspace Updates | In 2017, Google announced that we would replace classic Sites with new Sites, and in 2019 we announced that domains will have until the end of 2021 to complete the transition. Important note: Starting May 15, 2021, website creation in classic Google Sites will no longer be available.

Check When Your Google Meet Meeting Codes Expire To Ensure Smooth Future Meeting Experiences
Google Workspace Updates | Most meeting codes will expire 365 days after the last use, but there are instances where the meeting code will expire instantly once the meeting ends. These meeting code expirations will take effect beginning May 19, 2021.

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