Updates and Announcements

Chrome's New Safe Browsing Feature

posted Feb 25, 2015, 1:13 PM by Jennifer Mruk   [ updated Feb 25, 2015, 1:15 PM ]

Last August Chrome expanded their Safe Browsing protection by displaying a warning in Chrome when users attempt to download a software that is disguised as a helpful download but will actually make unexpected changes to your computer. Chrome is now providing even more protection against unwanted software by showing a warning when users visit a site that "encourages downloads of unwanted software".  The warning below will appear before users are taken to the suspected site:

Other Safe Browsing features include:
  • Google Search incorporates signals that identify deceptive sites, which reduces the chances users will visit sites where unwanted software downloads are available. 
  • Google Ads that lead to sites with unwanted software are now disabled.
Unwanted software has at least one of these characteristics:
  • Affects user's system in unexpected ways
  • Difficult to remove
  • Collects or transmits private information without the users knowledge
  • Bundled with other software without its presence being disclosed

Improvements Coming to Sheets

posted Feb 19, 2015, 7:56 AM by Jennifer Mruk

Google has announced changes to the protected sheets and ranges functionality in Sheets, which is intended to provide a deeper level of control when locking sections of content in a spreadsheet. The improvements include:
  • Ability to lock down all content in a Sheet except for a particular cell or range
  • Faster set up with the ability to re-use the same permissions you previously chose on a different set of cells
  • Ability to quickly lock down a sheet or range to a single person, a small number of people, or a domain
Google has also made it easier to improve your invoices, reports, or other spreadsheets with images or logos, in the frozen sections. To insert an image in a frozen section of a Sheet, select a cell in the row and click Insert > Image. The image can then be resized and moved as appropriate. Note that this feature only works in the new Google Sheets.  

UPDATE: New Google Drive Soon to be the Default Experience

posted Feb 13, 2015, 12:27 PM by Jennifer Mruk   [ updated Feb 13, 2015, 12:29 PM ]

As we announced in early November, the new Google Drive will soon become the default experience for all users. Though users have had the ability to revert to the old Drive UI through the Settings drop down, this will change in the U-M domain in the next week or soDrive is being updated across all platforms, so users will notice changes everywhere they access Drive. 

For more information, see Meet the new Google Drive. Be sure to check out the Meet the new Google Drive video, which we've also posted on google.umich.edu.

UPDATE: Auto-Migration to the New Sheets

posted Feb 10, 2015, 6:55 AM by Jennifer Mruk   [ updated Feb 10, 2015, 6:58 AM ]

In early November, we announced the auto-migration to the new Google Sheets. We expect to see this migration in the U-M domain in the next two weeks. Though the migration will take several months to complete, users can begin taking advantage of the new features in Sheets as soon as their older spreadsheets are migrated. Simple spreadsheets will be migrated first, while spreadsheets utilizing Apps Script and other complex features will be migrated at a slower pace to ensure a more seamless transition. NOTE: You can tell what version your spreadsheet is by checking to see if there is a green checkmark at the bottom right of your spreadsheet. The checkmark is only found on new Sheets. 

NOTICE: Google Apps Access From Crimea Will Be Terminated

posted Jan 27, 2015, 11:08 PM by Rita Girardi

Due to recently enacted international sanctions, users will be unable to access Google Apps from Crimea beginning January 31, 2015. They will receive an “Unable to sign in” message when attempting to login. Since access to Google services for accounts located in Crimea will be suspended, we highly recommend that any UMICH users permanently located in Crimea migrate their data before January 31, 2015. To migrate data, see Migrate data away from Google Apps. If you need help migrating data, please contact the ITS Service Center.

Organize Your Inbox!

posted Jan 26, 2015, 7:05 PM by Rita Girardi

With a new year upon us, it is the perfect time to organize your inbox. Check out Best Practices for Organizing Your Inbox for the top three tips on how get your inbox cleaned up. It might be painful, but it will be worth it!  

App Launcher Now Has Docs, Sheets, and Slides

posted Jan 23, 2015, 10:41 AM by Jennifer Mruk

It is now easier to get to Docs, Sheets, and Slides when signed in to other Google Apps for Education. Google recently announced they added Docs, Sheets, and Slides to the App Launcher. Click More to find Groups, Contacts and other Google Apps. For more information, see Docs, Sheets, and Slides coming to the App Launcher

screenshot of Apps Launcher showing Docs, Sheets, and Slides.

UPDATE: Important Changes Coming to NPAPI Support In Chrome

posted Jan 23, 2015, 7:16 AM by Jennifer Mruk   [ updated Jan 25, 2015, 8:56 PM by Rita Girardi ]

Google announced in 2013 a plan to remove the Netscape Plug-in API (NPAPI) support in Chrome. This change improves Chrome's security, speed, stability, and reduces complexity in the code base. With the release of Chrome 40, Google will no longer allow certain NPAPI plug-ins to run without requiring users approval. As a result, people using Google Talk on Chrome 40 will see a "Plug-in blocked" notification in their browser bar. A one-time approval is required for the Talk service, specifically audio calls, to function. If approval is not granted, users will be prompted to run the plug-in within the Talk UI when attempted to make or receive calls. 

When Chrome 41 is released in March, the approval will be required every time the browser is loaded. With the release of Chrome 42 in April, NPAPI support will be disabled by default in Chrome. Audio calls in Talk will then start operating through Google Hangouts and will require Google Voice to be enabled for standard telephone calls. 

For more information, see the following:

Google Hangouts Last Seen Indicator

posted Jan 14, 2015, 12:33 PM by Jennifer Mruk   [ updated Jan 14, 2015, 10:36 PM by Rita Girardi ]

Users may have already noticed alerts for a new feature rolling out in Google Hangouts, which adds a timestamp that indicates the last time a user was online as part of the contact's status (e.g. 'last seen 2h ago'). This feature is available on Hangouts in M+Google Mail (gradual rollout), as well as on the latest versions of the Hangouts Android and iOS apps. You can control whether this info is shared from Hangout chat settings.

For more information, see "Last seen" indication in Hangouts

Sheets now includes SPARKLINE Option

posted Jan 12, 2015, 4:58 AM by Jennifer Mruk

Google Sheets now includes a SPARKLINE function that allows users to create a miniature chart contained within a single cell, providing a visual depiction of data trends.

In addition to the existing line graph and bar chart options, both column and "winloss" options are now available in Sheets. For instructions how to create a chart, see SPARKLINE

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