Updated version of Google Apps Directory Sync


A new version of the Google Apps Directory Sync tool is now available for download. This release includes the following enhancements:

- Performance improvements: overall sync is between 7x - 14x faster
- ‘Suppressed Domain’ feature for User Profiles
- Multiple LDAP attributes support for ‘givenName’ and ‘familyName’ attributes
- Throttling of requests for ‘serverbusy’ errors in Profile and Contact sync
- Suspend limit provision for UserSync
- Option to flush out cache from config-manager UI

Editions included:
Google Apps for Business, Education, and Government

How to access what's new:
Download here

For more information:
Release notes

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Protect your account with new security features in Gmail


We’ve released two security enhancements to Gmail that help protect you from phishing attempts.

- Going forward, email address will be visible next to the display name for senders that aren’t in your Contacts list.
- We now scan messages and alert you if the sender may have spoofed a Gmail address.

Release track:
Rapid*

Editions included:
Google Apps, Google Apps for Business, Government and Education

Languages included:
All languages supported by Gmail

For more information:
http://gmailblog.blogspot.com/2011/06/protect-yourself-from-scams-by-knowing.html

*Rapid Release track: Domains with ‘Enable scheduled releases’ checkbox disabled in the administrator control panel. Learn more

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New version of Google Apps Sync for Microsoft Outlook® available


We have made some performance improvements to Google Apps Sync for Microsoft Outlook®

Editions included:
Google Apps for Business, Government and Education

How to access what's new:
Existing installs will be updated automatically.

For more information:
Please see our release notes

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Scheduled Release track features update 6/28/11

Scheduled Release track features update 6/28/11

The following features are now available to these domains:
- No new features

The following features are intended for release to these domains on July 6:
- Limits warnings in Spreadsheets. Warnings will be shown when a user approaches the spreadsheet limits.
- Embed Google Docs videos in Google Sites.

Release track:
Scheduled*

Editions included:
Google Apps, Google Apps for Business, Government and Education

For more information:
https://docs.google.com/support/bin/answer.py?&answer=37603

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Temporary removal of AIM functionality in Google Chat


We are temporarily suspending AIM functionality for our Chat product while we wait for needed system updates on the part of of AIM's creator, AOL. During this period, you won't be able to invite your AIM buddies to join your Chat list, nor will you be able to chat with the AIM buddies that you had on your Chat list. We apologize for any inconveniences caused by the temporary suspension of this feature.

We are in direct communication with AOL and they have informed as that they are actively working on these needed updates. Once AOL has finished updating their system, we will reinstate AIM functionality for our Chat product. We appreciate your patience in the interim.

Release track:
Rapid & Scheduled

Editions included:
Google Apps, Google Apps for Business, Government and Education

*Please note the list of products currently included on the Rapid and Scheduled Release tracks here.

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Deprecating support for Blackberry Enterprise Server 4.1.17


Starting July 2, 2011, RIM will be deprecating support for BES 4.1.6 and 4.1.7. Google Apps will stop supporting these BES versions starting July 2, 2011. Google Apps Connector for BES 3.x will still be supported for BES 5.x. We strongly urge customers to upgrade to BES version 5.x and version 3.x of the Connector. You can download latest version of the Google Apps Connector from https://tools.google.com/dlpage/appsconnector

Editions included:
Google Apps for Business, Government and Education

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Google Apps for Education mailbox sizes are growing


We’re increasing Gmail storage for our Google Apps for Education users from 7 GB to 25 GB.

Editions included:
Google Apps for Education

Languages included:
All languages supported by Gmail

How to access what's new:
Starting next week, new schools that migrate to Google Apps for Education will receive 25 GB mailboxes. Existing accounts will see their storage size increase over the next few weeks.

For more information:
http://googleenterprise.blogspot.com/2011/06/bigger-mail-on-campus.html

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Embed your Google Docs videos


You can now embed your Google Docs videos in Google Sites.

Release track:
Rapid Release*

Editions included:
Google Apps, Google Apps for Business, Government and Education

Languages included:
All languages supported by Google Sites

How to access what's new:
In a site, go to ‘Edit page,’ click on ‘Insert,’ scroll down to ‘Video,' and select ‘Docs video.' Choose a video stored in your Google Docs account from the pop up dialog.

For more information:
Read more about embedding content in Sites in our help center.

*Rapid Release track: Domains with ‘Enable scheduled releases’ checkbox disabled in the administrator control panel. Learn more

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Easily open your Google Docs hosted Microsoft Office files with Cloud Connect


You can now open Office files stored in Google Docs directly from Microsoft Office. After downloading the file with Google Cloud Connect, you can sync changes to the file stored in Docs and collaborate with others.

Editions included:
Google Apps, Google Apps for Business, Government and Education

Languages included:
All languages supported by Google Cloud Connect

How to access what's new:
Go to the Cloud Connect menu in Microsoft Office and click ‘Open from Google Docs’. All documents that can be opened with the application you’re running will appear in a pop-up dialog.

For more information:
http://googleenterprise.blogspot.com/2011/06/open-files-more-easily-in-google-cloud.html

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Scheduled Release track features update 6/21/11

The following features are now available to these domains:
Google Calendar:
- Appointment slots
- Calendar meetings length
- Improvements to printing

Google Sites:
- Recover and restore deleted sites within a 30-day grace period.

The following features are intended for release to these domains on June 28:
- No new features planned

Release track:
Scheduled*

Editions included:
Google Apps, Google Apps for Business, Government and Education

For more information:
http://gmailblog.blogspot.com/2011/06/introducing-appointment-slots-in-google.html
http://googledocs.blogspot.com/2011/06/this-week-in-docs-and-sites-ignore-all.html

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Search all your email on iOS devices


You can now search all messages in your Gmail account with the addition of server search for Google Sync enabled iOS devices.

Editions included:
Google Apps, Google Apps for Business, Government and Education

How to access what's new:
To search messages that are not synced locally, open the Mail app on an iOS device, select a Google Sync configured Gmail account, and search your mail. When the ‘Continue Search on Server’ prompt appears, click it to complete your search.

For more information:
http://googlemobile.blogspot.com/2011/06/three-new-updates-to-google-sync-for.html

Learn more about Google Sync for iOS on our help center.

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Now easier to rename a user

We’ve made it easier to rename users in the Administrator Control Panel by adding the ability to rename from the user information page.

Editions included:
Google Apps, Google Apps for Business, Government and Education

Languages included:
US English only (Next Generation Control Panel)

How to access what's new:
Go to ‘Organizations and users’, select the user’s name to open the user information page, and click the ‘Rename user’ link next to their name.

For more information:
Please see our help center.

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Scheduled Release track features update 6/14/11

Scheduled Release track features update 6/14/11

The following features are now available to these domains:
Gmail:
- Advanced IMAP controls lab graduating
- Nested labels lab graduating
- Superstars lab graduating

The following features are intended for release to these domains on June 21:
Google Calendar:
- Appointment slots
- Calendar meetings length
- Improvements to printing

Google Sites:
- Recover and restore deleted sites within a 30-day grace period.

Release track:
Scheduled*

Editions included:
Google Apps, Google Apps for Business, Government and Education

For more information:
http://gmailblog.blogspot.com/2011/06/introducing-appointment-slots-in-google.html
http://googledocs.blogspot.com/2011/06/this-week-in-docs-and-sites-ignore-all.html

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Copy-and-paste images with Gmail

You can now paste images directly from your clipboard into Gmail messages. This is currently limited to Google Chrome users.

Release track:
Rapid and Scheduled Release*

Editions included:
Google Apps, Google Apps for Business, Government and Education

Languages included:
All languages supported by Gmail

How to access what's new:
Copy an image onto your clipboard from another site or email and paste directly into the body of your message.

For more information:
http://gmailblog.blogspot.com/2011/06/pasting-images-into-messages-just-got.html

*Please note the list of products currently included on the Rapid and Scheduled Release tracks here.

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Admins can now transfer Google Documents from one user to another

Administrators can now transfer all documents owned by one user to another via the Administrator Control Panel. Reassigning ownership can be useful when a user is leaving your organization. This was previously only possible via the Google Documents List API.

Please note that this functionality is only for Google Apps domains that have fully transitioned to the new account infrastructure for Google Apps accounts. This change does not affect any domains that have not yet transitioned to that infrastructure.

Editions included:
Google Apps, Google Apps for Business, Government and Education

Languages included:
US English Only (Next Generation Control Panel)

How to access what's new:
To transfer documents, click the ‘Advanced tools’ tab in the Administrator Control Panel, scroll down to the ‘Document ownership transfer' section and put the user name of the current owner in the ‘From’ field and the user name of the new owner in the ‘To’ field. Click ‘Transfer documents’ to complete the transfer.

Note: Transfers can be very large. You may want to check with the new document owner to make sure they have enough space in their Docs account. You can check storage used by clicking the ‘Upload’ button from the user’s Docs List.

For more information:
Please visit our help center.

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Now easier to recover a deleted site in Google Sites


Google Apps administrators can now restore deleted sites without needing to remember the site’s URL. Administrators can also choose to delete sites permanently before the 30-day grace period has passed.

Release track:
Rapid Release*

Editions included:
Google Apps, Google Apps for Business, Government and Education

Languages included:
All languages supported by Google Sites

How to access what's new:
To recover sites, scroll to the ‘Deleted sites’ section under ‘My sites’ and either restore or permanently remove sites deleted within the last 30 days

For more information:
http://googledocs.blogspot.com/2011/06/this-week-in-docs-and-sites-ignore-all.html

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Improvements to discussions in Google Docs


We’ve released the following enhancements to discussions in Google Docs:

- A discussion pane that shows the selected text for each comment thread
- Statistics to summarize the 7-day activity of your doc
- Discussion threads that automatically collapse at longer lengths
- Email notifications with the selected text and most recent comment at top for better readability

Release track:
Rapid and Scheduled Release*

Editions included:
Google Apps, Google Apps for Business, Government and Education

Languages included:
All languages supported by Google Docs

How to access what's new:
To view your document’s statistics, click the ‘Discussions’ button then select the ‘Documents stats’ link.

For more information:
http://googleenterprise.blogspot.com/2011/06/few-improvements-to-discussions-in.html

*Please note the list of products currently included on the Rapid and Scheduled Release tracks here.

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Scheduled Release track features update 6/7/11

The following features are now available to these domains:
Google Sites:
- Chrome Frame support
- Improved Dialog UI when inserting Docs, images etc.
- Apps Scripts in Sites can be published to anonymous users
- More webfonts in Sites

The following features are intended for release to these domains on June 14:
Gmail:
- Advanced IMAP controls lab graduating
- Nested labels lab graduating
- Superstars lab graduating

Release track:
Scheduled*

Editions included:
Google Apps, Google Apps for Business, Government and Education

For more information:
http://gmailblog.blogspot.com/2011/05/3-labs-graduations-1-retirement.html

*Scheduled Release track: Domains with ‘Enable scheduled releases’ checkbox enabled in the administrator control panel. Learn more

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Manage your availability with appointment slots in Google Calendar


You can now manage your online availability with Google Calendar. Once you’ve set up blocks of time you’d like to offer as appointment slots or office hours, coworkers and clients can sign up via your personal appointments sign up page.

Release track:
Rapid Release*

Editions included:
Google Apps, Google Apps for Business, Government and Education

Languages included:
All languages supported by Google Calendar

How to access what's new:
- Set up appointment slots by clicking on your calendar and selecting ‘Appointment Slots’ from the event pop-up window. This feature is being rolled out to all users over the next week.
- Your appointments sign-up page URL is accessible via the ‘Edit details’ link.

For more information:
http://gmailblog.blogspot.com/2011/06/introducing-appointment-slots-in-google.html

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Updated version of Google Apps Migration for Lotus Notes tool

A new version of the Google Apps Migration for Lotus Notes tool is now available for download. This includes the following enhancements:

- Configurable password length for user provisioning.
- Site creation now checks Domino directory for feeders with the same name to prevent multiple instances of the tool from using the same feeders.
- Loading groups and resources prior to migration now send detailed events to the administration log.
- Web authorization page now sends detailed events to the administration log.

Editions included:
Google Apps for Business, Government and Education

How to access what's new:
Download page

For more information:
Release notes

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Admin Audit API now available for Google Apps Administrators

A Google Apps Admin Audit API is now available. With this API administrators can survey the activities of all of the account's administrators in the control panel. The API gives details about changes to a key subset of their Google Apps services and features settings including settings for Calendar, Chat, their delegated administrators, Docs, domain configuration, Gmail, Groups, mobile settings, organization hierarchy, Sites, and user settings. In addition to the setting changes, the API returns specifics about the change activity itself, including the IP address used by the administrator.

Editions included:
Google Apps for Business and Education

For more information:
http://code.google.com/googleapps/domain/audit_admin/overview.html

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Calendar meetings length and print changes


You can now change your default meeting length in Google Calendar away from the 30 minute standard. This allows you to avoid clicking into the Event Details page to create your most common event lengths. We’ve also released improvements to our print options that allow you to select the time range you would like to print.

Release track:
Rapid Release*

Editions included:
Google Apps, Google Apps for Business, Government and Education

Languages included:
All languages supported by Google Calendar

How to access what's new:
- To set up your default meeting time, go to your Calendar settings page and scroll down to the ‘Default Meeting Length’ section. Choose your desired length from the drop down.
- Select specific date ranges for print outs of your Calendar from the print dialog screen.

For more information:
http://gmailblog.blogspot.com/2011/06/change-google-calendars-default-meeting.html

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Labs graduations


We’ve graduated three of our most popular labs. Superstars allow you to use different stars to mark and organize messages, Nested Labels allow you to organize labels hierarchically, and Advanced IMAP controls allow users who access their mail via an IMAP client to only sync selected labels or to limit folder size. We’ve also retired the Google Search box lab, as users can now search by clicking ‘Search the Web’ next to the search bar at the top of the Gmail page.

Release track:
Rapid Release*

Editions included:
Google Apps, Google Apps for Business, Government and Education

Languages included:
All languages supported by Gmail

How to access what's new:
- To set up Superstars, go to your Gmail settings page and scroll down to the ‘Stars’ section of the ‘General’ tab. Rotate through the options you’ve set up while starring a message by clicking on the star.
- To set up Nested Labels, click on the button next to an existing label in your left hand panel and scroll down to ‘Add sublabel.’
- To edit Advanced IMAP Controls, go to your Gmail settings page and click to the ‘Forwarding and POP/IMAP’ tab.

For more information:
http://gmailblog.blogspot.com/2011/05/3-labs-graduations-1-retirement.html

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Scheduled Release track features update 6/1/11

The following features are now available to these domains:
Gmail:
Importance markers and ‘Important’ label. This introduces the same important markers as with Priority Inbox but without having to enable the full Priority Inbox functionality.

Google Docs:
Pivot tables

The following features are intended for release to these domains on June 7:
Google Sites:
- Chrome Frame support
- Improved Dialog UI when inserting Docs, images etc.
- Apps Scripts in Sites can be published to anonymous users
- More webfonts in Sites

Release track:
Scheduled*

Editions included:
Google Apps, Google Apps for Business, Government and Education

For more information:
http://googledocs.blogspot.com/2011/04/google-sites-brings-you-over-100-new.html

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