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Beginning Monday, April 30th, a new Control Panel Dashboard user interface will start to roll out over the next 2-3 weeks.

The new design simplifies the Dashboard layout and brings commonly used actions and setup tasks to the main page.

Google Apps for Education and Government customers will receive this update around late-May to early-June 2012.

Release track:
Rapid & Scheduled

Editions included:
Google Apps and Google Apps for Business

Languages included:
US English only (Next Generation release only)

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Contacts delegation allows users to delegate full access to the contacts in their “My Contacts” group without granting access to their mail or anything else in their accounts.

You may delegate your contacts only to other users within your domain. Like mail delegation, you may delegate your contacts to no more than 25 other users at the same time. Delegation allows the sharing of the entire “My Contacts” list only. You cannot delegate a subset of your “My Contacts” or delegate contacts not in your “My Contacts.”

Release track:
Rapid

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

Languages included:
All languages supported

How to access what's new:
- Navigate to www.google.com/contacts
- The "More" menu now has a "Manage delegation settings" option

For more information:
http://support.google.com/a/bin/answer.py?hl=en&topic=20016&answer=2590392

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Version 4.5 of Google Apps Connector for BlackBerry® Enterprise Server is now available with the following improvements:

  • Support for automatic user password generation in BlackBerry Administration Service (BAS)
  • New Configuration Settings page for easier enablement of common optional features, such as send-as and read-receipt support
  • Performance, reliability, and stability improvements Resolved issues that caused PST file corruption
  • Google Apps Connector attempts to repair any remaining corruptions automatically. Miscellaneous bug fixes

Editions included:
Google Apps for Business, Government and Education

Languages included:
US English

How to access what's new:
Download page

For more information:
Release notes
Admin guide

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The following features are now available to domains following the Scheduled Release track:
- No new features to announce

The following features are intended for release to these domains on May 1st:
- Gmail: Compact conversation view becomes more compact
- Gmail: New Google Plus people widget

Release track:
Scheduled*

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

*Scheduled Release track: Domains with ‘Scheduled Release’ option enabled in the administrator control panel. Learn more.

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Administrators can now purchase additional Google Drive storage space which can be managed and distributed through the Google Apps control panel. Storage can be used with Google Drive only (not Gmail, Picasa Web Albums, Blogger, etc).

This new administrator feature is covered by our 99.9% SLA uptime guarantee and 24/7 support.

Release track:
Rapid & Scheduled

Editions included:
Google Apps for Business

Languages included:
All languages supported

For more information:
http://support.google.com/a/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=1727173&topic=1727149
http://support.google.com/a/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=177064

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Google Drive is a brand new file synchronization product that allows users to centrally store all of their files in Google Docs. Files can be accessed via a web browser, the Google Drive client, and the Google Drive mobile app. 

Google Drive access will be rolling out to all domains over the next 4-8 weeks.

There are numerous changes in Google Docs, some of which are noted below. Please see the "For more information" section at the end which contains additional details.

What’s completely new 
- Sync files between all of your devices with Google Drive for your Mac/PC
- Download the Drive mobile app for your iPhone or iPad
- View and search Google Drive on the web in a visual way with grid view
- Add a file to a folder by clicking the folder icon within a file or Google document, spreadsheet, or presentation
- Work with more file types by installing Google Drive apps from the Chrome Web Store

What's changed 
- Collections are now called folders
- More things have been added to the Settings menu, including upload settings
- The left navigation has new views: "My Drive", "Shared with me", and "Activity"
- The Home view is gone. Instead, use My Drive to organize all of your files, folders and Google Docs.

Release track:

- Rapid domains

Google Drive will become available to your users on an opt-in basis via invite at drive.google.com/start. Because we’re releasing Google Drive gradually, some users may not be able to get started immediately, but they can request to be notified when Google Drive is ready for them to opt in.

In the coming months, Google Drive will become the default and will replace the documents list as the way for users to access their files and documents. At this time, all users will have access to the desktop sync clients and mobile applications.

- Scheduled domains

Google Drive will become available to your users on an opt-in basis shortly. We’ll announce when this is available on whatsnew.googleapps.com. Following the opt-in period, Google Drive will become the default and will replace the documents list as the way for users to access their files and documents. At this time, all users will have access to the desktop sync clients and mobile applications.


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

Languages included:
All supported languages

How to access what's new:
- Google Docs has been renamed to "Drive and Docs" in the Google Apps control panel. There are new settings in this service.

For more information:
http://googleenterprise.blogspot.com/2012/04/introducing-google-drive-newest-member.html
http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2012/04/introducing-google-drive-yes-really.html

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Users on Google Plus will now see the following new features:
- Share YouTube videos and inline images in Gmail messages with one-click
- Add Google Plus users to circles directly from Gmail messages

Additionally, there is a new People Widget in the upper-right hand corner which will show the last three images a contact has sent. Clicking on the image will take you to that particular Gmail message.

Release track:
Rapid

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

Languages included:
All languages supported

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By default, Gmail lets users automatically forward incoming mail to another address. As an administrator, you can disable this option to prevent users from setting up automatic forwarding.

When you disable the option in the Control Panel, users won't see the forwarding option in their Gmail settings.

Release track:
Rapid & Scheduled

Editions included:
Google Apps for Business and Education

Languages included:
All languages supported

For more information:
https://support.google.com/a/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=2491924

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Gmail's "Compact" conversation view is now more dense, allowing more messages to be viewed in a web browser window.

Release track:
Rapid

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

Languages included:
All languages supported

For more information:
https://plus.google.com/103345707817934461425/posts/FwkdxisTx5e

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The following features are now available to domains following the Scheduled Release track:
- Gmail: New look released to all users. Opt-out link will be removed starting April 18th and continue throughout the week

The following features are intended for release to these domains on April 24th:
- No new features

Release track:
Scheduled

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

*Scheduled Release track: Domains with ‘Scheduled Release’ option enabled in the administrator control panel. Learn more.

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Designed for organizations in which some users use Google Calendar and other users manage their calendars in Microsoft® Exchange, Calendar Interop enables you to sync the free/busy status of users in both calendar systems.

This enables users in one calendar system to view the availability of users in the other system before scheduling a meeting.

Editions included:
Google Apps for Business and Education

Languages included:
All supported languages

For more information:
http://support.google.com/a/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=1330365

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The following features are now available to domains following the Scheduled Release track:
- Google Spreadsheets- Left-to-right support for the menu and formula bar

The following features are intended for release to these domains on Apr 17:
- Gmail: New look released to all users. Opt-out link will be removed starting April 17th and continue throughout the week

Release track:
Scheduled*

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

*Scheduled Release track: Domains with ‘Scheduled Release’ option enabled in the administrator control panel. Learn more.

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In February, Google released an update to the new Google bar to consumer users. Beginning on Monday April 9, 2012, the new Google bar will begin to roll out to all Google Apps users in two phases:

Phase 1 (Rollout begins April 9) - If you've enabled the Google+ service for your organization's Google Apps account, users will see the new Google bar only when they visit Google+ pages, such as their Google+ stream.

Phase 2 (Rollout begins April 16) - All users will see the new Google bar at the top of all of their Google services, such as Gmail and Google Calendar.

Please see the links below for more information.

Release track:
Rapid & Scheduled

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

Languages included:
All languages supported

For more information:
http://support.google.com/a/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=2561767
http://googleappsupdates.blogspot.com/2012/04/google-bar-update-rolling-out-monday.html

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Starting Monday, April 9th, the new Google bar look will be rolling out to all Google Apps users. The new Google bar has links to services at the top level and a More drop-down list with links to additional services.

- As before, the Google bar won’t show services that the administrator turns off in the Google Apps control panel.
- Google Search and Images always appear in the Google bar.
- A few services, such as Google Translate, do not have a services on/off setting in the control panel, so they always appear in the Google bar for all users.
- Google Play includes Android Market/Books/Music/Movies. You can disable Google Play in the control panel, but currently this doesn’t remove the service from the Google bar. This is a known issue which will be addressed.
- When you turn off a service, other services move to the top level of the Google bar or to a higher position in the list of services under More. For example, if you turn off YouTube, which appears by default in the top level of the Google bar, Sites moves from the More list to the top level.

Please see the links below for more information.

Release track:
Rapid & Scheduled

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

Languages included:
All languages supported

For more information:
http://support.google.com/a/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=2561767
http://support.google.com/accounts/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=1714464

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The following features are now available to domains following the Scheduled Release track:
- Gmail: New look released to all users. Opt-out link will be removed starting April 3rd and continue throughout the week
- Gmail: Learn why a message was flagged as spam
- Gmail: Google+ email notifications become interactive- add users to circles directly in Gmail messages

The following features are intended for release to these domains on Apr 10:
- Google Spreadsheets- Left-to-right support for the menu and formula bar

Release track:
Scheduled*

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

*Scheduled Release track: Domains with ‘Scheduled Release’ option enabled in the administrator control panel. Learn more.

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Previously, administrator privileges were assigned on a per-user basis. As a replacement, you can now create "roles" such as Help Desk, Services, and Groups, or create your own custom role.

If you assigned delegated administrator privileges to users before administrator roles were available, Google Apps created roles for those settings. These custom roles have the name role_useremail, where useremail is the email address of the user to whom the privileges were assigned.

Release track:
Rapid or Scheduled

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

Languages included:
All languages supported

How to access what’s new:
This is an opt-in feature. To view, select the "Show Apps Marketplace Login Activity" checkbox in the Audit and Reporting section within the Domain Settings control panel tab.

For more information:
https://plus.google.com/117578386194324385666/posts/4hY2sPHti4R

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Users on Google+ can now manage their contacts more efficiently in Gmail.

- See user details in a new right-hand side box
- Sort Gmail messages and Contacts by Circle
- Google+ contact information is automatically updated to users in shared circles
- Users can easily share images in Gmail messages to Google+
- See details from your Google Contacts when you view someone's Google+ profile

Release track:
Rapid or Scheduled

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

Languages included:
All languages supported

For more information:
http://gmailblog.blogspot.com/2011/12/gmail-and-contacts-get-better-with.html
https://plus.google.com/101994211282765276238/posts/aafrYUxx1Ee

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