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  What's New in Google Apps at Binghamton University

As Google rolls out new features for the Google Apps domain at Binghamton, we will document the enhancements here.  Unfortunately, we do not receive advanced warning from Google when new features are released to the environment. 

 New look and feel for Google Apps Products posted July 1, 2011   

Google is rolling out a new look and feel across Google’s products, and these interface changes will also be released to Google Apps services, such as Gmail, Calendar, and Docs, over the next months. Following is information about the new rollout and steps to take for your account.

How will this affect my Google Apps users?

We’ll release interface update an ongoing basis initially to consumers, with some services offering an opt-in/opt-out option for Google Apps users, before the changes become permanent for all users. For example, you can start to preview the new Gmail look this week.

The rollout will follow the Google Apps Release Track process. Administrators can choose the Rapid Release track to move to the new look at the roughly same time as consumers. Or they can choose the Scheduled Release track to receive changes later and take more time to prepare for the transition.

What do I need to do now?
  • See what’s new: The first updates to Gmail and Calendar were released this week. We encourage you preview the new look over the next few weeks to gain familiarity with upcoming changes. See the What’s New site for instructions.
  • Review your current release track settings. Administrators who choose the Scheduled Release track will have more time after the Rapid Release date before changes become available to their users. Depending on your needs you may want to update the release track setting your Google Apps Control panel.
How can I keep up to date?

On the Google Apps What’s New site, you’ll find information about the release process, and instructions on how to try the new designs for Gmail and Calendar. We’ll keep this site up to date with information on the new look, how to give feedback, and resources for you and your users.

Google has rolled out some changes.  For an overview of what's new, click here.

 What's new in BMail? posted April 8, 2011

You may have noticed some changes to your BMail web interface.  Google has rolled out some changes.  For an overview of what's new, click here.

 Unthreaded Conversation View now available to BMail users posted September 30, 2010
BMail now offers users the ability to switch between conversation view and the traditional message-based unthreaded view.  When a user switches to the unthreaded view, messages are no longer grouped together into a conversation, and each message is shown as a separate entry in the inbox.

In BMail "Settings", go to the new "Conversation View" section and select the view you would like and click "Save Changes".  You can turn this on and off as you see fit.

For more information go to http://googleenterprise.blogspot.com/2010/09/threaded-email-or-not-now-its-your.html 

Priority Inbox posted September 3, 2010

Priority Inbox (beta version) is now available in BMail for you to try. 
Priority Inbox automatically identifies important e-mails and separate them from other e-mails.  Priority Inbox finds the important e-mails and sorts  them for you.  Incoming mail is separted into sections: important and unread, starred, and everything else.  The sections are customizable.
Priority Inbox gets better at predicting what's important to you overtime.
For an overview of Priority Inbox, go to the Gmail Blog site for more information. For more details on how Priority Inbox functions, click here.

Google Groups posted August 13, 2010

Google Groups has been activated in the Binghamton University Google Apps domain and is now a component of the Google Apps Education Edition.

Google Groups is an application which enables groups of people with common interests to easily share information and communicate with each other.  Groups are easy to create and easy to join.   Groups can be used to post information to the members, host online discussions, share documents, and create mailing lists.  And they can be public or private.

Groups are available to everyone from their BMail account.  Just log into your BMail account and click on the “Groups” link in the upper left hand corner of the page.

Here are some links to information about Google Groups to get you started:                                                                                            

                ·         Brief video on Google Groups - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=29n6xm1dLiI

·         Google Groups Home Page - http://groups.google.com/


Delegated E-mail posted August 13, 2010
The mail delegation option has been enable in BMail.  Your manager can now give you access to his or her email account.
For more information on delegated e-mail and how to set it up, click here amd find the "Set Up Delegated Email" section.