New Compose Gmail Experience


We're always trying to make Gmail faster, so today we're introducing a redesigned compose experience in Gmail that saves you time, uses less screen space, and is simple to use. The new compose experience opens a window at the bottom of your inbox, just like a chat box. You can compose multiple messages at once, search through your inbox and even reply to other messages all while keeping your new draft open.

Release track:
Rapid

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

For more information:
http://support.google.com/mail/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=2645922
http://gmailblog.blogspot.com/2012/10/introducing-new-compose-in-gmail.html



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Scheduled Release track features update 10/23/12

Gmail: Gmail now has more than 100 virtual keyboards, transliteration and IMEs—collectively called input tools. These tools allow users to type in the language and keyboard layout that they’re accustomed to.

The following features are intended for release to these domains on October 30th:
No new features to announce.

Release track:
Scheduled

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

For more information:
http://googleenterprise.blogspot.com/2012/10/communicate-more-easily-across.html

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Bringing Google Calendar to the Play Store

Previously available only on select Android devices like Nexus S and Galaxy Nexus, you can now download the official Google Calendar app for Android from Google Play. Note that this app only works on devices running Android 4.0.3+ Ice Cream Sandwich or Jelly Bean.

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

For more information:
http://officialandroid.blogspot.com/2012/10/bringing-google-calendar-to-play-store.html
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.calendar

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Import emails and contacts from other webmail systems

If you're switching to Gmail from another email provider like Yahoo!, Hotmail, or AOL, Gmail has a handy tool to help you move over your old emails and contacts. This tool is now accessible to Google Apps users as well.

Note:
This import feature is not a Google Apps core service and is not supported under the Google Apps Terms of Service.

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

For more information:
https://support.google.com/a/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=2525613
http://support.google.com/mail/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=164640

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Scheduled Release track features update 10/16/12

No new features have launched this week.

The following features are intended for release to these domains on October 23th:
Gmail: Gmail now has more than 100 virtual keyboards, transliteration and IMEs—collectively called input tools. These tools allow users to type in the language and keyboard layout that they’re accustomed to.

Release track:
Scheduled

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

For more information:
http://googleenterprise.blogspot.com/2012/10/communicate-more-easily-across.html

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Drag-and-drop to upload folders in Google Drive

Users have had the ability to upload files to Google Drive by dragging-and-dropping them into the web interface since April 2011. They can now upload folders from their computer to Google Drive in the same way. Note that this feature is only available using the latest version of Google Chrome.

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

For more information:
http://support.google.com/drive/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=2424368

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Enhanced email management by organizational units

Google Apps administrators now have the ability to apply email settings like IMAP & POP access to Gmail, offline access, email forwarding, email footers, etc. to organizational units.

Editions included:
Google Apps for Business, Government and Education

For more information:
http://googleenterprise.blogspot.com/2012/10/enhanced-email-management-for-user.html

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Communicate more easily across languages in Gmail

Gmail now has more than 100 virtual keyboards, transliteration and IMEs—collectively called input tools. These tools allow users to type in the language and keyboard layout that they’re accustomed to.

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

Release track:
Rapid release

For more information:
http://googleenterprise.blogspot.com/2012/10/communicate-more-easily-across.html

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Scheduled Release track features update 10/9/12

No new features have launched this week.

The following features are intended for release to these domains on October 16th:
No new features to announce.

Release track:
Scheduled

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

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Troubleshooting tools for Google Apps users

Google Apps Toolbox is a collection of troubleshooting tools available to Google Apps users. The following tools are currently part of the toolbox:

  • CheckMX analyzes the public DNS records of a domain to look for common MX record misconfigurations.
  • Messageheader analyzes email message headers to look for the cause of mail delivery delays.
  • LogAnalyzer analyzes locally stored log files to explain errors in the following products:
    • ChromeOS Devices
    • Google Apps Sync for Microsoft Outlook
    • Google Apps Migration for Microsoft Outlook
    • Google Apps Migration for Microsoft Exchange
    • Google Apps Connector for BlackBerry Enterprise Server
    • Google Apps Directory Sync

How to access what’s new:
https://toolbox.googleapps.com/apps/main/

For more information:
http://support.google.com/a/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=2520136

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Docs Export Format Change: Delayed to 1/31/2013 for Scheduled Release Domains


On September 25, we announced that we would be changing some of the file exporting functionality in Google Docs on October 1 for scheduled release track customers.

We recognize that some of our customers would like more time before the change goes into effect. As you may have noticed, that change did not go into effect on October 1. In order to support our customers and help them through the transition, we have delayed the export format change for scheduled release track customers until January 31, 2013.

We recently added the ability to export Google documents to the newer Microsoft Office formats that rely on open standards (.docx, .xlsx, .pptx). To continue adding new features and innovations to Google Docs, we’ll be focusing our resources on exporting to these newer open formats rather than the older, proprietary Office formats (.doc, .xls, .ppt) that were used in Office 97-2003.

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

Release track:
Scheduled release


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A New Way to Sync Google Contacts

Google Apps Customers now have the ability to sync their Google Contacts using CardDAV. CardDAV is an open protocol for contacts that enables 3rd party clients, like the iOS contacts app, to sync Google contacts.

Editions included:
Google Apps for Business, Government and Education

For more information:
http://gmailblog.blogspot.com/2012/09/a-new-way-to-sync-google-contacts.html
http://support.google.com/mail/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=2753077

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Enhanced Chrome browser support for Google Apps customers

Google Apps for Business, Education and Government customers may contact Google to receive support on Chrome installation, functionality, security, browser policy settings and Google Apps interoperability for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux.

Editions included:
Google Apps for Business, Government and Education

For more information:
http://googleenterprise.blogspot.com/2012/10/enhanced-chrome-browser-support-for.html

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Scheduled Release track features update 10/1/12

Sites: Comments in Sites now have new features that are similar to the ones available for comments in Google documents, spreadsheets and presentations. Users can now +mention others, get new comment notifications via email and respond to comments via email.

The following features are intended for release to these domains on October 8th:
No new features to announce.

Release track:
Scheduled

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

For more information:
http://support.google.com/sites/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=98225

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Gmail Advanced Labs Management


This new feature of the administrator control panel allows Google Apps admins to better control Gmail Labs. Each lab can be individually:
 - Enabled: The Lab is enabled for all users in the domain; users are not able to disable it
 - Allowed: Users are allowed to enable the lab for their own account
 - Disabled: Users are not allowed to enable the lab for their own account

Note:
Gmail Labs are experimental, optional features of Gmail, and continue to be, even with these new advanced controls. They may change, break, or disappear at any time. Gmail Labs can also sometimes be “graduated” into full-fledged features, at which point they may cease to be optional or controllable.

Languages supported:
All languages

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

For more information:
http://support.google.com/a/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=117099


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