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Apple’s School & Business Manager platforms to support Google Workspace

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Both Apple School Manager and Apple Business Manager will receive support for integration with Google Workspace Identity Services later in 2022, enabling easy sign-in and directory synchronization functionality.

New integration will allow IT teams that rely on Google Workspace Identity services to implement directory synchronization and federated authentication across both platforms Apple, iPhone maker announced tuesday.

With the Directory Sync feature, user records and Managed Apple IDs will be created automatically and users can sign in to their Managed Apple ID with their Google Workspace account. This will enable a seamless login process on apps like Pages, FaceTime, etc.

Currently, Apple’s management services integrate with Microsoft’s Azure Active Directory. With the new Google integration, Apple’s services expand to include even more computing configurations.

Support for Google Workspace identity was announced on Tuesday alongside new educational features and programs, including a Learning Coach program that will help teachers use devices such as iPhone, Mac and iPad in their daily workflows.

Apple says Google Workspace integration for Apple School Manager will arrive in the spring, but it’s unclear if the same is true for Apple Business Manager.