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The latest versions of the Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides Android apps include several new features that make working on your mobile phone or tablet easier and more efficient. Check out some of what’s new below:

Notification settings in Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides Android apps
As of last November, you can receive mobile notifications when a Drive file is shared with you or someone requests access to a Drive file you own. Previously, the only way to disable those notifications was via a setting in Drive. With this launch, we’ll allow you to enable or disable those notifications from the Settings menus in the Docs, Sheets, and Slides Android apps as well.

View existing Named Ranges in the Google Sheets Android app
In Google Sheets on the web, you can name a range of cells so that they’re easier to keep track of and find later and to simplify the process of creating formulas. With this launch, you can now view those named ranges and quickly navigate to their locations in the Google Sheets app for Android.

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Launching to both Rapid release and Scheduled release

Rollout pace: 
Gradual rollout (potentially longer than 3 days for feature visibility)

Impact: 
All end users

Action: 
Change management suggested/FYI

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Today, the new Google Forms will become the default option for Form creators. This follows our launch from last September, where a revamped Google Forms was released as opt-in-only until we could add additional features and functionality. Once launched, Form creators will be redirected to the new Google Forms whenever they create a new Google Form.

To opt-out, users may click the “running man” icon in the bottom left-hand corner.

Here’s a summary of the latest improvements:


  • View individual responses from the editor
    In addition to the summary of responses currently available in the Forms editor, creators will now be able to see individual survey responses as well. This will save valuable time when analyzing Forms. At the same time, if there’s so many responses that there may be performance issues, Google Forms will let users know how to visit the responses separately, instead of slowing down the editor.


    • Get notified for every form response
      Form creators will now be able to configure Google Forms to send them email notifications whenever someone responds. The default is set to off, but users can enable it from the form’s settings menu. 

    • Track responses to your Google Form
      Form creators will be able to see who they’ve sent their forms to and who still needs to respond. There will also be a new option to send out follow-up reminders as needed.


    Limitations

    • Responders will only see the new Google Forms for those forms created or edited in it.

    To opt out and go back to the old Google Forms, simply click the running man icon in the bottom left-hand corner of the Google Form and follow the prompts.


    Launch Details
    Release track:
    Form templates: Launching to both Rapid release and Scheduled release on Feb 10, 2016
    Most features: Launching to Rapid release on Feb 10, 2016, with Scheduled release coming in 2 weeks

    Rollout pace:
    Full rollout (1-3 days for feature visibility)

    Impact:
    All end users

    Action:
    Change management suggested/FYI

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    Posted:
    In September, we announced some changes to the default avatar that Google account owners with Google+ enabled see when logged into their accounts. We’re now making those same changes for Google account owners who don’t have Google+ enabled. Starting today, if a Google account owner has not added a photo to his or her account, we’ll show a custom avatar with that account owner’s given-name initial (two-character given names will be fully displayed). In some cases where initials are not available, a plain colored avatar will be used instead.

    This change will be visible* in the Google Bar soon and will be gradually reflected across all Google products over the course of the coming months.

    *NOTE: Users with initials in scripts other than Latin, Cyrillic, Greek, Chinese, Japanese, and Korean will see this change later this year.

    Launch Details
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    Launching to both Rapid release and Scheduled release

    Rollout pace:
    Full rollout (1–3 days for feature visibility)

    Impact:
    All end users

    Action:
    Change management suggested/FYI

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    The Google Admin mobile app allows Apps super admins to easily manage users and groups, contact support, view audit logs and perform other common administrative tasks all from their mobile devices.

    Following the recent upgrades to the Google Admin mobile app for Android, today’s launch adds similar functionality to the iOS app, making managing users even easier.

    Add users from contact list 
    When adding a new user, Apps super admins can now simply import a contact from their contact list and have all of their information pre-populated in the ‘Add user’ form. The information can then be edited as needed, and the user can be quickly created.
    Check out the Help Center for more information on the Google Admin app for iOS.

    Launch Details
    Release track:
    Launching to both Rapid release and Scheduled release

    Rollout pace:
    Full rollout (1-3 days for feature visibility)

    Impact:
    Admins only

    Action:
    Admin action suggested/FYI

    More Information
    Help Center: Manage Google Apps from an iOS device
    Help Center: Add a new user from your contacts
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    Posted:
    Previously, we displayed the number of Google Drive files with owners in your domain that were externally visible, because they were shared publicly, because they were made visible to anyone with the link, or because they were shared with specific recipients outside of your domain. We showed these metrics in two places in the Admin console: (1) under Reports > Highlights, and (2) under Reports > Security.

    Those metrics did not paint a complete picture, because they did not include sharing with consumer accounts and sharing with Google Groups with external members. With that in mind, we are working to improve our reporting on external Drive file sharing in the near future.

    Until then, however, we want to ensure that the numbers you see in the Admin console are accurate and comprehensive. As a result, we’re removing the “Shared outside domain” metric from the Highlights report and the “Externally shared files” column from the Security report.

    Highlights report


    Security report


    In addition to the changes described above, we’re making the names of the following sharing categories and events easier to understand and more consistent across the Admin console:
    • Under Reports > Highlights,
      • The “Document visibility” section is being renamed “Document Link Shared Status.”
      • “Externally visible files” are being renamed “External Link Shared Files.” This is the number of files shared publicly or with anyone with the link. This number does not include files that are shared only with specific recipients outside of your domain.
      • “Internally visible files” are being renamed “Internal Link Shared Files.” This is the number of files shared with a user’s entire domain, with anyone in a user’s domain who has the link, or with specific people in a user’s domain.
    • Under Reports > Security,
      • “Externally Visible files” are being renamed “External Link Shared Files.”
      • “Internally Visible files” are being renamed “Internal Link Shared Files.”
    • Under Reports > Audit > Drive*,
      • “Visibility change” is being renamed “Link Sharing visibility change.”
      • “Visibility access level change” is being renamed “Link Sharing Access Type Change.”

    Check out the Help Center articles below for more information, and stay tuned for even more improvements to Drive file sharing reporting in the Admin console.

     *Note that the Drive audit report is only available to Google Apps Unlimited customers.

    Launch Details
    Release track:
    Launching to both Rapid release and Scheduled release

    Rollout pace:
    Gradual rollout (3+ days for feature visibility)

    Impact:
    Admins only

    Action:
    Admin action suggested/FYI

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    Check out the latest "What's New in Google Apps" newsletter [pdf] for a roundup of all Apps launches from January 2016.

    Newsletter Archive & Translated Versions (coming soon for January issue)

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    Posted:
    This week, we added 54 additional country-based holiday calendars to the Google Calendar Android and iOS apps. In total, you can now get 143 holiday calendars directly on your mobile calendar.

    To add or change the national holidays you see on your calendar:

    1. Open the Google Calendar app
    2. In the top left, touch the Menu icon > Settings > Holidays.
    3. Touch the name of the current country.
    4. Touch a new country to add it, or touch the currently selected country to remove it.

    Get the latest version of the Google Calendar app from Google Play or the App Store, or visit the Help Center to learn more.

    Launch Details
    Release track:
    Launching to both Rapid release and Scheduled release

    Rollout pace:
    Full rollout (1-3 days for feature visibility)

    Impact:
    All end users

    Action:
    Change management suggested/FYI

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    Starting this week, you’ll be able to quickly create events in Google Calendar with smart suggestions for event titles, places and people, in more than 30 new languages. Available on Android and iOS.

    Getting started
    • When you begin typing an event title, you’ll see matching suggestions―choose one or keep typing. 
    • Tap “at...” to add a location to your event and later get directions.
    • Tap “with...” to add people to your event, so you can easily call or message them from the event. This won’t send them an invite.
    • English only: Tap “on…” to easily specify the date, time and duration of the event


    Visit the Help Center to get the full instructions for web, Android, and iOS.

    The newly supported languages are:

    Arabic (ar), Chinese (Simplified) (zh-CN), Chinese (Traditional) (zh-TW), Dutch (nl), English (UK) (en-GB), French (fr), German (de), Italian (it), Japanese (ja), Korean (ko), Polish (pl), Portuguese (Brazil) (pt-BR), Russian (ru), Spanish (es), Spanish (Latin America) (es-419), Thai (th), Turkish (tr), Bulgarian (bg), Catalan (ca), Croatian (hr), Czech (cs), Danish (da), Farsi (fa), Filipino (fil), Finnish (fi), Greek (el), Hebrew (iw), Hindi (hi), Hungarian (hu), Indonesian (id), Latvian (lv), Lithuanian (lt), Norwegian (Bokmal) (no), Portuguese (Portugal) (pt-PT), Romanian (ro), Serbian (sr), Slovak (sk), Slovenian (sl), Swedish (sv), Ukrainian (uk), Vietnamese (vi)

    Launch Details
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    Launching to both Rapid release and Scheduled release

    Rollout pace:
    Full rollout (1-3 days for feature visibility)

    Impact:
    All end users

    Action:
    Change management suggested/FYI

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    Posted:
    Updated versions of the Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides Android apps are now available on Google Play. These versions include the following new features:

    • Import and export additional file formats in Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides - As long as you’re online, you can now import and export the following file formats in and from the Docs, Sheets, and Slides Android apps:
      • Import - .txt, .rtf, and .html (in Docs)
      • Export - .docx, .rtf, .pdf, .txt., and .html (from Docs), .xlsx, .pdf, .html, .csv, and .tsv (from Sheets), and .pptx, .pdf, and .txt (from Slides)

    • Open CSV and TSV files in Google Sheets - In the latest version of the Android app for Sheets, you can open, view, and edit spreadsheets that are formatted as .csv or .tsv files.

    • Read from right to left in Google Sheets - If you use a right-to-left language (e.g. Hebrew) in Sheets, you’ll now see an option in the Android app to format your spreadsheet in that same direction. Once enabled, your columns will progress from right to left (starting with “A”), and your row numbers will appear on the right-hand side of your screen.

    • Filter data in Google Sheets - You can now apply new filters to spreadsheets in the Sheets Android app, as well as view and change existing ones. (NOTE: This feature became available in the app’s previous release.)
    Check out the Help Center articles below for more information.

    Launch Details
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    Launching to both Rapid release and Scheduled release

    Rollout pace:
    Gradual rollout (potentially longer than 3 days for feature visibility)

    Impact:
    All end users

    Action:
    Change management suggested/FYI

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    Work with others, with ease. Today’s launches make it super simple to comment on your colleagues’—and your own—Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides files on the web and mobile. Check out what’s new below:

    • Instant comments in Google Docs on the web - Highlight text or hover over the edge of a page to surface a small commenting icon, then click on that icon to quickly add a comment to that area of the document.
    • Instant mentions in Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides on the web, Android, and iOS - Start typing someone’s name or email address in a comment, and a list of suggested contacts will appear. Select anyone from that list to trigger an email notification to them—there’s no need to type “+” or “@” before their name!
    • Comments in the Google Sheets and Slides apps for Android and iOS - Add new and reply to existing comments in the Sheets* and Slides mobile apps—just like you can in the Docs apps for Android and iOS.

    • Comment swiping in the Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides apps - Simply swipe to move from one comment to the next in the Docs, Sheets, and Slides iOS apps, as well as the Slides Android app (you can already do this in the Docs and Sheets Android apps!).

    Try out these new features in Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides, and collaborate with fewer clicks!

    Launch Details
    Release track:
    Mobile features - Launching to both Rapid release and Scheduled release
    • Instant mentions in Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides on Android and iOS
    • Comments in the Google Sheets and Slides apps for Android and iOS*
    • Comment swiping in the Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides apps for iOS
    Web features - Launching to Rapid release, with Scheduled release coming on February 10th
    • Instant comments in Google Docs on the web
    • Instant mentions in Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides on the web

    *NOTE: Comments in the Google Sheets Android app launched on November 12th, 2015.

    Rollout pace:
    Full rollout (1–3 days for feature visibility)

    Impact:
    All end users

    Action:
    Change management suggested/FYI

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    Posted:
    When you share Google Drive files using Google Apps, we try our best to ensure that your recipients can actually access them. For instance, if you link to a Google Slides presentation in Gmail and that presentation hasn’t been shared with your recipient, we show you an option to share it before sending the email.



    We also do this if you “+” someone into a comment in Docs, Sheets, or Slides, if you add someone to a protected range in Sheets, or if you attach a Google file to a Calendar invite (provided the person on the other end doesn’t already have access).

    We’ve heard from many Apps admins, however, that they want greater control over the sharing options their employees have in these scenarios. In response to that feedback, today we’re introducing new Access Checker settings in the Admin console (Admin console > Apps > Google Apps > Settings for Drive > Sharing settings).

    If an admin allows external, public file sharing (i.e. they’ve checked the box next to Allow users in XYZ domain to publish files on the web or make them visible to the world as public or unlisted files), that admin will now be able to say which of the following three options their users will have when sharing files in the scenarios described above:

    • Option 1: Recipients only, their domain, or public (no Google account required)
    • Option 2: Recipients only or their domain
    • Option 3: Recipients only



    For example, if an admin chooses option 1 and an employee in their domain attaches a Google Sheets spreadsheet to an event in Calendar, that employee will be asked if they want to share that spreadsheet with guests of the event only or one of two additional options: (1) anyone in their domain with the link (if all guests are in their domain), or (2) anyone with the link (if any guests are in different domains).





    At launch, for admins who allow external, public file sharing, “recipients only, their domain, or public” will be the option selected by default.

    Alternatively, if an admin prohibits external, public file sharing, that admin will be able to choose which of the following two options their users see when sharing files in the scenarios described above:

    • Option 1: Recipients only or their domain
    • Option 2: Recipients only



    For these admins, “recipients only or their domain” will be the option selected by default.

    It’s important to note that the sharing options shown to users will be determined based on the settings in the document owner’s domain, which may not be the same as the settings in the domain of the person sharing the file. If someone tries to share multiple files and different policies apply to each (e.g. because the document owners are in different domains), we'll abide by the least permissive policy when showing options to users.

    Consider this example: a user tries to send an email with three files attached—one file allows public sharing, and two allow sharing with recipients only. In that case, we’ll only offer the option to share with recipients, as that option abides by the least permissive policy associated with the files being shared.

    Launch Details
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    Launching to both Rapid release and Scheduled release

    Rollout pace:
    Full rollout (1–3 days for feature visibility)

    Impact:
    Admins and end users

    Action:
    Admin action required

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    Posted:
    Today in Google Calendar for Work, when you create an event that includes one or more guests from outside of your domain, you’re prompted to confirm whether it’s okay to include external guests on the event invitation. Starting this week, domain administrators will be able to enable or disable these prompts from the Admin console.

    From the Admin console, click Apps > Google Apps > Calendar > Sharing Settings > External invitations to enable or disable the invitation prompts when your users invite guests from outside of your domain.

    Administrators who manage users through organizational units (OU) may also configure this setting on a per-OU basis. For example, if you have a Sales department that works with many external customers, you may disable the invitation prompts for those users but keep them enabled for your Engineering department.

    This new setting will be enabled by default for all users, which is the same experience that users are accustomed to today. You can learn more in the Help Center.



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    Launching to both Rapid release and Scheduled release

    Rollout pace:
    Full rollout (1-3 days for feature visibility)

    Impact:
    Admins only

    Action:
    Admin action suggested/FYI

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    We know how important it is to stay organized at work, so we’re making it easier to move and arrange your files and folders in Google Drive. When looking at Search results or items in the Shared with me, Recent, or Starred views in Drive, you’ll now see one of two options in the toolbar at the top of the screen. If the item you’ve selected is not already located in My Drive, you’ll continue to see the option to Add to My Drive. Clicking on that option will add the item to My Drive and then allow you to move it to various folders.

    Add to My Drive v2.png

    Alternatively, if the item you’ve selected is already in My Drive, you’ll now see an option to Move to, which will make it easy to move that item to a new or different folder via a simpler, clearer workflow.

    Move to v2.png

    As an added bonus, you’ll also be able to drag and drop items from your search results to your folders.

    In addition to these improvements, we’re making it simpler to organize Drive files when you’re previewing them. For example, if you’re previewing a document that’s not already in My Drive, you’ll now see an option to Add to My Drive in the toolbar at the top of the screen. If you add that item to My Drive (or if you’re previewing an item that’s already located in My Drive), you’ll now be able to quickly and easily move that file to different folders, directly from the preview screen.

    Add to My Drive (Preview).png

    Launch Details 
    Release track:
    Launching to Rapid release, with Scheduled release coming in two weeks

    Rollout pace:
    Gradual rollout (potentially longer than 3 days for feature visibility)

    Impact:
    All end users

    Action:
    Change management suggested/FYI

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    Posted:
    Currently, when Google Apps admins create a new calendar resource in the Admin console, it is shared as ‘See only free/busy’ with everyone in their domain when internal sharing options for secondary calendars are set to 'Hide event details.' However, this default behavior does not allow for these resources to be booked by users in the domain, and requires admins to share those resources with the domain as ‘See all event details.’

    With today’s launch, a new setting has been added to the Admin console to allow users to book resources that are shared as ‘See only free/busy.’
    This new setting has the following advantages:
    • Admins can now hide, by default, sensitive event information from users in their domain, without preventing those users from booking those resources. 
    • Admins no longer need to manually modify the sharing settings of each resource they create to make them available for booking from their domain. 
    The setting will be defaulted off for all existing Apps customers, so existing configured resource booking settings will not change as a result of this launch. See the Help Center for more information.

    Launch Details 
    Release track:
    Launching to both Rapid release and Scheduled release

    Rollout pace:
    Full rollout (1-3 days for feature visibility)

    Impact:
    Admins only

    Action:
    Admin action suggested/FYI

    More Information 
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    We know that when you’re working in Google Docs, you’re often working in Google Sheets and Google Slides at the same time. With that in mind, we’re making it easier to find and switch between your documents, spreadsheets, and presentations. Starting today, when you search from the Docs, Sheets, and Slides home screens on the web, your results will contain files from all three Apps.

    At the top of the results screen, you’ll see Top results, which will contain a mix of files, if relevant. Just below that you’ll see Recent documents (or Recent spreadsheets, or Recent presentations, whichever is applicable), which will only contain files from the App you’re working in.



    Launch Details
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    Launching to Rapid release, with Scheduled release coming in two weeks

    Rollout pace:
    Full rollout (1–3 days for feature visibility)

    Impact:
    All end users

    Action:
    Change management suggested/FYI

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    Posted:
    Last year, based on customer requests to improve the overall impact of Admin console notifications and reduce their volume, we stopped including suspicious login alerts in the Admin console notification inbox. To further improve impact, we’ll now be doing the same for hijacked account, password leak, and suspended for spamming alerts. These alerts will continue to be sent via email.

    This change will go into effect on January 14, 2016.

    Launch Details
    Release track:
    Launching to both Rapid release and Scheduled release

    Rollout pace:
    Full rollout (1-3 days for feature visibility), starting on January 14, 2016

    Impact:
    Admins only

    Action:
    Admin action suggested/FYI


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    A new version of the Google Drive iOS app is coming to the App Store. New features include:
    • Peek and pop: Use 3D Touch to preview a file or folder and take common actions before opening or sharing it (iPhone 6s and 6s Plus only).  
    • Support for the following new languages: Hindi, Indian English, Canadian French, and Chinese (Hong Kong) 

    Launch Details 
    Release track:
    Launched to both Rapid release and Scheduled release

    Rollout pace: 
    Gradual rollout (potentially longer than 3 days for feature visibility)

    Impact: 
    All end users

    Action:
    Change management suggested/FYI

    More Information 
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    Posted:
    Google Apps Mobility Management allows admins to enforce policies on managed devices in their organizations via the device management settings page in the Admin console. With the continued evolution of our mobile device management (MDM) and mobile application management (MAM) capabilities, however, an ever-growing list of policy settings on a single page has become unwieldy for admins.

    With that in mind, we’ve redesigned the device management experience by logically categorizing the settings, making them easier to find and use. For example, all settings applicable to Android devices are now grouped under Android Settings. There are six additional groups of settings: Setup, Password Settings, iOS Settings, Advanced Settings, Device Approvals, and App Management (the individual settings themselves have not changed).

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    Please note that this feature will roll out gradually and may not be available to 100% of domains until mid-Q1 2016.

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    Launching to both Rapid release and Scheduled release

    Rollout pace:
    Gradual rollout (potentially longer than 3 days for feature visibility)

    Impact:
    Admins only

    Action:
    Admin action suggested/FYI

    More Information
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    Check out the latest "What's New in Google Apps" newsletter [pdf] for a roundup of all Apps launches from December 2015.

    Newsletter Archive & Translated Versions (coming soon for December issue)

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    Posted:
    When signing up for Google Apps, customers are provided with access to several additional free services, including YouTube, Blogger, Google Analytics, and many more. Admins can turn these services On or Off for their users in the Admin console by looking in Apps > Additional Google services.

    Starting today, we’ll be cleaning up the list of services that are available and removing any services that have been shut down by Google in the last couple of years. These changes will have no impact on current On/Off service settings.   

    Check out the Help Center for more information on accessing additional Google services.

    Launch Details
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    Launching to both Rapid release and Scheduled release

    Rollout pace: 
    Gradual rollout (potentially longer than 3 days for feature visibility) to be completed in early January

    Impact: 
    Admins only

    Action:
    Admin action suggested/FYI

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    Posted:
    Originally Posted on Google Apps Developers blog

    Posted by Muzammil Esmail, Product Manager, Google for Work and Wesley Chun, Developer Advocate, Google Apps

    Over the years, we’ve been updating our APIs with new versions across Drive and Calendar, as well as those used for managing Google Apps for Work domains. These new services offer developers improvements over previous functionality and introduces new features that help Apps administrators better manage their domains.

    To deliver even more granular control, today we are announcing the new Calendar Resource API as part of the Admin SDK’s Directory API that enables Google for Work customers to manage their physical resources, like conference rooms, printers, nap pods, tennis courts, walkstations, etc. These physical resources can be added to meetings by end users as needed. The API released today replaces the GDATA Calendar Resource API, so we encourage developers to begin moving their applications and tools to the new API. Please note that we will begin deprecation in January 2016 and sunset the existing API in January 2017. Stay tuned for a formal deprecation announcement with details.


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    Posted:
    Templates allow you to quickly and easily create files with specific purposes—for instance, you can pull together a project proposal in Google Docs, an invoice in Google Sheets, or a case study in Google Slides without spending unnecessary time or resources on formatting. In September, we launched templates in Docs, Sheets, and Slides on the web; today, we’re rolling out that same functionality for their corresponding Android and iOS apps.

    Starting now, when you go to create a new document, spreadsheet, or presentation on your Android or iOS device (by clicking the red “+” button in the bottom right corner of your screen), you’ll be given the option to choose a template. These templates will be the same as those available to you in Docs, Sheets, and Slides on the web, including a meeting agenda, pitch deck, expense report, and more.



    Focus on your content, not your formatting. Check out the Help Center article below for more information on getting started with templates.

    Launch Details
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    Launching to both Rapid release and Scheduled release

    Rollout pace:
    Gradual rollout (potentially longer than 3 days for feature visibility)

    Impact:
    All end users

    Action:
    Change management suggested/FYI

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    Posted:
    The email routing settings in the Admin console allow Google Apps admins to set up default mail routing options across their domain, or for specific organizational units. For example, you may want to route certain incoming mail to different server locations or recipients based on the nature of its content, or require that outbound mail pass through a gateway before being sent for greater security. 

    These settings provide admins with a high level of granular control, but we realized that they can be complicated to find and use in their current structure in the Admin console. That’s why with today’s launch, we’re taking the first step towards significantly simplifying the experience for email routing settings by adding a new section called Routing under Gmail > Advanced settings > General settings
    This new Routing section will consolidate the following existing settings into one location, making them easier to manage: Sending routing, Receiving routing, Outbound gateway, Default routing, and Email routing. The new Routing settings will coexist with your existing routing settings for the short term, and any routing policies previously set will not be impacted. 

    In the future, we’ll further improve the email routing experience by migrating and consolidating additional existing settings into the new centralized location. Stay tuned for more information on these plans.

    Admins creating new email routing policies are encouraged to use the new Routing settings for enhanced functionality. In addition to being easier to use, the new Routing settings will apply to SMTP-relayed messages as well as messages sent to email groups. These features are not available using the previous settings. 

    Check out the Help Center for more details on the new Routing settings.

    Launch Details
    Release track:  
    Launching to both Rapid release and Scheduled release

    Rollout pace: 
    Full rollout (1-3 days for feature visibility)

    Impact: 
    Admins only

    Action:
    Admin action suggested/FYI

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    Employees across the world use Google Sheets. Starting today, any user whose preferred language is set to English or one of 21 additional, supported languages will see functions in Sheets on the web and mobile in that preferred language. (Please note that some specific functions will continue to appear in English only—even if the user’s preferred language is supported.)
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    Following this launch, new Sheets users will see functions in their preferred language if that language is supported. Any existing Sheets user whose preferred language is supported will be given an option in Sheets on the web to keep their functions in English or to show them in their preferred language. If they choose the latter, they can switch back to English at any time by selecting Always use English function names under Spreadsheet settings in the File menu.
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    Check out the Change a spreadsheet's locale, time zone, recalculation, and language Help Center article for a list of supported languages, as well as the additional articles below for more information.

    Launch Details
    Release track:
    Launching to Rapid release, with Scheduled release coming on January 11th, 2016

    Rollout pace:
    Full rollout (1–3 days for feature visibility)

    Impact:
    All end users

    Action:
    Change management suggested/FYI

    More Information
    Help Center: Change a spreadsheet's locale, time zone, recalculation, and language
    Help Center: Change language in My Account
    Help Center: Functions and formulas in Sheets

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    Today we are announcing the Certificate Enrollment for Chrome OS extension, providing an out-of-the-box certificate enrollment experience for Chromebooks in enterprises with a deployment of Microsoft Public Key Infrastructure based off of Active Directory.
    This new extension allows users to easily request a certificate for their managed Chromebooks to access enterprise-protected networks and resources. It also allows admins to scale their Chromebook rollouts by automating the Active Directory certificate enrollment process via Google's Admin console.

    Check out the Help Center for minimum requirements and deployment guidelines.

    Launch Details 
    Release track:  
    Launching to both Rapid release and Scheduled release

    Rollout pace: 
    Full rollout (1-3 days for feature visibility)

    Impact: 
    All end users

    Action:
    Change management suggested/FYI

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    When you’re on the go, you need your calendar events to be up to date. Now, the latest version of the Google Calendar app for Android makes it easy for you to see whether your accounts are properly syncing, and quickly fix them if they aren't.
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    If sync is turned off for any of your accounts, you'll see the message “Enable sync” in the left side Menu. When you see this message, click on your account's email address to turn sync back on. 

    If you're still having problems syncing your events, check out the sync troubleshooting help page

    Launch Details
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    Launching to both Rapid release and Scheduled release

    Rollout pace: 
    Full rollout (1-3 days for feature visibility)

    Impact: 
    All end users

    Action:
    Change management suggested/FYI

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    Get the Google Calendar Android app on Google Play

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    Posted:
    Last week, we announced that a recent change has been made to our security policy, whereby OAuth2 tokens issued for access to certain products will now be revoked when a user's password is changed. 

    We’ve received questions from Apps customers on the implications of this policy change for which we’d like to provide thoughtful responses in advance of the full rollout. As a result, and given the approaching holiday season, we have decided to delay the full rollout of this policy change until early 2016.

    Please monitor the launch release calendar for the new launch date and stay tuned for additional communication and answers to frequently asked questions.


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    When you store important files in Google Drive they’re not only safe, they’re accessible from any device. Finding these files again from any device should be super easy, so we’re rolling out a new search experience to get you better results — even faster.

    Drive lets you search across all your files, regardless of the device they came from. To make that easier, you can use these new ways to find your files:

    • Narrow your search to a file type from the search box on Android, iOS, and the web.
    • Open advanced search instantly from the search box.
    • Access recent files or search Drive from the home screen using 3D Touch on iOS. 
    • Search Drive using the iOS search bar without opening the Drive app.

    Several behind-the-scenes improvements give your search queries even better results than they did before. And to get more specific results, anyone can now do the following:

    • Search for shared files by file owner using their name or email address.
    • Use advanced search options like the date a file was modified, words it contains, or who it was shared with.

    This is all part of an ongoing effort to make Drive the easiest place to find your files. See below for the specific rollout details.

    Launch Details
    Release track:  
    - Android and iOS features launching to both Rapid release and Scheduled release
    - Web changes launching to Rapid release, with Scheduled release coming in early January (monitor the launch calendar for specific date)

    Rollout pace: 
    Gradual rollout (potentially longer than 3 days for feature visibility)

    Impact: 
    All end users

    Action:
    Change management suggested/FYI


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