Google March Monthly Update

posted Apr 4, 2017, 5:54 AM by Amanda Hudeck

The monthly U-M Google Updates inform campus of Google releases for Core Apps as well as the Non-Core Apps (those that are not part of the G Suite for Education agreement). We communicate important information on Core Apps throughout the month. Core and Non-Core Apps are listed on the U-M Google List of Services page.

Core Apps:

  • Deprecation of Mobile Apps for Docs, Sheets, etc. - Older versions of Android and iOS® apps will no longer function as of April 3, 2017. In most cases, these versions are outdated and don't include several performance, reliability, and security features that have been added to recent versions. The legacy versions of the Drive, Docs, Sheets, and Slides apps will show to affected users one of these following messages this month:

    • "Version too old: Sorry, this version of Google Drive is no longer supported. Please upgrade to a newer version."

    • "App update required: This version of Google [app name] is no longer supported. Update to the latest version."

    • "System update required: Google [app name] no longer supports this version. Go to device settings to check for a system update."


  • After March 1, 2017, if you are using an old version you may be prompted to upgrade when you receive a message notifying you that your version is out of date.

  • After April 3, 2017, legacy versions of these apps may fail to load files and no longer function.

  • Jump right back into the conversation with new Hangouts message indicators - When you enter a conversation where there has been a lot of activity, you will see a Jump to Last Read button. Clicking this button will take you to the last unread message in your chat denoted by # new messages indicator. Additionally, the # new messages button has been updated to match the new look and feel.

  • Link to cell ranges in Google Sheets - To help with navigating large and complex spreadsheets, Google is introducing the ability to link to specific cell ranges in Google Sheets on the web. Now you can create a table of contents for your spreadsheet, direct others to specific content within your spreadsheet, and retain links to cells when you import spreadsheets from other applications. To link to cells in your spreadsheet, navigate to Insert link > Select a range of cells to link and enter or highlight the desired range.

  • Google is retiring several Gmail Labs - With the move to Gmail Add-ons, you will soon gain the ability to add modern integrations in Gmail, which in some cases will replace or improve some labs. In anticipation of this, Google is retiring the following Labs: Authentication Icon, Google Voice Player, Picasa previews, Pictures in chat, Quick Links, Quote Selected Text, Smartlabels, and Yelp previews. The process will begin no earlier than April 24, 2017.

  • Google is retiring two legacy Google+ features in Gmail: the ability to email Google+ profiles and the use of Google+ Circles. The process will begin no earlier than April 24, 2017.

  • Upgrade your Google Drive Plug-In for Microsoft Office before April 20, 2017 - Google has adopted a new authentication flow that requires users to authenticate via the default browser on their system, and not through embedded browsers known as “web-views.” Starting March 14, Google will begin automatically updating all plug-ins. If you  have turned off Google Update or installed the Google Drive plug-in in an environment that does not allow for automatic updates, please download the latest plug-in version ( You must upgrade to version before April 20, 2017. If the plug-in is not updated, you will not be able to sign in to older versions of the plug-in.


Previously Communicated:

The Collaboration Services Team

Tip: Did you know? You can edit Microsoft Office documents directly in Drive, without installing Office.

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