Updates and Announcements
Google has recently included Appear and Disappear to the animation options in Google Slides. Users can also now set the direction for both Fly in and Fly out. For more information on animations, see Animation Improvements in Google Slides.
Google has also recently introduced Google+ Collections. Every collection is a focused set of posts on a particular topic, which provides an easy way for Google+ users to organize their interests. Collections can be shared publicly, privately, or with a custom set of people. Once a collection is created, the user's profile will display a new tab where other people can find and follow collections. For more information on Google+ Collections, see Introducing Google+ Collections, a new way to group posts by topic, and, Find and Follow Collections.
All Google APIs (Google Calendar, Google Drive, etc.) stopped supporting OAuth1 (and by extension OAuthConfig) on April 20, 2015. OAuth is the de facto standard for authorization today and used by most modern APIs. To assist with connecting Apps Script to OAuth-protected APIs, Google recently created two new open source libraries: OAuth1 for App Scripts and OAuth2 for App Scripts. This information is fairly technical. Please see Deprecation Reminder: Migrate all Scripts away from OAuth Configuration for details.
Google has recently updated the Google login page. This update means that the 'username' and 'password' fields will now be on two separate pages. This change is a part of working towards introducing new authentication solutions that complement traditional passwords and is slowly being rolled out over the coming weeks.
Users will enter only their email address on the first screen and click Next to be taken to another screen to enter their password. Users in the UMICH domain who log in through the Google page will continue to be redirected to U-M's Weblogin page. Keep in mind that logging in through email.umich.edu, drive.umich.edu, and calendar.umich.edu will take you directly to U-M's Weblogin page.
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, WebNow, 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.
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