Email Overload? Priority Inbox now in Gmail


Priority Inbox (Beta) is a new view of your inbox that automatically helps you focus on your most important messages. Priority Inbox splits your inbox into three sections: “Important and unread,” “Starred,” and “Everything else”. Messages are automatically categorized as they arrive in your inbox.

Gmail uses a variety of signals to predict which messages are important, including the people you email most and which messages you open and reply to (these are likely more important than the ones you skip over). You can improve the ranking in Priority Inbox by clicking the plus or minus buttons at the top of the inbox to mark conversations as important or not important.

You can choose to show different types of messages in each section, to set maximum sizes for each section, and to hide or add a section altogether. You can customize your sections from the Priority Inbox tab under Gmail Settings or right from the inline menus dropdown arrow.

Editions included:
Standard, Premier, Education, Partner Edition and Google Apps for Government

Languages included:
All languages supported by Gmail

How to access what's new:
- Users can manually opt-in to this new feature by clicking on the "New! Priority Inbox" link in the top right corner.
- Users can return to the normal view at any time by clicking on “Inbox” or by disabling Priority Inbox in “Settings”.
- Priority Inbox is not fully available in Gmail for mobile. There is, however, an “Important” label on the mobile web app and in IMAP where you will find your important messages if you have chosen to show Priority Inbox.
- If you only access your Gmail account through POP or IMAP, Priority Inbox won’t be fully available. If you select “Show Priority Inbox” from Gmail Settings in the web interface, you will see an “Important” label which contains your important messages.

Note: This feature is being rolled out gradually this week to Google Apps domains and only to domains whose administrator has enabled the ‘Enable pre-release features’ checkbox in the Google Apps Control Panel under ‘Domain settings’.

For more information:
http://googleenterprise.blogspot.com/2010/08/email-overload-try-priority-inbox.html
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In-cell dropdown and data validation now in Google Spreadsheets


We’ve introduced in-cell dropdown and validation to spreadsheets. This makes it easy to constrain the values of an individual cell to a specific range or list.

Editions included:
Standard, Premier, Education, Team, Partner Edition and Google Apps for Government

Languages included:
All languages supported by Google Docs

How to access what's new:
1. Enter data into a range of cells. For example, create a list of destinations on your spreadsheet.
2. Select the cell(s) you would like to validate.
3. Under the Tools menu, select Data validation...
4. Change the Criteria to ‘Items from a list.’
5. Click the button next to the ‘Create list from range’ option and select the range of cells you entered data in during Step 1.
6. Click Save and the cell you chose to validate will have a dropdown arrow in it with the data in your cell range as the potential input values. If you want, you can set a cell to allow invalid data.

For more information:
http://googledocs.blogspot.com/2010/08/in-cell-dropdown-and-validation-in.html

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Easily see all formulas at once in Google Spreadsheets


We’ve now introduced the ability to reveal all formulas with one click

Editions included:
Standard, Premier, Education, Team, Partner Edition and Google Apps for Government

Languages included:
All languages supported by Google Docs

How to access what's new:
When editing a spreadsheet you can enable this view in three ways: Select the ‘Show All Formulas’ button on the top right; Select ‘Show All Formulas’ in the View menu; Click Ctrl ‘ (Cmd ‘ on a Mac.)

For more information:
http://docs.google.com/support/bin/topic.py?hl=en&topic=15115

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Gmail: Voice and video chat now available for Linux


Voice and video chat for Linux is now available. This supports Ubuntu and other Debian-based Linux distributions, and RPM support will be coming soon.

Editions included:
Standard, Premier, Education, Partner Edition and Google Apps for Government

How to access what's new:
Download the plugin

For more information:
http://www.google.com/support/chat/bin/answer.py?answer=159499

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Horizontal navigation, global footer and more in Google Sites


The following new features have been added to Google Sites:
- You can now add horizontal navigation to your site’s layout in one of three different options: boxes, tabs, and links.
- You can now set your site to have a global footer that displays across all pages on the site.
- We’ve added quick links to Google Docs embedded to Google Sites making it easier for collaborators to open embedded documents.
- We also added a “Deleted items” section to site management making it easier to get to deleted pages and attachments.

Editions included:
Standard, Premier, Education, Team, Partner Edition and Google Apps for Government

Languages included:
All languages supported by Google Sites

How to access what's new:
Horizontal navigation: You can enable this in More actions > Manage site > Site layout > Change site layout. You can also set the background, link and hover properties via More actions > Manage site >Colors and Fonts.
Global footer: Set this footer via More actions > Manage site > Site layout > Change site layout.
Deleted items: You can access this new option at More actions > Manage site > Deleted items. In this new section, you can choose to recover deleted items or permanently delete them manually. Deleted items can be recovered up to 30 days after they have been deleted, after which they will be permanently removed.

For more information:
http://googledocs.blogspot.com/2010/08/horizontal-navigation-site-footer-and.html
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Check spelling in Google Spreadsheets


You can now check your spelling in spreadsheets. The tool will go through all the cells on your sheet, highlighting each cell which has a misspelled word in red. Words that might be misspelled in each cell are underlined in red and can be changed by clicking on them and selecting the right spelling.

Editions included:
Standard, Premier, Education, Team, Partner Edition and Google Apps for Government

Languages included:
All languages supported by Google Docs

How to access what's new:
When editing a spreadsheet, select ‘Tools’, then ‘Check spelling’ to check your sheet. Click ‘Next’ to go to the next cell and once all the cells on one sheet have been checked, you can continue to the next sheet.

For more information:
http://googledocs.blogspot.com/2010/08/check-spelling-in-google-spreadsheets.html
http://docs.google.com/support/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=58193

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Auto-linking, preferences and more page sizes now in Google Docs


Auto-linking: Now when you type something that documents recognizes as a link, it will become a link automatically. If you don’t want your text to be a link, you can undo the auto-linking by pressing Ctrl Z (Cmd Z on a Mac).

Preferences: If you don’t want automatic link detection, you can disable it completely by opening the ‘Preferences’ dialog from the ‘Tools’ menu. You can also permanently disable curly quotes (smart-quotes) in this dialog.

Page sizes: More page sizes have been added to documents. Find the new options in ‘File’, then ‘Page Setup’ when editing a document.

Editions included:
Standard, Premier, Education, Team, Partner Edition and Google Apps for Government

Languages included:
All languages supported by Google Docs

For more information:
http://googledocs.blogspot.com/2010/08/auto-linking-preferences-and-page-sizes.html

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Google Calendar Sync now supports Outlook 2010

Google Calendar Sync for Outlook (version 0.9.3.6) now supports Outlook 2010. Outlook 2010 comes in 32-bit and 64-bit versions, and currently only 32-bit is supported.

Editions included:
Standard, Premier, Education, Team, Partner Edition and Google Apps for Government

How to access what's new:
Download

For more information:
http://www.google.com/support/calendar/bin/answer.py?answer=89955

Note: If you’re already using Google Calendar Sync, you’ll need to download and install this new version in order to be able to sync with Outlook 2010. This is a standalone sync tool for Google Calendar only.

For more syncing options, please review the information on Google Apps Sync for Microsoft Outlook® at http://mail.google.com/support/bin/topic.py?topic=23333.

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Email migration now even easier with new version of Google Apps Migration for Microsoft® Exchange

A new version of Google Apps Migration for Microsoft® Exchange has been released with the following new features:

IMAP support – Administrators can use the tool’s new IMAP capabilities to migrate email from systems like Novell Groupwise to Google Apps, or even migrate data between Google Apps accounts.

PST support – Administrators can migrate PST files on behalf of users in their domain once they have aggregated users' data files in one location.

Better support for hosted Exchange – Administrators can now migrate data from hosted Exchange by running the migration tool on local servers, without requiring the Exchange hosting partner to run any special software on their end.

Editions included:
Premier, Education Edition and Google Apps for Government

Languages included:
US English

How to access what's new:
Download Page

For more information:
http://googleenterprise.blogspot.com/2010/08/going-google-made-easier-with-better.html
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Newer version for Google Apps Directory Sync tool available

We recently released version 1.6.18 of Google Apps Directory Sync which includes support for multiple organizational units in Google Apps. This lets you specify how you want to synchronize organizational structures in the General Settings page in Configuration Manager. You can then set up organization synchronization rules and organization mapping in the new Org Unit section of Configuration Manager.

Editions included:
Premier, Education, Partner Edition and Google Apps for Government

Languages included:
US English

For more information:
http://www.google.com/support/a/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=106368

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Convert files in the documents list to a Google Docs format

You can now convert files already uploaded to your documents list into a Google Docs format. Previously, this option was only available on upload. This includes converting image and PDF files to text using our recently added Optical Character Recognition (OCR) technology.

The full list of files that can be converted include:
For spreadsheets: .xls, .xlsx, .ods, .csv, .tsv, .txt, .tsb
For documents: .doc, .docx, .html, plain text (.txt), .rtf
For presentations: .ppt, .pps
For OCR: .jpg, .gif, .png, .pd

Editions included:
Standard, Premier, Education, Team, Partner Edition and Google Apps for Government

Languages included:
All languages supported by Google Docs

How to access what's new:
- While in the document list, right-click on the file you want to convert and select ‘Make a Google Docs copy’. This doesn’t modify your original file and adds a new Google Docs copy to your docs list.

For more information:
http://googledocs.blogspot.com/2010/08/convert-files-in-documents-list-to.html

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New curve tool in Google Drawings

A new curves tool has been released in Drawings. The new curves can be left open or closed, and can be filled or unfilled. You can also adjust points on the curve after drawing it.

Editions included:
Standard, Premier, Education, Team, Partner Edition and Google Apps for Government

Languages included:
All languages supported by Google Docs

How to access what's new:
- When editing a drawing, click the new curves tool icon in the toolbar to draw a new curve. The new tool is to the right of the ‘Arrow’ tool.

For more information:
http://googledocs.blogspot.com/2010/08/new-curve-tool-for-drawings.html
http://docs.google.com/support/bin/topic.py?hl=en&topic=28131

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App Tuesday: 9 new apps available for your users in the Apps Marketplace

Today we launched 9 new apps from 3rd party developers, available in the Google Apps Marketplace. Many of these apps are free or have free trials and include project management, data backup, resource management, and communication tools. You can add these integrated applications to your Google Apps subscription with just a few clicks.

Editions included:
Standard, Premier, Government and Education Editions

Languages included:
US English

How to access what's new:
- Go to http://www.google.com/appsmarketplace
- Choose an app from the productivity, accounting and finance, document management or project management categories, among others.
- Click the blue ‘Add it now’ button to add the app for your users.

For more information:
http://googleenterprise.blogspot.com/2010/08/app-tuesday-nine-new-apps-announced-for.html

If you’ve #gonegoogle, and tried the #appsmarketplace, let others know what you recommend - via Twitter, Google Buzz or submit your suggestions for additional apps to us.

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Drag and drop attachments received in Gmail from Google Chrome to your desktop

If you use Google Chrome, now you can drag and drop attachments from Gmail messages to your desktop.

Editions included:
Standard, Premier, Education, Partner Edition and Google Apps for Government

Languages included:
All languages supported by Gmail

How to access what's new:
In Chrome, drag the icon for a Gmail attachment to your desktop.

For more information:
http://gmailblog.blogspot.com/2010/08/drag-and-drop-attachments-to-save-them.html

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Table resizing in documents and more Google Docs features

Several new features have been added to Google Docs:
- Tables in documents can now be resized
- Custom entries can now be added to the spell check dictionary for documents
- The document ruler can now be set to 'on' or 'off' across sessions
- Entire drawings can be copied to the web clipboard

Editions included:
Standard, Premier, Education, Team, Partner Edition and Google Apps for Government

Languages included:
All languages supported by Google Docs

How to access what's new:
To resize tables in documents, click and drag the row or column dividing lines.

To add a custom entry to the spell check dictionary, right-click your new word and select 'Add to dictionary'.

To turn the document ruler 'on' or 'off' across sessions, click 'View' and change your 'Show ruler' preference.

To copy an entire drawing to the web clipboard, click the web clipboard icon and select 'Copy entire drawing to web clipboard'.

For more information:
http://googledocs.blogspot.com/2010/08/table-resizing-and-other-niceties-in.html

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