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New Update announcements from Google

4/15/2015

1. Google Drive User Interface update

2. Addition of Docs, Sheets, and Slides icons to App Launcher

3. Edit Microsoft Office files in Chrome

4. Google Slides mobile app for Android & iOS, with PowerPoint editing

5. Suggested edits in Google Docs

6. Activity view, link sharing and more in the new Google Drive mobile apps



1. Google Drive User Interface update

        Posted: 15 Apr 2015 10:54 AM EDT


Last year, Google introduced the new Google Drive user interface as the default user experience while retaining the ability to return to the old Drive interface via the Settings drop down. 

In the first half of May at the earliest, Google will be removing the option to return to the old Drive interface via the Settings drop down. At least two weeks before the removal of the option to return to the old Drive interface, Google will show a notification in the Drive interface about the upcoming change. Please note that the new Drive interface does not work with older unsupported browsers prior to and including Chrome 23, Firefox 23, IE9 and Safari 6, so it’s important to upgrade to a supported browser to ensure continued access to Drive. 


2. Addition of Docs, Sheets, and Slides icons to App Launcher

        Posted: 15 Apr 2015 11:23 AM EDT

What’s new: We’ve added Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides to the App Launcher for Google Apps customers, making it easier for people to get straight to the Docs editors when signed into other Google products.

Groups and Contacts were moved to the ‘More’ screen to make room.

How it works: To access the Docs editors and your other Google Apps products, open the App Launcher from the Google bar. Click on ‘More’ to access Groups, Contacts, and other products. 

3. Edit Microsoft Office files in Chrome

        Posted: 25 Jun 2014 01:29 PM EDT


You can now edit Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint files directly from Google Drive, Gmail and the new Docs, Sheets and Slides home screens, without needing Microsoft Office when you’re using Chrome on your desktop.  Just install the “Office Editing for Docs, Sheets & Slides” extension and you’re good to go.


For more information:

Get the Office Editing for Docs, Sheets & Slides Chrome extension

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4. Google Slides mobile app for Android & iOS, with PowerPoint editing

        Posted: 25 Jun 2014 02:15 PM EDT


As previously announced, the new Google Slides mobile app is now ready for launch on Android (with iOS coming soon), making it easier for you to quickly find, edit and create presentations on the go -- online or offline. The Slides app includes support for editing PowerPoint via Quickoffice, so you don’t have to worry about file compatibility, it all just works.  This is available now on Android and will be available soon on iOS.

5. Suggested edits in Google Docs

        Posted: 25 Jun 2014 12:30 PM EDT


Now in Google Docs, any user with "can comment" access to a document will be able to make suggested edits to the document. The suggested edits will appear in the document along with a comment explaining the edit. Those with "can edit" permission will be able to accept or reject those suggested edits. Those with "can view" access will not be able to see suggested edits (until they are accepted). Viewers will also no longer be able to see regular comments.


6. Activity view, link sharing and more in the new Google Drive mobile apps

        Posted: 25 Jun 2014 01:59 PM EDT


The Google Drive mobile apps for Android and iOS now has a cleaner design, more responsive animations, and faster background syncing. Sharing your files is also simpler and faster. Key features include the following:


Activity view: a stream of changes to your files and folders, accessible through the details panel

Link sharing: easily share files and folders directly from the mobile app using a link


This new version of the app is available now on Android and iOS.



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Attach Google Drive Files on Gmail:Google Drive is linked to your Google account, you can attach files stored in Google Drive directly to your Gmail.


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