Release Notes

This page documents production updates to Cloud Billing. You can periodically check this page for announcements about new or updated features, bug fixes, known issues, and deprecated functionality.

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June 26, 2019

Complete Billing Record in Reports: Starting with your May 2019 invoice (issued in early June 2019), you can configure your Cloud Billing reports to view your charges by invoice, including invoice-level charges (for example, taxes, contractual credits, or surcharges) and any rounding errors. Use this view to reconcile your Cloud Billing reports to your invoice, to the penny. See the documentation for more details.

Cost Breakdown Reports: Cost Breakdown reports are now available in Cloud Billing. Use Cost Breakdown reports for a quick overview of how usage-based discounts and credits save you money on your GCP invoice. See the documentation for more details.

June 11, 2019

Cloud Billing has added a Committed Use Discounts (CUD) Analysis report. View the CUD Analysis report to easily visualize the effectiveness and financial impact of committed use discounts you have purchased. See the documentation for more details. Learn more about Committed Use Discounts.

May 22, 2019

The Cloud Billing reports now support filtering and grouping costs by location, specifically geography (such as Americas), multi-region (such as US), or region (such as us-east1). See the documentation for more details. Learn more about Cloud locations.

April 1, 2019

Cost forecasts in the Cloud Billing reports now includes both your long term cost trend as well as any consistent monthly cycles such as sustained use discounts. Including monthly cycles in your cost forecast makes it easier to see at a glance how how much you are projected to spend by the end of the month. See the documentation for more details.

March 14, 2019

Budget alerts against forecasted costs: You can now configure budget alerts for when your costs are forecasted to exceed your budget. For each budget you have configured, you can set multiple budget alert threshold rules, triggered against either actual costs or forecasted costs, so you can stay informed of how your spend is tracking against your budget and avoid billing surprises. See the documentation for more details.

February 4, 2019

Cloud Billing reports now support detailed credit types in the report settings.

Previously, costs were reported as cost before credits, credits, and cost after credits. The credit amount displayed was a sum of all possible credit types.

With this launch, you can now see what types of credits (discounts, promotions, etc.) comprise the credit amount displayed in the report. In the report settings, you can toggle on and off the different types of credits to customize your report views. See the billing reports documentation for details.

December 13, 2018

Complete Billing Record in Export: Starting with your January 2019 invoice (issued in early February 2019) you can reconcile your Cloud Billing export to BigQuery to your invoice, to the penny. The export now includes a cost_type field to identify regular, tax, adjustment, and rounding error costs. See the documentation and example queries for more details.

Folders in Export: Cloud Billing export to BigQuery now includes the folder(s) and organization (if applicable) that a project belongs to (its project ancestry). This helps you do things like query costs by folder. See the documentation for more details about project.ancestry_numbers.

November 30, 2018

Cloud Billing reports now support a bar chart view. See the billing reports documentation for details.

September 17, 2018

Cloud Billing export to BigQuery now includes additional location and system label fields to let you examine your cost data in more granular detail. Location details allow you to view your costs in each GCP region and zone, where supported by the service. System labels allow you to segment your costs by virtual machine type, number of cores, or amount of RAM. The compute.googleapis.com/machine_spec system label should now be used in place of sku.description to query costs by virtual machine family and geometry. See the documentation for more details about the new fields.

August 6, 2018

A new Cloud Billing IAM permission is now available that gives you finer control over what cost data your users can see. You can now use billing.resourceCosts.get to grant project-specific access to cost data like billing reports. The new permission was added on August 6, 2018. To give you time to set up your users with the correct permissions, the new permission will not be enforced until August 20, 2018. See the documentation for more details.

July 9, 2018

Cost forecasts are now available as a GA feature in Cloud Billing reports. Cost forecasts make it easier to see at a glance how your costs are trending and how much you are projected to spend. See the blog and documentation for more details.

May 31, 2018

Cloud Billing export to BigQuery now includes the invoice month (invoice.month) that the cost line item appears on. See the export schema documentation and example queries for more details.

May 22, 2018

Cloud Billing programmatic notifications for budget alerts is now available in GA. You can configure programmatic notifications to receive Cloud Pub/Sub messages about the current status of your budget. See the blog and documentation for more details.

April 24, 2018

Cloud Billing reports are now available in GA. Billing reports let you quickly chart your billing account's cloud spending. See the blog and documentation for more details.

March 30, 2018

Cloud Billing programmatic notifications for budget alerts is now available in Beta. You can configure programmatic notifications to receive Cloud Pub/Sub messages about the current status of your budget. See the documentation for more details.

March 20, 2018

Cloud Billing reports are now available in Beta. Billing reports let you quickly chart your billing account's cloud spending. See the blog and documentation for more details.

February 27, 2018

The Cloud Billing Catalog API is now available in GA. The Catalog API offers programmatic access to pricing metadata on Cloud Platform SKUs. See the blog and documentation for more details.

November 15, 2017

Cloud Billing export to BigQuery is now available in GA. BigQuery billing export regularly publishes new SKU usage and cost data to your BigQuery dataset. You can write SQL queries to understand your spending and use the BigQuery dataset to drive visualization tools like Data Studio. See the blog and documentation for more details.

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