Updates and Announcements
As we communicated in early December, older versions of Google Apps Sync for Microsoft Outlook (GASMO) will stop working on Monday, April 20, 2015! Google has identified users in the UMICH domain that are still using depreciated versions 3.6 or older of GASMO. The Notes sync features in Outlook will stop working on April 20, 2015 unless users upgrade.
The GASMO software is usually auto-updated as Google releases new versions, however one of the following situations could prevent the auto-update:
Google has announced the end of life (EOL) for Moderator. Users of Moderator can use Takeout to export their Moderator data. Important dates to note for the EOL for Moderator are below:
Google's latest launch includes features that provide more powerful conditional formatting options in Sheets. Conditional formatting can be added by highlighting the appropriate cells and selecting Format > Conditional formatting from the menu.
Conditional formatting improvements include:
For more information, see Conditional formatting improvements in Google Sheets.
Google has announced the release of a new feature that allows people using Google+ Photos to store and organize photos and videos in Google Drive. All users, including those who do not currently use Google+ Photos, should know the following:
As we communicated in January, support for NPAPI (Netscape Plug-in API) will be discontinued with the release of Chrome 42 this month. Google will unpublish extensions requiring NPAPI plugins from the Chrome Web Store as well. Because not all plugin vendors will be able to move to alternate technologies by the release of Chrome 42, Google will provide an override for advanced users (via chrome://flags/#enable-npapi) and enterprises (via Enterprise Policy) to temporarily re-enable NPAPI to give mission-critical plugins more time to make the transition.
In September 2015, Google will remove the override and NPAPI support will be permanently removed from Chrome. Installed extensions that require NPAPI plugins will no longer be able to load those plugins.
A few of the major plugins affected are Java, Silverlight and Flash; affected applications include Business Objects, ImageNow, Planview and Blue Jeans. Note that this is not a complete list and there may be other applications affected as well. Keep in mind that you can use a different browser if you experience issues.
For more information, see The Final Countdown for NPAPI.
The M+Google Team has had several inquiries regarding Inbox, Google's new email interface that is currently available to users of Gmail. We have requested it for Google Apps for Education at the University of Michigan, but anticipate it being some time before that request can be granted. When Google makes Inbox available to U-M, we will test it on our systems and release it to the university. We will publish updates about Inbox as we have more information.
Google has released a Google Calendar App for iPhones! Features include:
The Calendar app for iPhones is now available in the App Store.
Google is launching changes to the structure of Docs editor URLs in order to assist with the Google Docs editors when signed in to multiple accounts. Docs editor URLs will no longer use the /a/DOMAIN format and instead use a /u/ format. Current URLs will continue to work after this change. If a user clicks on an old URL, they will be directed to the new structure without having to do any additional work. Note that users might see /a/DOMAIN included in the Doc editor URLs for approximately a week after the launch.
Google is making this change to ensure Doc editors will be able to select which account to use when logged in on multiple accounts. The Doc editors will be able to select the appropriate account by examining all logged in account sessions and selecting the first one with view access without asking the users to specify which account to use. Google plans to make enhancements in the future that will enable them to lift the one account per domain restrictions currently imposed while using Docs editors. We expect to see this change in the UMICH domain in the next four weeks. While Google is not anticipating any disruptions as a result of this change, the lead time should be used to make any necessary adjustments.
For more information, please see Google Docs editors URL format change.
Google has made enhancements so you can use different headers and footers on the first pages of their Docs. The ability to use different headers and footers can be useful when:
A new checkbox will display after a header or footer is inserted. Once checked, you have the ability to set a different header and footer on the first page or following pages.
Google has also added the Insert > Page Number menu that allows you to customize how and where the page numbers begin.
For more information, see Customizable headers and footers, page numbers in Google Docs
Good news! Google is listening to its users and making changes based on feedback. When the new Google Drive was first released, Shared with Me was replaced with Incoming. Based on the loud protest from Google Drive users, Google has reversed this change. Users will now find the items that have been shared with them in Shared with Me in the new Google Drive.