Translate a site, preview PDFs and page templates location released in Google Sites


In Google Sites you can now:
- Translate a site you visit that's not in your default language for Google Sites. This could be used by international co-workers to view the project site of a remote office if that project site is in the local language of that office.
- PDF files attached to pages and file cabinets can now be previewed with the Google Docs viewer so no need to download the file.
- You can now set a default location in your site for page templates.

Editions included:
Standard, Premier, Education, Team and Partner Editions

Languages included:
All languages supported by Google Sites

How to access what's new:
- If you visit a site that's not in your chosen language for Sites, there is now a 'Translate' link at the bottom right of the page which will translate the site for you using Google Translate.
- For a PDF file in Sites, clicking on 'View' instead of 'Download' now previews that PDF in Google Docs viewer.
- When saving or modifying a page template, choose 'Default location' to specify a location in your site structure. If a page is then created using this template, then the default location will be what you've specified.

For more information:
http://googledocs.blogspot.com/2009/12/just-in-time-for-holidays-weve-added.html

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Improvements to recurring events and Tasks in Google Calendar


Improvements to recurring events and Tasks in Google Calendar have been made:
- You now have the ability to change locations, add attendees, and change event descriptions without having the meeting break out of the series of recurring events.
- Tasks in Calendar is now available in 38 languages.

Editions included:
Standard, Premier, Education, Team and Partner Editions

Languages included:
Tasks: All languages supported by Google Calendar except Hebrew/Arabic

How to access what's new:
- In Calendar when modifying an event, when you change the time, title, description, location, or attendees of an individual meeting in a series, that meeting now remains part of the series.
- If you change the title, description, location, or attendees of a series of events, these changes will be applied to all events in the series, including those that have overridden fields. However, Calendar will intelligently keep track of what fields you override, and not change those fields e.g. if you change the location of one particular event instance in the series, then later modify the location for the entire series and give it a new title, the one particular event will be updated with the new title but the location will remain at what you had overridden.
- Changing the time or frequency of any series still resets all information in the series, even those that have been manually overridden.
- If you make any changes to a series and apply to "All Following", it will reset all information in all future meetings, and the future meetings will be become a new distinct series. This will override any fields that you may have manually overridden.

For more information:
http://www.google.com/support/calendar

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New version of Google Apps Directory Sync released


Version 1.6.12 of Google Apps Directory Sync has been released with new features including:
- Compatibility with the new Groups (user-managed) service that will automatically detect groups that users create, and will not delete or overwrite them.
- Delete limits: Delete limits now apply to users, groups and shared contacts. These limits stop any synchronization that deletes more than the specified percentage (or number) of users, groups or shared contacts.

Editions included:
Premier and Education Editions

How to access what's new:
Download page

For more information:
Release notes

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One button to merge all duplicate contacts in Contacts


You can now merge any duplicate contacts in your contacts manager all at once

Editions included:
Standard, Premier, Education and Partner Editions

Languages included:
All languages supported by Gmail

How to access what's new:
To tidy up your contact list in one go, just click the "Find duplicates" button in the contact manager, review the merge suggestions (and uncheck any suggestions you don't want merged), and hit the "Merge" button.

For more information:
http://gmailblog.blogspot.com/2009/12/one-button-to-merge-all-duplicate.html

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Co-editor presence for Google Docs presentation slides and elements


When editing a presentation with a co-editor, you can now see which slides they are editing. If they are editing the same slide, you can see which element - text box, shape, image, video etc.

Editions included:
Standard, Premier, Education, Team and Partner Editions

Languages included:
All languages supported by Google Docs

For more information:
http://googledocs.blogspot.com/2009/12/co-editor-presence-for-google-docs.html

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Sharing emails get a facelift in Google Docs


The new HTML email highlights the sender's personal message, shows the type of shared document using icons and color, and presents multiple documents as a simple list.


Editions included:
Standard, Premier, Education, Team and Partner Editions

Languages included:
All languages supported by Google Docs

For more information:
http://googledocs.blogspot.com/2009/12/sharing-emails-get-facelift.html

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Google Groups launched in Google Apps


Google Apps Premier and Education Edition administrators can now enable the new groups functionality from the control panel by enabling the "user-managed groups" service.

Editions included:
Premier and Education Editions

Languages included:
Groups interface: Arabic, Bulgarian, Catalan, Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, English (UK), Filipino, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latvian, Lithuanian, Malay, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese (Brazil), Portuguese (Portugal), Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Slovak, Slovenian, Spanish, Swedish, Tagalog, Thai, Turkish, Ukranian, Vietnamese.

How to access what's new:
- If the checkbox 'Automatically add new Google services' is checked in the administrator Control Panel, then Groups (user-managed) will be visible in your Dashboard.
- Otherwise, in your Google Apps Dashboard, click 'Add more services'. Click the 'Add it now' button to enable Groups (user-managed) for your domain.

Note: To add user-managed groups as a service, your Control Panel needs to be in US English and have the 'Next Generation' option selected in 'Domain Settings'. It will remain as a service on the Dashboard after you revert your control panel language back to your chosen language. The Groups interface language is determined by your web browser settings.

For more information:
http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2009/12/join-this-group-google-groups-joins.html
Help Center: http://www.google.com/support/a/bin/topic.py?hl=en&topic=25838


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Export all documents, email as an attachment and improved search in Google Docs

- Export All: You can now export all your Documents, Spreadsheets and Presentations at once directly from the Docs list.
- Email as an attachment: You can now email the document directly to people as an attachment from the Docs list.
- Improved search: Improved search functionality to show the most relevant documents when performing a search. Up to now this was based on 'Last modified date'. Also includes searching by automatic stemming and synonyms.

Editions included:
Standard, Premier, Education, Team and Partner Editions

Languages included:
All languages supported by Google Docs

How to access what's new:
- Export All: Select one or more files and then click on "Export" from the "More Actions" menu. Next, pick the format (e.g. PDF etc) you want for your exported files. Here you now also have the option to "Export all your files" up to 2GB into a single zip file. It can sometimes take a few minutes to download so you also have an "email when ready" option to notify you when the zip file is ready. If your files are larger than 2GB then Docs will present a list of those that weren't exported and you can export them to a zip file as normal.

- Email as an attachment: In the Docs list, select an item, click "Share" and select "Email as attachment...". Then pick which format you want to use to send the item, compose your email, and click send.

- Improved search: Search for a document from the Docs list as normal. In the displayed results, click on the new button "Relevance" which lets you decide whether you'd like to sort your Docs list by "Relevance," "Starred" or "Last Modified"

Note: We are temporarily removing the existing "email-in" feature to upload documents. This is in order to improve functionality and expand the supported file types. You can still upload multiple docs at once by using the multiple file upload option in the Docs list.


For more information:
http://googledocs.blogspot.com/2009/12/sort-by-relevance-export-all-and-more.html

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Ability to change the owner of a Google Spreadsheet


You now have the ability to change the owner of a spreadsheet just like in docs and presentations. This is helpful if you are working in a group and the owner of the document leaves your group or no longer needs to work on that document.

Editions included:
Standard, Premier, Education, Team and Partner Editions

Languages included:
All languages supported by Google Docs

How to access what's new:
In the Docs List, select the document in question, click 'More Actions', then 'Change Owner' and enter in the email address of the person you are transferring ownership to. You can also change owner in the sharing dialog for a spreadsheet. Click on 'Is owner' when choosing what level of access permission to give to a particular user.

Note: You cannot change ownership of any document to someone outside your domain.


For more information:
http://googledocs.blogspot.com/2009/12/change-owner-in-google-spreadsheet.html
http://docs.google.com/support/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=92358

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Offline Gmail graduates from Gmail Labs


Offline Gmail is now a regular feature of Gmail and is no longer enabled as part of Gmail Labs.

Editions included:
Standard, Premier, Education and Partner Editions

Languages included:
All languages supported by Gmail

How to access what's new:
Click the "Settings" link in the top-right corner of your inbox. Click the "Offline" tab and then select "Enable Offline Mail for this computer." Click "Save Changes" and follow the directions from there.

Note: The option to make Offline Gmail available for the domain is controlled by the domain administrator.
Premier and Education editions only: In the control panel, go to 'Email Settings' and enable/disable the checkbox for 'Enable Offline Gmail for my users'.

For more information:
http://gmailblog.blogspot.com/2009/12/offline-gmail-graduates-from-labs.html

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