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As available with the classic version of Google Drive, we’ve now incorporated the option to view and manage versions for non-Google file formats in the new Google Drive.

Simply right-click on a non-Google file (or click on it and use the ‘More Actions’ menu in the toolbar), and select ‘Manage versions.’

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People using the Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides apps for iPhone and iPad will now see a new Incoming view added to the navigation panel, similar to the one in Drive today, granting quick access to files that have been shared with them. As with other available views, by touching the menu button next to a file in Incoming they can perform a number of actions, including:

  • Share
  • Download
  • Move to a folder in Drive
  • Print
  • Remove

Release track:
Rapid release and Scheduled release

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We have added a new feature to Admin console reporting called aggregate reports. The aggregate reports are designed to provide domain-level trends across multiple apps and allows admins to select their favorite reports for regular tracking.

The first version contains a series of charts displaying Google+ Hangouts usage, account status, admin status, storage quota, document visibility, email count, and Drive file count for all people within your Google Apps domain.

These new reports are best used for seeing overview trends. The user-level reports should be used for detailed user-level data. Admins can easily export the report directly to a Google Sheet or download it as CSV.

We will soon be adding many more reports to this section like usage trends for mobile, mail spam reports and many others so stay tuned.

To access the aggregate reports, sign in to the Admin console and click Reports > Aggregate Reports.

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Building on the recent launch of installable triggers for add-ons, time-based triggers can now be used as well. Time-based triggers let scripts execute at a particular time or on a recurring interval, as frequently as once per hour in add-ons.

Take a look at our trigger documentation for more information.

Release track:
Rapid release and Scheduled release

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Email log search gives admins the ability to sift through the delivery logs for their domains and evaluate message transit. This is useful for tracking down a sender or recipient's missing messages, such as those that have been quarantined as spam or otherwise routed incorrectly. Admins also use this tool to determine the IP addresses sending and receiving mail or troubleshoot how policies affect mail flow.

Today we’re launching several improvements to email log search, including:
  • Displaying compliance rule executions
  • Allowing export of log search results to Google Sheets
    • Note: the export/download button has moved from above and below the search results to the upper right of the screen (see screenshot below)

  • Correct list expansion when the sender or recipient changes
    • Note: Admins should anticipate seeing more details appear in messages where information changes during the lifecycle of a message
  • Improving visibility of message transit time
    • Time is now shown per recipient on the message details page
  • Label and informational message changes  

To access email log search, click on Reports -> Audit -> Email Log Search from Admin console.

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Google Classroom launched this summer to make Google Apps for Education even simpler — saving teachers time and making it easier to collaborate with students. Today, we’re launching five improvements to Classroom, focusing on things educators and students around the world told us were most important to them:

  • Groups integration: Ability to pre-populate classes using existing Google Groups. If your school uses tools like School Directory Sync, admins can sync class rosters from the student information system (SIS) into Groups.
  • Mark assignments as “done”: Students can mark assignments as complete even if there's nothing to turn in (e.g. watch a video, read a chapter, bring something to class)
  • Export all grades: Teachers will now have the ability to download grades for all assignments at once, making it easier to export assignments to any gradebook
  • Sorting: Teachers can now choose to sort students by first or last name, depending on their needs
  • Greater teacher controls: Teachers can now set permissions for whether or not their class can post or comment in the stream, they can mute individual students from posting or commenting and can even view previously deleted items in the stream

Release track:
Rapid release and Scheduled release

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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)

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In an effort to provide more historical App usage reporting data for admins, we recently extended the time limit for application usage activity reporting data provided by the Admin SDK Reports API from 6 months to 15 months.

Note that this change does not apply to the application usage activity reports in the Admin console Reports UI, nor does it apply to the Audit reports API or Admin console Audit UI, which will remain at the current 6 month limit.  

The limit extension began when this feature was officially implemented on September 2, 2014, so the full 15 month (450 day) history will be available on May 30, 2015, with an earliest available record date of March 6, 2014. For example, if you attempted to pull an Apps usage activity report today via the API, you would get a little over 7 months worth of data.

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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

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Today we announced Google+ Polls, a new feature that allows people using Google+ to create interactive polls and share them with their friends and followers.

Images can be added to the polls from one’s device or Google+ photos, making them interesting and engaging. Followers can then vote on the polls and results are visible to them after they vote.

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Polls will become available over the next few days on Android and the web, and are coming soon to iOS. Look for the new poll icon when creating a post to create a poll.

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We have added spell check functionality to the new Google Sheets. This is a new and improved version of spell check compared to what existed in the old Sheets.

In this version, spelling is checked against the web (similar to Docs and Slides) so that the dictionary is always up-to-date. Also like in Docs and Slides, people can add words to their own dictionary so that the spell checker won't mark names or abbreviations as misspellings in the future.

You can access the functionality by selecting Tools -> Spelling. Incorrect words are featured in a window on the upper right corner of the screen, along with suggested spellings. Suggestions can be accepted or ignored.

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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

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This launch allows Google Apps customers to share links to Hangouts video calls so that external guests may request to join if not explicitly invited. This will also help your guests avoid errors when joining with alternate Google accounts.

Features of the launch include:

  1. People in the same domain as the Hangout can make the video call externally accessible with the link.

  1. Video calls that are shared with the link require someone in the Hangout Apps domain to accept those requesting access.

Primary use-case: A person using Hangouts for Work invites another contact to a Hangout via calendar, but the contact connects through their browser, already logged in with their personal account.

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Originally posted to the Google Apps Developer blog

Earlier this year, we introduced add-ons for Google Docs and Sheets—packaged Apps Script projects that users can easily install from our add-on store to get extra functionality and features.

Since then, plenty of developers told us they were eager to add installable Apps Script triggers to their add-ons. We're happy to announce that now you can do just that, making it possible to respond to more user actions. For example, a spreadsheet add-on can now react when a user submits a response to a Google Form, or can call a method that requires authorization when a user edits a cell.

Add-ons can now programmatically create and manage these installable triggers:
  • Sheets add-ons can use the change, edit, open, and form-submit installable triggers.
  • Docs add-ons can use the (new!) open installable trigger.

To see the power of installable triggers in action, check out developer Romain Vialard's Yet Another Mail Merge, which has already been updated. The original YAMM lets users quickly personalize Gmail drafts by replacing placeholder fields with data from a spreadsheet. The new version uses a trigger to send an email whenever a form is submitted.

If you've worked with installable triggers before, you'll find that they behave a little differently in add-ons (for one thing, there are no pesky "Summary of failures" emails!), so be sure to check out the documentation.

Posted by Edward Jones, Googler


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Check out this month's "What's New in Google Apps" newsletter [pdf] for a roundup of all Apps launches from September 2014.

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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.

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Your work depends on the best solutions to some tough problems. Whether you're working to optimize distribution networks or delivery routes, or simply getting the best staff schedules and optimizing your finances, the Google Sheets add-on for linear optimization can now help you do the math.

This add-on is one of many available. Remember to check out the complete store for Docs and Sheets often--more useful tools are being added each week.

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