Updates and Announcements

Improvements in Slides & NEW G+ Collections

posted May 14, 2015, 6:04 AM by Jennifer Mruk

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

Migrate all Scripts away from OAuth Configuration

posted May 13, 2015, 12:40 PM by Jennifer Mruk   [ updated May 13, 2015, 12:44 PM ]

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.   

Changes to Google Login Page

posted May 13, 2015, 11:59 AM by Jennifer Mruk   [ updated May 13, 2015, 12:01 PM ]

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. 

IMPORTANT UPDATE: Older Versions of Google Apps Sync for Microsoft Outlook

posted Apr 17, 2015, 6:17 AM by Jennifer Mruk

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:
  • The Google Update functionality is disabled
  • The GASMO Enterprise MSI is installed, which does not auto-update
  • The GASMO client is failing to auto-update
You can find GASMO version information in the "Add/Remove Programs" list in Windows. Neighborhood IT has contacted users on MiWorkspace machines with outdated versions of GASMO. Users not on MiWorkspace machines should download the latest version of GASMO (3.5.385.1020) immediately. 

End of Life for Moderator

posted Apr 17, 2015, 5:31 AM by Jennifer Mruk

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:
  • March 30, 2015 - First day users can download Google Moderator data from Takeout. Your data from past Moderator series will be available in Takeout for at least two years.
  • June 30, 2015 - The last day users can create a new series, ask a question, or vote on a question. For the month of July, Google Moderator will be “read-only.”
  • July 31, 2015 - Moderator’s last day. The site will no longer be available in any form, but users will be able to access data from past Moderator series through our Takeout tool for at least two years.

Conditional Formatting Enhancements in Sheets

posted Apr 9, 2015, 9:25 AM by Jennifer Mruk   [ updated Apr 9, 2015, 10:44 AM ]

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:
  • Ability to add gradient conditional formatting rules
  • Additional style choices (bold, strikethrough, italics)
  • Enhanced conditional formatting editing pane
  • Import/export of color scale conditional formatting

Store and Organize Google+ Photos in Drive

posted Apr 9, 2015, 9:25 AM by Jennifer Mruk

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:
  • A new menu item, Google Photos, will appear in Drive
  • Upon launch, a notification in the Drive web UI will give users the option to add a Google Photos folder to their My Drive. 
  • This feature can be managed through Drive Settings > General > Automatically put your Google Photos in a folder in My Drive 
    • If the user opts to create the Google Photos folder in My Drive, and is also a Sync Client user, they may want to go to Sync Client Preferences > Sync Options > and selectively remove the new Google Photos folder from syncing to their desktop
    • Users can rename, move, share or delete the Photos folder in My Drive at any time. NOTE: If a user deletes photos or videos from the Google Photos folder in Drive, they will also be deleted in Google+.
    • The default share setting for the Google Photos folder is Not Shared
    • If at any time a user unchecks the setting to put Google Photos into the Photos folder in My Drive, the folder will continue to exist (unless deleted by the user) but no new photos will be added
We expect to see Google+Photos in Drive in the UMICH domain in the next few weeks. For more information, see:

UPDATE: End of Support for NPAPI in Chrome

posted Apr 8, 2015, 10:14 AM by Jennifer Mruk   [ updated May 3, 2015, 7:16 AM ]

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.

Google's Inbox

posted Apr 6, 2015, 5:46 AM by Jennifer Mruk   [ updated Apr 6, 2015, 5:47 AM ]

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 Calendar App for iPhone

posted Mar 18, 2015, 11:55 AM by Jennifer Mruk   [ updated Mar 18, 2015, 11:56 AM ]

Google has released a Google Calendar App for iPhones! Features include:
  • Assists - make suggestions that save you time creating calendar events
  • Schedule View - makes your calendar easy to scan and provides an appealing view
  • Works with any calendar already set up on the iPhone.

The Calendar app for iPhones is now available in the App Store

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