Updates and Announcements
Core Apps: Mail, Calendar, Talk/Hangouts, Drive, Sites, and Contacts
Non-Core Apps: Additional applications that are not Core
NOTE: Keep in mind that even when non-core apps are found in a core app (like Google Drive), they are not covered by the Google Apps for Education agreement.
Google is providing more functionality for users making spreadsheets available to large audiences. Users can publish a file as a web page and embed or share that URL. With the latest Google launch, users now have the ability to publish spreadsheets in five additional formats.
New Formats include:
When opened in a browser, the URL will automatically download the spreadsheet in the chosen format. Keep in mind that spreadsheets in these additional formats cannot be embedded. For more information, see Publish Google Sheets spreadsheets in five additional formats.
As we previously communicated, the new Google Drive UI is now the default experience for all users. On July 7, the ability to revert to the old UI is being removed. We recommended a browser upgrade for Google Apps users as the new Google Drive UI does not work with older unsupported browsers. Users should upgrade their browsers no later than July 6, 2015. MiWorkspace users should not experience any issues as their web browsers are automatically upgraded. For more information, please see Full launch of the new Google Drive UI.
Updates to Google Sheets on the web allows users to more easily customize charts, display data in new ways, and be more confident about changes made by collaborators.
Customized charts, made easier
Charts make large data sets digestible, so Google has made some improvements to help people highlight their most important data. Improvements include:
Data, displayed better
This release also includes new tools for analyzing spreadsheet data. For example, people can:
Users already have the ability to restrict who can edit an entire worksheet or range of cells using the protected sheets and ranges features. In order to reduce the number of unintended changes collaborators that do have permission to edit cells make, typos for example, this release includes the ability to warn collaborators who attempt to edit certain cells. This feature makes collaborating easier as owners won't need to set up complicated permissions in their document.
For more information, see More options for charts, cells and collaboration with Google Sheets on the web.
As we communicated earlier this year, the New Google Drive will soon become the default experience for all users and the prior version of Google Drive will be retired. NOTE: the new Drive UI does not work with older unsupported browsers and users need to be on the newer web browser versions to access Google Drive. See Supported Browsers for more information on the Google Apps supported browsers. To avoid any issues, users should upgrade their browsers by June 23, 2015. MiWorkspace users should not experience any issues as their web browsers are automatically upgraded.
For more information, see An Update on the new Google Drive UI.
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.
On July 6th, 2015, Google will be shutting down the OAuthConfig class completely. This means that if users have scripts that still use OAuthConfig to connect to APIs, they must will need to update your code to use the OAuth1 for Apps Script library before July 6th, 2015.
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:
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