U-M Google Updates

Coming Soon: Google Chrome Verification Pop-Up


Starting May 7, 2018 you might see a new window when logging into University of Michigan Google resources using Chrome as a web browser. After logging in to weblogin, the page will redirect to a new screen at accounts.google.com to confirm your identity. Verifying your identity this way will provide an additional layer of security and help prevent anyone from accidentally signing in to an account created and controlled by an attacker. To minimize disruption, this feature will only display the pop-up once per account per device

Change to Default Drive Sharing in U-M Google Mail


U-M Google Mail is a convenient way to share files in Google Drive. If the email recipients do not have access to the linked files, you will get a message asking if you want to change the file’s sharing permissions. Until now, the default recommendation was to let anyone at the University of Michigan with the link view the file. To increase privacy, that default will soon change to recipients of this email can view the file. This share setting can still be changed from the default on each email. 


Recent Activity Displayed in Google


Google is continuously looking for ways to improve collaboration. One way is by adding new activity features to make it easier to see who updated a file and how.

Google Drive

Introducing Activity dashboard in Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides! It’s a feature that lets collaborators with edit access see who has viewed the file and when they viewed it. For example, a collaborator can check if a coworker has seen a file already and alert them that it’s been updated. Or an account manager can judge the best way to follow up with a partner, depending on whether that partner has viewed the materials they previously sent.

You may have noticed a notification in Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides to explain the feature and its control options. Activity dashboard will only show viewing data for a collaborator after they see this notification. It will not display any activity from before they saw it.

All collaborators will have access to privacy settings that allow them to control whether their views show up in Activity dashboard at any time. For more information and to change settings, see the Activity dashboard Help Center.

U-M Google March Summary


The monthly U-M Google Summaries inform campus of Google releases for Core Apps as well as the Non-Core Apps (those that are not part of the G Suite for Education agreement). We communicate important information on Core Apps throughout the month. Core and Non-Core Apps are listed on the G Suite website.

Core Apps

Previously Communicated

Note: Keep in mind that even when Non-core Apps are found in a Core App (like Google Drive), they are not covered by the G Suite for Education agreement.


Announcing Google Jamboard!



The new Jamboard service combines the same real-time, collaborative benefits of other G Suite applications like Google Docs but with a whiteboard interface that allows ideas and projects to come to life. The service is part of the Google Core offering available to the university.

Jamboard App

With the Jamboard app, you can use the Jamboard service with your tablet, phone or the web to connect to a “Jam session” (or Jamboard file) from anywhere. Once connected, several people at a time can collaboratively whiteboard and pull in content from Google Drive and other sources. You can view Jam sessions from any device with a web browser. The G Suite support site has more information on the phone app and the tablet app.

Jamboard files save automatically. The ones that you own appear in your Drive folder. This means you can open, copy, and share jam files from My Drive and Team Drives, and save Jamboard files to My Drive. With this launch you can:

  • Share Jamboard files directly from Drive.
  • Open Jamboard files from Drive in the Jamboard web and mobile applications.
  • Search for Jamboard files in Drive (by entering “type:jam” in the Drive search bar.)

For more information on using Jamboard, check out the Help Center.

Jamboard Kiosk

The Jamboard service can also be used with the Jamboard kiosk - a 55-inch, digital, collaborative whiteboard that works in the cloud. You can create notes, text, and images on the board. And, whatever you put on the board can be shared with the rest of your team, whether they are using another Jamboard in a remote location or on a mobile device, using the Jamboard app. The Jamboard kiosk comes with a passive stylus and an eraser (no batteries needed.) It can be wall–mounted or mounted on a movable stand.

The Collaboration Services team is gauging the interest for Jamboard hardware on campus. Before making any arrangements with a reseller,  please contact ITS if you are interested in purchasing Jamboard kiosk hardware. We will be working to ensure they can be acquired, installed and configured in the best way possible at the University of Michigan.