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New version of the Google Drive app for Android

A new version of the Google Drive Android app is coming to Google Play. The launch includes:
  • New Design: The new interface, leveraging some of the Material Design principles recently announced, puts your content front and center and makes creating, uploading and accessing it easier than ever.
  • Improved Search: The search tool makes it easy to find the content you’re looking for by updating results as you type each letter into the search box.
  • Better Sharing: Add a custom message when you share a file so your collaborators know why you sent it. You can also turn on link sharing to make the file “public” and set access to view, comment, or edit. This automatically copies the link to the clipboard and allows you to paste it wherever you want.
  • Enhanced PDF Viewer: A new PDF viewer lets you find, select and copy text in PDFs, and it’s built right into Drive so you don’t need to launch another app.

 

Release track:

Rapid release and Scheduled release (gradual rollout)

 

For more information:

Get the Google Drive App on Google Play

 

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Auto-upgrade to the new Google Forms

Auto-upgrade to the new Google Forms, In the coming weeks, we’ll begin auto-upgrading all legacy forms created in the old version of Google Forms (those created prior to February 2013) to the new version. The new version of Forms supports higher response rates and advanced features like custom themes, randomizing questions, and one response per person.

All responses from the old Forms will migrate seamlessly to the new version. Legacy form themes and stylings will migrate as well with potential visual differences. After the upgrade is complete, a notification will appear when an editor opens any upgraded form, indicating that the upgrade has occurred. At that point, we recommend choosing a newer theme (or customizing one) to ensure a smooth user experience with your form.

In the future, we’ll be auto-converting legacy themes to comparable versions in the new system, which will allow for theme customization and a better mobile experience (additional communication to follow in advance of this change).

Release track:
Upgrade for Rapid release domains to start on Oct 20, with Scheduled release starting two weeks later (gradual rollout)

For more information:

Help Center

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New Hangouts Chrome app

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A new Hangouts Chrome app was launched today with an updated UI. The app is available for Windows and Chrome OS platforms and brings the best of Hangouts to your desktop.

Improvements include:

  • Streamlined design that keeps your chats accessible without getting in the way of everything else. Your contact list and all your chats are condensed into one easy to toggle window.
  • Works outside of your browser so your chats are always available, not tucked away inside a window. You’ll get all your messages as long as you have the app running, and your chats will sync across Hangouts on all your devices.
  • Includes all the video and voice features you’re used to in Hangouts. We recently announced you can make phone calls to any number in the world (via Hangouts dialer) and now you can do this right from your desktop.

Release track:
Rapid release and Scheduled release

For more information:
Chrome Blog post
Help Center
Download the Hangouts Chrome app

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Adjust image color and filters in Google Slides

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People working with images in Google Slides on the web will now have the ability to adjust their color, transparency, brightness, and contrast.

To use this feature, select an image in Google Slides and click the Image options button in the toolbar (you can also right click on the image, or use the Format menu, and select Image options). Under “Recolor,” you can change the color of your image to match your presentation. Under “Adjustments,” you can change the following:

  • Transparency: How much of the slide shows through behind the image
  • Brightness: How bright the image appears on the slide
  • Contrast: How much the image stands out from its background

 

Release track:

Rapid release, with Scheduled release coming in two weeks

 

For more information:

Google Drive Blog post

Help Center

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Restore deleted Drive and Gmail data

 

Restore deleted Drive and Gmail data

Restore deleted Drive and Gmail data , Currently admins can restore deleted Drive content for individual people in their domain using the Admin console. If a person accidentally deletes important data, this helps ensure that the data is not permanently lost. Today’s launch adds the ability to restore Gmail messages that were inadvertently deleted and return them to people’s inboxes.

This launch also adds the ability to perform Drive or Gmail data restores for up to 10 people simultaneously. Admins can select a date range to restore data from up to 25 days in the past.

 

Release track:

Rapid release and Scheduled release

 

For more information:

Help Center

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Increased productivity and security for iOS devices with iOS Sync for Google Apps

Today we introduced a new iOS Mobile Device Management (MDM) solution known as iOS Sync for Google Apps, which integrates Google mobile apps with native iOS device management. Users of Gmail, Drive, Docs, Sheets, and Slides on their iPhones and iPads receive all the benefits of Google Apps on iOS,andorganizations maintain the security they need.

The advantages of iOS Sync for users and administrators include:

1) Manage Google Apps: Set a policy that prompts employees to enroll their device when they log into Google Apps such as Google Drive and Gmail.         

2) Configure WiFi networks: Distribute WiFi passwords and certificates to employees so they can easily connect to trusted networks.     

3) Support for existing policies: Manage password requirements, data encryption and camera policies, as well as actions like remotely wiping a device, activation approvals and blocking devices.

 

In addition, customers who are using our existing Google Sync MDM solution now have the option to disable ActiveSync while continuing to manage iOS devices in their organization.

iOS Sync (which works with iOS 7 and iOS 8, and the upcoming iPhone 6 and 6+) is now available for Google Apps for Work, Google Apps for Education and Google Apps for Government. Admins should access the Device management function in the Admin console to establish an Apple push notification certificate and begin enabling these new functions.

 

Release track:

Rapid release and Scheduled release

 

For more information:

Google for Work Blog post

 

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New UI for all Google Drive pickers

Comprompt-Google DriveWe have launched a new UI for all Google Drive pickers–the interface that allows people to select and insert content stored in Google Drive (e.g. Insert files from Drive, Insert Images from Drive, etc). The UI will closely align with the new Google Drive UI, and will move all menu options from vertical tabs on the left side of the picker to horizontal tabs running along the top of the picker.

 

Release track:

Rapid release and Scheduled release (gradual rollout)

 

For more information:

Learn how to opt-in

 

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Improved presenting in Hangouts video calls: Present to everyone

Improved presenting in Hangouts video calls

Any participant in a video call can now select a participant to be shown to all other participants’ views. This feature overrides the automatic speaker-driven switching for everyone in the call. For example, if a participant is sharing a desktop view or showing something live, anyone can make that the default view for all, so there is no visual disruption to the meeting.

Anyone presenting in the same room using g.co/present/ will automatically join in “Present to everyone” mode if there are no other presenters.

Release track:
Rapid release and Scheduled release

For more information:
Help Center

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Classroom now available to Google Apps for Education

Classroom now available to Google Apps for Education

Today we started to open Classroom all Google Apps for Education users helping teachers create and collect assignments paperlessly.

Classroom includes time-saving features like the ability to automatically make a copy of a Google Document for each student, and also creates Drive folders for each assignment and for each student to help keep everyone organized. Students can keep track of what’s due on the Assignments page and begin working with just a click. Teachers can quickly see who has or hasn’t completed the work, and provide direct, real-time feedback and grades right in Classroom.

We’ll be rolling out to more users every day, so if you go to classroom.google.com with your Apps for Education account and don’t have access yet, please check back soon.

Release track:
Rapid release and Scheduled release

For more information:
Enterprise blog post

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