Discussions in Google Sites

Comments in Sites are now powered by Discussions. This brings powerful features like +mentioning, responding to comments via email, etc. to Google Sites.

Release track:
Rapid release

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

For more information:
http://support.google.com/sites/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=98225


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Scheduled Release track features update 9/25/12

No features have launched this week.

The following features are intended for release to these domains on October 1st:
Docs: The built-in exporting feature from Google Docs to Microsoft Office will now allow users to download Google documents as modern Office formats (.docx, .xlsx, .pptx), as opposed to the older formats (.doc, .xls, .ppt) that were standard in Office 97-2003. For users who still use Office 97-2003, we recommend installing the free compatibility plugin from Microsoft, which will allow them to open modern Office file types.

Note: 
The ability to import Office files of any format to Google Docs is still supported and will remain unchanged.

Release track:
Scheduled

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

For more information:
http://support.google.com/docs/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=49115

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Scheduled Release track features update 9/18/12

Spreadsheets: Users now have the ability to collaborate more efficiently with discussions in Google Spreadsheets. This updates brings features like the ability to +mention users to add them to the discussion.

The following features are intended for release to these domains on September 25th:
No new features.

Release track:
Scheduled

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

For more information:
http://googledocs.blogspot.com/2012/09/google-spreadsheets-now-with-discussions.html

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Supporting modern browsers: Internet Explorer 8 support discontinued

As we announced last year, we support the latest version of Google Chrome (which automatically updates whenever it detects that a new version of the browser is available) as well as the current and prior major release of Firefox, Internet Explorer and Safari on a rolling basis. Each time a new version of one of these browsers is released, we begin supporting the update and stop supporting the third-oldest version.

Internet Explorer 10 launches on 10/26/2012, and as a result, we will discontinue support for Internet Explorer 8 shortly afterwards, on 11/15/2012. After this date users accessing Google Apps services using Internet Explorer 8 will see a message recommending that they upgrade their browser.

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

For more information:
http://gmailblog.blogspot.com/2011/06/our-plans-to-support-modern-browsers.html
http://support.google.com/a/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=33864

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Nicknames for Google Groups

Google Apps administrators now have the ability to create nicknames for Google Groups. If your Google Apps account includes more than one domain, you can add a nickname that has a different domain from the original group. Note that this can only be done in the administrator control panel.

Languages supported:
All languages

Editions included:
Google Apps for Business, Government and Education

For more information:
http://support.google.com/a/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=2727156

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Scheduled Release track features update 9/11/12

Calendar: Users with an active Google+ profile can add a Google+ Hangout to calendar events. Invited guests can join the hangout by clicking on “Join hangout” on the event details page. These hangouts will respect any restrictions in the administrator control panel.

The following features are intended for release to these domains on September 18th:
Spreadsheets: Users now have the ability to collaborate more efficiently with discussions in Google Spreadsheets. This updates brings features like the ability to +mention users to add them to the discussion.

Release track:
Scheduled

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

For more information:
http://googleenterprise.blogspot.com/2012/08/bringing-google-to-work.html
http://support.google.com/calendar/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=2690797
http://googledocs.blogspot.com/2012/09/google-spreadsheets-now-with-discussions.html

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Discussions in Google Spreadsheets

Google Spreadsheets users now have the ability to collaborate more efficiently with discussions in Google Spreadsheets. This updates brings features like the ability to +mention users to add them to the discussion.

Release track:
Rapid release

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

For more information:
http://googledocs.blogspot.com/2012/09/google-spreadsheets-now-with-discussions.html

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Update: Export Google Docs files in OXML formats

Users can now export Google Docs files in OXML formats (.docx, .xlsx, .pptx). This will show up as an option in the “Download as” menu.

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

Note:
Rapid release domains no longer have the option to export files as .doc, .xls or .ppt.

For more information:
http://support.google.com/docs/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=49115

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Scheduled Release track features update 9/4/12

No new features

The following features are intended for release to these domains on September 11th:
Calendar: Users with an active Google+ profile can add a Google+ Hangout to calendar events. Invited guests can join the hangout by clicking on “Join hangout” on the event details page. These hangouts will respect any restrictions in the administrator control panel.

Release track:
Scheduled

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

For more information:
http://googleenterprise.blogspot.com/2012/08/bringing-google-to-work.html
http://support.google.com/calendar/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=2690797

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