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In late August we released Chrome 64-bit for Windows, which brought benefits in speed, security and stability. We’re now bringing these benefits to OS X with Chrome 64-bit for Mac, version 39, due to be released in Nov 2014. Unlike on Windows, where Chrome is available in both 32-bit and 64-bit, on Mac, Chrome will only be available in 64-bit with version 39 and after. As a result, 32-bit NPAPI plugins will not work on Chrome on Mac version 39 onwards.

Release Schedule
  • Windows: Stable version 37 is currently available as an opt-in via the Windows-64-bit link
  • Mac: Stable version 39 will be released to all customers in November 2014 via a Chrome update

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Any participant in a video call can now select a participant to be shown to all other participants’ views. This feature overrides the automatic speaker-driven switching for everyone in the call. For example, if a participant is sharing a desktop view or showing something live, anyone can make that the default view for all, so there is no visual disruption to the meeting.

Anyone presenting in the same room using g.co/present/ will automatically join in “Present to everyone” mode if there are no other presenters.

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Rapid release and Scheduled release

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As announced in July, with today’s Hangouts update, people using the Hangouts apps on Android and iOS will now be able participate in multi-way video calls without a Google+ profile.

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Rapid release and Scheduled release

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We have introduced a date picker at the top right of the Reports section in the Admin console to provide additional transparency into any reporting delays and unblock partial data feeds in the event some data is unavailable.

The latest date for which all data points are present (usually 2 days prior to the current day) has a green background. When this date gets delayed beyond the standard 2 days delay, admins can choose a later date to access data which is not delayed and is available at the selected date:


On the API side, the API will return data for the latest available report date and admins will be able to select older dates when data gets delayed. The API will also return a warning if some of the data is missing.

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Rapid release and Scheduled release

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We have launched a new simplified sharing experience for the Google Docs editors and Google Drive, making it easier for people to find and copy the link for a file or folder to share with others.

To give access to your content to others, click the blue “Share” button (or select a file/folder in Drive and click the person icon), and you’ll see a new “Get shareable link” button and grey icon in the upper right corner of the pop-up window. With one click on “Get shareable link,” you’ll see your file’s link appear and that the icon turns from grey to green, meaning that the file is ready to be shared with view-only access.

If you want anyone with the link to do more with your file, like leave comments and suggestions or make edits, just change “Can view” to “Can comment” or “Can edit” in the dropdown. And as always, if you only want certain people to be able to view, comment on, or edit your file, add their email addresses and we’ll send them a link that only they can access.

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Rapid release (gradual rollout), with Scheduled release coming two weeks after completion of rollout to Rapid

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Client certificates are required in many organizations to access EAP-TLS 802.1x WLAN or wired networks as well as mutual TLS protected web resources.

Today we are launching an easy way to provision and manage these certificates across a fleet of devices. We’re providing an API so that extensions can support a variety of enrollment protocols and workflows. At the same time, we ensure that the private key is TPM backed and never leaves the device.

The extension can be pushed and the EAP-TLS network configuration can be specified via the Admin console.

Release track:
Rapid release and Scheduled release

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A new version of the Google Drive app for iOS is now available in the App Store, containing the following features:
  • Faster syncing
  • New upload experience that shows progress and destination

Release track:
Rapid release and Scheduled release

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We have launched a new publishing interface for Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides. The interface makes it easier for people to understand how document, spreadsheet and presentation content can be published as a webpage or embedded in their own website(s). In the new Google Sheets, the new interface also provides the ability to publish specific sheets and charts without publishing the entire document.

Release track:
Rapid release, with Scheduled release coming in three weeks

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Check out this month's "What's New in Google Apps" newsletter for a roundup of all Apps launches from August 2014.

Newsletter Archive & Translated Versions (coming soon for August issue)



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Applying themes to forms is a great way to personalize and tailor them to their intended audience. With this launch, people working with Google Forms will now be able to apply custom themes to their forms.

This includes adding custom images or logos to the header and page background, specifying the font details (type, size, color) and paragraph alignment for the form text, and choosing the color for the form and page backgrounds. We’ve also refreshed the overall Forms UI and added a brand new gallery of modern default themes.

In addition, if a form using a custom theme is shared within a domain, others can copy that theme in order to use it themselves. This helps to ensure a consistent look and feel across forms used in that domain.

Release track:
Rapid release, with Scheduled release coming in three weeks

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Today we introduced Google for Work as the new name for Google Enterprise. Learn more about our commitment to bringing the best of Google to work by reading our blog post and following the Google for Work blog.

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With this launch, we are introducing a new tab to Hangouts in Gmail that shows a list of a person’s contacts sorted by availability, making it easier to see which contacts are currently online.

Available contacts (those with the green circle) will show in an alpha-ordered list first, followed by a second alpha-ordered list of unavailable contacts. Contacts can be hidden or pinned to the top of the contacts list regardless of their availability.

To access the new contacts tab, click on the person icon on the bottom of the Hangouts section.

Release track:
Rapid release, with Scheduled release coming in two weeks

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As initially mentioned last month, in line with the new Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides home screens we announced in June, we’ll now start redirecting docs.google.com to point to the new Google Docs home screen instead of to Google Drive. You can always get to Google Drive by going to drive.google.com.

Those with docs.google.com bookmarked as a way to access Google Drive should update their links accordingly. We will be showing a notification to users in both Drive and Docs to remind them of this change.

Release track:
Rapid release (gradual rollout over the coming weeks), followed by rollout to Scheduled release domains two weeks after completion of rollout to Rapid release domains

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We have launched a new version of the special character picker in Google Docs, Slides, and Drawings, making it easier for people to find characters and symbols—like arrows, shapes, or non-Latin characters—to insert into their content.

The new picker now supports keyword search as well as free form input, so editors can draw the symbol that they have in mind and the picker will return available characters that resemble the drawing.

To add special characters, click the Insert menu and select Special characters.

Release track:
Rapid release, with Scheduled release coming in two weeks

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The new Google Slides mobile app is now available on iOS, making it easier for people to quickly find, edit and create presentations on the go--online or offline. As with the Android version, the Slides iOS app includes support for editing PowerPoint files. Additionally, as announced for Android in June, the Google Docs and Sheets apps for iOS have been updated to allow for seamless editing of Word and Excel files. No need to worry about file compatibility or internet connections anymore with the new Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides apps on iOS--it all just works. Release track:
Rapid release and Scheduled release For more information:
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Currently, Google Apps Unlimited customers are able to access Drive audit logs using the Reports API and in the 'Audit' section of the Admin console reports. The current Drive audit logs include events such as create, upload, edit, rename, move, add to folder, remove from folder, trash, delete and untrash. We are now adding view event support to the Drive audit logs.

View event will cover file views for Google and non-Google file formats. Admins will also be able to filter on view events and combine that with other filtering criteria like document name, user name and timestamp.

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Rapid release and Scheduled release

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People using Google Sheets will now be able to copy and paste high-fidelity, fully functional charts inside the same spreadsheet and between spreadsheets. When copying inside the same spreadsheet, the original data is used, so updating any data updates the chart. When copying between spreadsheets, a copy of the data is used, so no data is linked and updating the original data does not affect the chart. Release track:
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People creating charts in Google Sheets will now have the ability to add trendlines--lines superimposed on charts revealing the overall direction of the data. Trendlines can be styled with different colors and line thicknesses, and can be displayed as an item in the legend. They are available for scatter plot, bar, column, and line charts. Release track:
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Today we started to open Classroom to all Google Apps for Education users, helping teachers create and collect assignments paperlessly. Classroom includes time-saving features like the ability to automatically make a copy of a Google Document for each student, and also creates Drive folders for each assignment and for each student to help keep everyone organized. Students can keep track of what’s due on the Assignments page and begin working with just a click. Teachers can quickly see who has or hasn't completed the work, and provide direct, real-time feedback and grades right in Classroom. We’ll be rolling out to more users every day, so if you go to classroom.google.com with your Apps for Education account and don’t have access yet, please check back soon.


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People using Chrome OS on the latest versions (36.0.1985.138 or 36.0.1985.126), and who are opted-in to the new Drive UI, can now edit Office files natively from Drive and Gmail. They will also experience greater stability and rendering fidelity for files. 

If your organization manages updates for Chrome, be sure to update to the latest Chrome OS versions to get the best experience working with Office files on your Chromebook.

For more information:  
https://support.google.com/chromebook/answer/2481498

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With this new option in Gmail Spam settings, admins can turn on more stringent filtering of bulk mail using a single checkbox. This is a feature that was available in Postini, and will now be available to Google Apps customers. For migrated Postini customers, the checkbox will be enabled by default.

Release track:
Rapid release and Scheduled release

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https://support.google.com/a/answer/2368132

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With this launch, Gmail users will be able to send to, and receive from, email addresses that contain accented or non-Latin characters. This includes both the domain name (to the right of the @ symbol) and/or the local-part (to the left of the @ symbol), as in 武@メール.グーグル.

Google Accounts will continue to contain only non-accented Latin characters (ASCII), so users will not be able to create an account such as Борис@gmail.com.

Release track:
Rapid release and Scheduled release

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Enterprise Blog Post

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Last week we announced the roll-out of Hangouts video calls for up to 15 participants to everyone on Google Apps. This applies to people with and without access to Google+, with either Google Talk or Google Hangouts chat enabled. Starting today, Google Calendar will automatically add video call links to new Calendar events for all Google Apps for Business and Education customers.

As announced earlier this year, administrators can disable this functionality for specific organizational units.

We plan to provide similar functionality to Google Apps for Government soon.

Release track:
Rapid release, with Scheduled release coming in two weeks

More information:
https://support.google.com/a/answer/4362302


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People working with tables in Google Docs will now be able add styling to the borders of individual cells or groups of cells within the table. New controls will allow the application of color, width, and line styles to cell borders in a selection.

When the cursor is in a table, the border styling toolbar will appear, allowing the editor to select border styles for a selection of cells or the individual cell containing the cursor.

Release track:
Rapid release, with Scheduled release coming in two weeks

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https://support.google.com/docs/answer/3508928


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