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The following features are now available to domains following the Scheduled Release track:
- No new features

The following features are intended for release to these domains on Jan 3rd:

Gmail: The new look for Gmail starts to roll out as the default interface on Tuesday, Jan 3 and continues to the end of the week. After that, the new look will become permanent within weeks. We strongly encourage administrators to use the one-time switch in the control panel to opt-in all your users, and control the timing of when they see the new look.

Contacts: The standalone Contacts service will have the same interface and features that are currently available in Contacts inside Gmail.

Release track:
Scheduled*

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

For more information:
http://whatsnew.googleapps.com/new-look/
http://support.google.com/a/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=1627068&topic=20016

*Scheduled Release track: Domains with ‘Scheduled Release’ option enabled in the administrator control panel. Learn more

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Several administrative APIs, previously only available to Google Apps for Business and Education customers, are now available to all Google Apps editions. These APIs, including the Admin Audit API, Admin Settings API, SAML Single-Sign On, and the Reporting API, allow you to make bulk changes to users and settings on your domain, and download detailed information and statistics.

Please note that certain APIs, including the Calendar Resource API, Shared Contacts API, Email Settings API, and Email Audit API, are still limited to Google Apps for Business and Education editions.

Examples of administrative API actions now available to all Google Apps editions include:
- Create, rename, suspend, or delete users
- Retrieve a list of all users
- Move users between suborganizations
- Get details about usage statistics and storage quota
- Add and remove users from Groups

When accessing the APIs from a script, you can combine operations to perform actions in bulk. For example, you could retrieve a list of all users, and then add a new email alias for each one. You might also process a list of new accounts from a local file and use your script to create each user in Apps. We offer several client libraries so that you can easily use the APIs with your favorite programming language.

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

How to access what's new:
- Get started with Google Apps APIs at our Google Code site
- Experience the API authentication flow and try sample calls at the OAuth 2.0 Playground
- Learn how the SSO authentication flow integrates with Apps
- Engage with our developer community to learn more, assist others, and get help

For more information:
http://googleappsdeveloper.blogspot.com/2011/12/more-administrative-apis-now-available.html

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The new look is now the permanent interface for Google Docs, Docslist, Spreadsheets and Sites.

Major changes to your Documents List include -
- The Upload button is now an icon rather than a text button. It shows an up-arrow coming out of a hard drive.
- To access the Narrow by options, click the down arrow in the search box at the top of your window.
- To create a doc from a template, click the Create button, and select From template....


Major changes to Docs, Spreadsheets, and Sites include -
- Click the Share button to share your item with other people or modify the sharing settings. Options such as Publish to a web page and Email collaborators have moved to the File menu.
- The Share button will now show the visibility state of your doc when you mouse over it.
- Since Google Docs continuously saves your work, the Save button has been removed. The last updated time now shows near the menu bar.
- There's now a button that lets you navigate back to your Documents List, in place of the Google Docs logo. Mouse over the doc name, and click the left arrow icon to get back to your Documents List.

Release track:
Scheduled*

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:
-While Google Docs automatically saves your work, you can revert back to a previous version by selecting File, See revision history, and then selecting ‘Restore this revision’ after choosing your preferred version.

For more information:
http://whatsnew.googleapps.com/new-look/docs-resources

*Scheduled Release track: Domains with ‘Scheduled Release’ option enabled in the administrator control panel. Learn more

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Several updates were made to the Gmail app for iOS, including -

-Ability to set a custom signature when sending from mobile devices
-Access to configure and set up a vacation responder
-Improved labels with support for nested labels
-New notification sound on iOS 5 to better distinguish received mail
-E-mail messages can now be sent as drawings with support for different colors, brush sizes, lines, erasers, and spray paint

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 configure your custom signature or vacation responder, open the Gmail app, select Menu and then the gear icon.
-To draw a new message, compose a new message and select the scribble icon. The new drawing will send as a PNG file attached to the message.

For more information:
http://gmailblog.blogspot.com/2011/12/updates-to-gmail-app-for-ios.html

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The following features are now available to domains following the Scheduled Release track:
Gmail:
- Disable chat setting: A new option to disable chat in “Settings” and this action can also be done via a screen reader.

Docs:
- The new look is now the permanent interface across all Docs services.

Sites:
- The new look is now the permanent interface.

The following features are intended for release to these domains on Dec 20th:
- No new features to announce

Release track:
Scheduled*

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

For more information:
http://whatsnew.googleapps.com/new-look/docs-resources

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If Google+ is enabled on your domain and you activated your profile, the following features will now be available in your Gmail account:

- Circles and Google+ posts in the People Widget: If you open an email from someone that has a Google+ account, you can add them to a circle. The People Widget will also show recent Google+ posts from the sender.

- Direct content sharing: If you receive an email with an image attached, in addition to viewing or downloading, you can now share it to Google+, directly from your inbox. The photos will be uploaded to your Google+ account and will only be viewable by circles you choose to share with.

- Filtering mail by circles: Your circles will be displayed as labels in the navigation pane. By selecting a circle, you can choose to display messages received from individuals in that particular circle. Additionally, you can configure circle names to display on emails in your inbox.

Release track:
Rapid

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 hide your circles from the list of labels, select the downward arrow next to Circles, and then choose ‘hide’.
-You can enable or disable circles displaying on emails by selecting the gear icon, Settings, Labels, and then choosing either ‘show’ or hide’ under the ‘Show in message list’ pane.

For more information:
http://gmailblog.blogspot.com/2011/12/gmail-and-contacts-get-better-with.html

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- We recently made some changes to how the sharing settings in the administrator control panel affect calendars. Previously, these settings only affected primary calendars but now they affect secondary and resource calendars as well.

If you have a secondary calendar or resource embedded in a site you may have to modify these settings to make sure that it’s still visible or has the sharing setting you desire.

- In Gmail, users can delegate access to their account so that other users can read and send messages on their behalf. This is often useful in the scenario of an assistant/PA. However, these users were unable to RSVP to calendar invites in Gmail. Based on your feedback, delegates can now RSVP to events in Gmail on behalf of the account owner.

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:
- In the administrator control panel, go to “Settings”, then “Calendar” and “Sharing options.”
- Gmail delegates can RSVP to an invite in Gmail by clicking ‘Yes’, ‘No’ or ‘Maybe’ in the first section of the invite message, not in the invite header below.

For more information:
http://support.google.com/a/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=60765&topic=9201&ctx=topic
https://support.google.com/mail/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=138350&ctx=mail

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Google Apps Mobile Management is a set of device management controls integrated into the Google Apps control panel. It covers Android and Google Sync devices, which include iOS, Windows Phone, and other smartphones and tablets using Microsoft® Exchange ActiveSync®.

With Mobile Management, you can manage your mobile fleet with the following features:
- Granular policies: Configure mobile settings at the organizational unit level
- Device activation: Control what devices can connect to your users' Google Apps data
- Device console: View all mobile devices in your domain connecting with Google Sync or Android Sync.

In addition to these mobile settings, you can view graphs about mobile usage and see mobile trends in your organization in the Reports tab of your control panel.

Editions included:
Google Apps for Business, Government and Education

Languages included:
All languages supported by the Next Generation and Current versions of the Control Panel: Arabic, Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish, Czech, Danish, Filipino, Finnish, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Indonesian, Norwegian, Thai, Ukranian, Vietnamese

How to access what's new:
Mobile Management is in the administrator control panel, go to ‘Settings’ -> ‘Mobile’

For more information:
http://googleenterprise.blogspot.com/2011/11/more-flexible-mobile-device-management.html
Help Center: http://www.google.com/support/a/bin/answer.py?answer=1734200

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The following features are now available to domains following the Scheduled Release track:
- No new features to announce

The following features are intended for release to these domains on Dec 13th:

Gmail:
- The new look for Gmail starts to roll out as the default interface on Tuesday, December 13, and continues to the end of the week. After that, the new look will become permanent within weeks. We strongly encourage administrators to use the one-time switch in the control panel to opt-in all your users, and control the timing of when they see the new look.

- Disable chat setting: A new option to disable chat in “Settings” then "Chat" and this can also be done via a screen reader.

Docs:
- The new look becomes the permanent interface.

Sites:
- The new look becomes the permanent interface.

Release track:
Scheduled*

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

For more information:
http://whatsnew.googleapps.com/new-look/gmail-resources
http://whatsnew.googleapps.com/new-look/docs-resources

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We have recently made a number of changes to make activating the email service even easier. These include:

- MX record setup is now fully unified in the Setup guide providing guided help for the customer through various email setup options such as direct to Google, Postini, or mail routing in a piloting scenario.
- Domains can now directly use Postini without setting up Gmail first.
- Domains can now use Google provided test aliases, test-google-a.com, for as long as desired. Previously these aliases were removed once email was activated. Administrators will also have the option to activate or deactivate the test alias under "Domain Settings." Domains with Postini can also opt-in to keeping the test alias upon Postini activation.
- The domain’s current MX records will now be displayed in the Control Panel under "Email Settings" and in the Setup guide. Showing these MX records in the Control Panel will help administrators check their status of email activation or incorrect MX records post-setup.

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

Languages included:
All languages supported by the Control Panel
(Next Generation and Current Version)

How to access what's new:
- To see the new Email setup flow, click on "Setup", and then "Set up Gmail" in the left navigation bar.
- In the administrator control panel, click on "Settings", then "Email" and scroll down to the section "MX Records" to see the new option.
- To keep the test alias option, click "Domain Settings" and then "Domain names" to see the new option for the Test domain alias.

For more information:
http://www.google.com/support/a/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=57919&topic=9202&ctx=topic
http://www.google.com/support/a/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=56835

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