38 more languages and minimize toolbar added to Google Cloud Connect for Microsoft Office


Google Cloud Connect for Microsoft Office is now available with the following new features:

- Interface is now available in 38 languages.
- Ability to minimize the plugin’s toolbar.

Editions included:
Google Apps, Google Apps for Business, Government and Education

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

How to access what's new:
Download page

For more information:
http://googledocs.blogspot.com/2011/03/38-more-languages-and-minimize-toolbar.html

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Scheduled Release track features update 3/30/11


The following features are now available to these domains:
Google Sites:
- More integration between Google Sites and Google Apps Scripts is now available with a new Apps Scripts gadget. This allows more complex workflows and custom applications to be built into your Google Site.

The following features are now intended for release to these domains on April 5:
Google Docs:
- Updated comments: Comments have been updated to facilitate better discussions and seamless integration into email.

Google Spreadsheets:
- Multiple range charts.
- Ability to hide individual sheets in your spreadsheet.

Google Spreadsheets:
- Filtering is now available in Google Spreadsheets. Adding a filter onto a set of data can help you quickly narrow down the data set to find the data you need. By selecting a data set, you can filter and sort amongst many rows at once.

Release track:
Scheduled*

Editions included:
Google Apps, Google Apps for Business, Government and Education

For more information:
http://googledocs.blogspot.com/2011/03/filter-your-data-in-spreadsheets.html

*Scheduled Release track: Domains with ‘Enable scheduled releases’ checkbox enabled in the administrator control panel. Learn more

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Connection bar in Gmail for iPhone


You can now easily verify your connectivity when using Gmail for iPhone. The connection bar tells you when you’re offline or checking for mail and when messages have been sent. It remains hidden the rest of the time.

Editions included:
Google Apps, Google Apps for Business, Government and Education

Languages included:
All languages supported by Gmail for iPhone

How to access what's new:
- Visit your Google Apps mail account from your iOS4 enabled iPhone or iPod Touch’s browser
- Try clearing your cache and refreshing if it isn’t immediately visible

For more information:
http://gmailblog.blogspot.com/2011/03/new-connection-bar-in-gmail-for-iphone.html

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Email Settings API now includes email delegation


The Email Settings API now includes the following functionality for admins:
- Adding a Gmail delegate
- Retrieving all Gmail delegates
- Deleting a Gmail delegate

Editions included:
Google Apps for Business, Government and Education

Languages included:
US English Only

For more information:
http://code.google.com/googleapps/domain/email_settings/developers_guide_protocol.html


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Edit event titles more easily in Google Calendar


You can now edit event titles directly from the event bubble (without having to click ‘More details’).

Release track:
Rapid & Scheduled

Editions included:
Google Apps, Google Apps for Business, Government and Education

Languages included:
All languages supported by Google Calendar

How to access what's new:
- In Google Calendar, click on an existing event to bring up the bubble.
- Click on the event title and edit directly.

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Google Drawings: Revisions, presence and more now available


The following new features are now available in Google Drawings:

Revisions: The new revisions interface from documents and spreadsheets is now in the drawings editor.

Presence: The color that you see beside a person’s name in the sidebar is now used to highlight the shapes which that person has selected.

Format painter & recent colors: Easier to apply the same formatting and colors across your shapes.

Sub-group selection: If you need to modify just one item within a group, you can do this by selecting a shape within a group.

Release track:
Rapid & Scheduled*

Editions included:
Google Apps, Google Apps for Business, Government and Education

Languages included:
All languages supported by Google Drawings

For more information:
http://googledocs.blogspot.com/2011/03/revisions-and-presence-and-painters-oh.html

*Please note the list of products currently included on the Rapid and Scheduled Release tracks here.

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Now easier to analyze your data with filtering in Google Spreadsheets


Filtering is now available in Google Spreadsheets. Adding a filter onto a set of data can help you quickly narrow down the data set to find the data you need. By selecting a data set, you can filter and sort amongst many rows at once.

Release track:
Rapid*

Editions included:
Google Apps, Google Apps for Business, Government and Education

Languages included:
All languages supported by Google Spreadsheets

How to access what's new:
- Select the information that you want to filter.
- Select the ‘filter’ icon in the toolbar, just to the right of ‘insert chart’ or alternatively in ‘Tools’ -> ‘Filter’.
- Once you’ve selected your data set, clicking on the drop down icon in the header rows will give a set of filter options. Here, you can change sorting, select specific filters, search and perform bulk actions.

For more information:
http://googledocs.blogspot.com/2011/03/filter-your-data-in-spreadsheets.html

*Rapid Release track: Domains with ‘Enable scheduled releases’ checkbox disabled in the administrator control panel. Learn more

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Scheduled Release track features update 3/22/11


The following features are now available to these domains:

- A refreshed documents list interface making it more useful to find, explore and share items.

The following features are now intended for release to these domains on March 29:

Google Docs:
- Updated comments: Comments have been updated to facilitate better discussions and seamless integration into email.

Google Spreadsheets:
- Multiple range charts.
- Ability to hide individual sheets in your spreadsheet.

Google Sites:
- More integration between Google Sites and Google Apps Scripts with a new Apps Scripts gadget.

Release track:
Scheduled*

Editions included:
Google Apps, Google Apps for Business, Government and Education

For more information:
Documents list refresh: http://googleappsupdates.blogspot.com/2011/01/google-docs-refreshed-documents-list.html
Comments: http://googledocs.blogspot.com/2011/03/introducing-discussions-in-google-docs.html
Spreadsheets: http://googledocs.blogspot.com/2011/03/multiple-chart-ranges-and-hidden-sheets.html
Apps Script: http://googleenterprise.blogspot.com/2011/03/build-applications-in-sites-using-apps.html

*Scheduled Release track: Domains with ‘Enable scheduled releases’ checkbox enabled in the administrator control panel. Learn more

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Want to collaborate even more? Discussions now available in Google Docs


Comments have been updated to facilitate better discussions and seamless integration into email. Some of the features include:

- Improvements to the discussion flow by adding ownership and edit rights to individual comments. Each comment now has a timestamp and profile picture.
- No need to delete comments. You can resolve comments to remove them from the visible document and view them later by clicking the discussions button at the top of any document.
- Integration of comments with your inbox to facilitate more rapid and responsive communication. You can now add someone to a discussion with an @mention. For example, typing ‘@eddy@altostrat.com’ in a discussion will send a notification email to Eddy with the text of your comment.
- Eddy can open the document from the email, or reply via email and the reply will show up in the comment as soon as the email is sent.

Release track:
Rapid*

Editions included:
Google Apps, Google Apps for Business, Government and Education

Languages included:
All languages supported by Google Docs

How to access what's new:
Create a new document, position the cursor or highlight some text and select ‘Insert’ then ‘Comment.’ You also have various options to configure how email from comments is received.

Please note that improved comments are only available in new documents at this time so if you want to try it out make sure to create a new document. The comments you’ve created in an existing document won’t be changed.

For more information:
http://googledocs.blogspot.com/2011/03/introducing-discussions-in-google-docs.html
Comments in documents: http://docs.google.com/support/bin/static.py?page=guide.cs&guide=1208624

*Rapid Release track: Domains with ‘Enable scheduled releases’ checkbox disabled in the administrator control panel. Learn more

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More integration between Google Sites and Google Apps Scripts


More integration between Google Sites and Google Apps Scripts is now available with a new Apps Scripts gadget. This allows more complex workflows and custom applications to be built into your Google Site.

Release track:
Rapid*

Editions included:
Google Apps, Google Apps for Business, Government and Education

Languages included:
All languages supported by Google Sites

How to access what's new:
- When editing a site, select ‘Insert’ then ‘Apps Script gadget’ to add an existing script to the page.

For more information:
http://googleenterprise.blogspot.com/2011/03/build-applications-in-sites-using-apps.html

*Rapid Release track: Domains with ‘Enable scheduled releases’ checkbox disabled in the administrator control panel. Learn more

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Multiple Chart ranges and Hidden Sheets in Google Spreadsheets


You can now create multiple range charts and hide individual sheets in your spreadsheet.

Release track:
Rapid*

Editions included:
Google Apps, Google Apps for Business, Government and Education

Languages included:
All languages supported by Google Spreadsheets

How to access what's new:
- Add extra ranges by selecting “Select ranges...” and “add another range.” You can also manually add new ranges separated by commas.
- Select a sheet tab and select “hide sheet” to remove a sheet from view.

For more information:
http://googledocs.blogspot.com/2011/03/multiple-chart-ranges-and-hidden-sheets.html

*Rapid Release track: Domains with ‘Enable scheduled releases’ checkbox disabled in the administrator control panel. Learn more

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Scheduled Release track features update 3/15/11


The following features are now available to domains on the Scheduled Release track:

Gmail:
- Improved label visibility controls: The “Hide read labels” and “Hide Labels from Subjects” labs to help people manage their ever-growing lists of labels have graduated from Gmail Labs. Some improvements to how they work have also been made. Instead of simply hiding all labels from subject lines, you can now choose which labels to show or hide. We also revamped the Labels tab in Settings as well as the dropdown menus for each label in the label list.
- Priority inbox cleanup: If users have enabled Priority Inbox but have not used it in a while, they will see a "clean up" button which will mark all old important messages as read.

The following features are now intended for release to these domains on March 22:

Google Docs:
- A refreshed documents list interface making it more useful to find, explore and share items.

Release Track:
Scheduled*

Editions included:
Google Apps, Google Apps for Business, Government and Education

Languages included:
All languages supported by Gmail and Google Docs

For more information:
Label Visibility: http://gmailblog.blogspot.com/2011/02/dealing-with-label-overload.html
Documents list Refresh: http://docs.google.com/support/bin/answer.py?answer=1107581

*Scheduled Release track: Domains with ‘Enable scheduled releases’ checkbox enabled in the administrator control panel. Learn more

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More choice for Administrators: New Google Apps feature release process


A new two-track release process has now rolled out to all Google Apps domains. This new process is aimed at helping administrators balance the benefits of accessing improvements as soon as they're ready with the task of integrating the changes into their organization.

Our new process has two release tracks that Google Apps administrators can choose from:

Rapid Release: Customers on the Rapid Release track have access to new features as soon as the features have completed testing and quality assurance, and are ready to roll out.

Scheduled Release: Customers on the Scheduled Release track gain access to new features on a regular, weekly release schedule following the initial release of those features. This delay allows time for administrators to familiarize themselves with new features using a test domain, educate support staff, and communicate any changes to their users. New features will be released on the Scheduled Release track each Tuesday, with at least a one-week notice following the initial feature launch.

Editions included:
Google Apps, Google Apps for Business, Government and Education

Languages included:
Control Panel: US English Only (Next Generation Control Panel)

How to access what's new:
- The “Pre-release features” checkbox has now been replaced with “Enable scheduled releases”. This causes no change in behaviour for existing domains.
- If your organization previously had “Pre-release features” enabled in the Google Apps control panel, then you will be placed on the Rapid Release track and continue to gain access to new features as soon as they’re ready. Otherwise, your organization will be placed on the Scheduled Release track.
- You can change your selection by choosing how you would like to receive new features in the Google Apps control panel.
- If you're considering a switch to Scheduled Release, note that you may currently be using some features that are only available in Rapid Release.
- New features for Gmail, Contacts, Google Calendar, Google Docs and Google Sites will be following this new release process going forward.

For more information:
http://googleenterprise.blogspot.com/2011/03/new-google-apps-feature-release-process.html
New launch resource site: whatsnew.googleapps.com
List of features currently available to Rapid Release only: http://www.google.com/support/a/bin/answer.py?answer=172172

Q1 2011 Apps Innovation in Review recorded webinar: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=daraZ87FyIQ

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New minimum password length requirement for Google Apps


A new minimum password length has now been introduced to Google Apps domains. If administrators manage user passwords using the Control Panel, the new minimum is 8 characters instead of 6.

If domains are using a Single Sign-On system, then the administrator is responsible for this authentication system so are not affected.

If admins are using a password-sync solution, then please ensure that the system is sending hashed passwords to Google. If it's sending hashed passwords then users are not affected by this new requirement.

If the password-sync solution is sending plain-text passwords, then this is not recommend and the domain will be affected by this change.

Please note that this change only affects new passwords and password resets, not any existing passwords.

Editions included:
Google Apps, Google Apps for Business, Government and Education

Languages included:
All languages supported by Google Apps

For more information:
http://www.google.com/support/a/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=139399

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Deprecating support for Blackberry Enterprise Server 4.1.7

Starting July 2, 2011, RIM will be deprecating support for BES 4.1.6 and 4.1.7. As a result, Google Apps will stop supporting these BES versions starting July 2, 2011. Google Apps Connector for BES 3.x will still be supported for BES 5.x. We strongly urge customers to upgrade to BES version 5.x and version 3.x of the Connector. You can download latest version of the Google Apps Connector from https://tools.google.com/dlpage/appsconnector

Editions included:
Google Apps for Business, Government and Education

How to access what's new:
https://tools.google.com/dlpage/appsconnector

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Collaboration Dashboard and improved reporting now available in the Google Apps administrator control panel


We recently introduced the Google Apps Collaboration Dashboard which shows how content is being used in your domain. Collectively, these reports give you detailed views into the creation, manipulation, and sharing of this content. The dashboard shows the size and volume of your account's collaborative network across all of your users. Understanding these collaborative network trends is critical when managing and improving how information is effectively shared across your account.

Editions included:
Google Apps for Business, Government and Education

Languages included:
US English Only (Next generation control panel)

How to access what's new:
Administrators can log into the administrator control panel and access the new dashboard in ‘Advanced tools’, then ‘View Usage & Reports’.

For more information:
http://www.google.com/support/a/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=142566

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Visible Bcc and PDF viewer in Chrome browser now available to all Google Apps domains


For Domains with ‘enable pre-release features’ checkbox disabled in the Administrator Control Panel:

The following features are now available to these domains:

- Visible Bcc: Gmail will now provide email recipients an indicator when they are added via Bcc on an email. We will add a visible Bcc header only to messages sent from another Gmail user, not from external sources. Each Bcc recipient will only see themselves on the Bcc list.

- PDF attachments showing the ‘View’ link open with Chrome’s native PDF viewer if available.

The following features are now intended for release to these domains on March 15:

- Improved label visibility controls: The “Hide read labels” and “Hide Labels from Subjects” labs to help people manage their ever-growing lists of labels have graduated from Gmail Labs. Some improvements to how they work have also been made. Instead of simply hiding all labels from subject lines, you can now choose which labels to show or hide. We also revamped the Labels tab in Settings as well as the dropdown menus for each label in the label list.
- Priority Inbox cleanup: If users have enabled Priority Inbox but have not used it in a while, they will see a "clean up" button which will mark all old important messages as read.

These features are already available to domains with the ‘enable pre-release features’ checkbox enabled.

Editions included:
Google Apps, Google Apps for Business, Government and Education

Languages included:
All languages supported by Gmail

Please register for our webinar: 'What's New in Google Apps - March 2011'
Register: Wednesday, March 9, 2011 at 4pm PT, Thursday, March 10 8am SGT, 9am JT
Register (Repeat): Thursday, March 10, 2011 at 7:00 a.m. PT, 10:00 a.m. ET, 15:00 BST, 16:00 CEDT

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Not near your computer? Mobile editing in Google Docs now in 45 languages


You can now edit your documents on the go in 45 languages on Android with Froyo (version 2.2) and on iOS devices (version 3.0+) including the iPad.

Editions included:
Google Apps, Google Apps for Business, Government and Education

Languages included:
Bulgarian, Catalan, Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), Croatian, Czech, Dutch, English, English (UK), Filipino, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Gujarati, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Kannada, Korean, Latvian, Lithuanian, Malayalam, Marathi, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese (Portugal), Portuguese (Brazil), Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Slovak, Slovenian, Spanish, Swedish, Tamil, Telugu, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian, Vietnamese.

How to access what's new:
- Access your Google Docs from a supported mobile device to edit on the go.

For more information:
http://www.google.com/mobile/docs/
http://www.google.com/support/mobile/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=77421

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Updated: Gmail - Visible Bcc and PDF viewer due out to all Google Apps domains next week


For Domains with ‘enable pre-release features’ checkbox disabled in the Administrator Control Panel:

The following features are now intended for release to these domains on March 8:

- Visible Bcc: Gmail will now provide email recipients an indicator when they are added via Bcc on an email. We will add a visible Bcc header only to messages sent from another Gmail user, not from external sources. Each Bcc recipient will only see themselves on the Bcc list.

- PDF attachments showing the ‘View’ link open with Chrome’s native PDF viewer if available.

These features are already available to domains with the ‘enable pre-release features’ checkbox enabled.

Editions included:
Google Apps, Google Apps for Business, Government and Education

Languages included:
All languages supported by Gmail

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Optical Character Recognition (OCR) in 34 languages


Previously available in a number of languages, the ability to upload documents into Google Docs using Optical Character Recognition (OCR) has now been expanded to a total of 34 languages. OCR analyzes images and PDF files, typically from a scanner, extracts text and some formatting and allows you to then edit the document in Google Docs.

Editions included:
Google Apps, Google Apps for Business, Government and Education

Languages included:
Full list of supported languages available on the ‘Upload Files’ page.

How to access what's new:
- In Google Docs, select to upload a new file that you want to be converted from an image/PDF to Google Docs.
- Check the box for ‘Convert text from PDF or image files to Google Docs documents’ and select the original source language from the dropdown list.
- Select ‘Start upload’ to convert the document into Google Docs.

For more information:
http://googledocs.blogspot.com/2011/02/optical-character-recognition-ocr-in-34.html
http://docs.google.com/support/bin/answer.py?answer=176692&hl=en

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User Managed Storage now available for Google Apps domains on the new account infrastructure

User Managed Storage is a service that has allowed users to purchase more storage space when they fill the allotted quota on their personal Google Accounts. Over the next couple of days, we will be rolling this service out for Google Apps users as well, allowing the purchase of extra storage for Google Docs, Picasa Web Albums, and photos from Blogger. Any of these products that is over its storage quota can use the extra storage on a first-come, first-served basis. Users that upload lots of files to Google Docs, sync their Office documents to the cloud using Google Cloud Connect for Microsoft Office, or store and share pictures using Picasa or Blogger can now expand the storage space available for these files.

Additional User Managed Storage cannot be pooled or transferred to another Google Apps account and cannot be used for Gmail.

User Managed Storage is enabled or disabled by the domain administrator, and the end user purchases additional storage using his or her Google Checkout account at the domain. Data stored within User Managed Storage is subject to the same ownership policy as other data in the Google Apps account.

Please note that this functionality is only for Google Apps domains that have already transitioned to the new account infrastructure for Google Apps accounts. This change does not affect any domains that have not yet transitioned to that infrastructure.

Editions included:
Google Apps, Google Apps for Business and Education

How to access what's new:
- In order to allow end users to purchases individual storage, administrators must first enable the service ‘User Managed Storage’ in the ‘Organisation & Users’ -> ‘Services’ section for their administrative control panel. Google Checkout must also be enabled for the domain so that end users can purchase the storage.
-If the ‘User Managed Storage’ service is allowed, end users can purchase additional storage at https://www.google.com/accounts/b/0/PurchaseStorage.
- Google storage purchases are non-refundable. You can upgrade storage plans for the pro-rated difference at any time but paid storage for one Google Account cannot be transferred to a different account.

For more information:
http://googleenterprise.blogspot.com/2011/03/now-available-with-google-apps-user.html
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