May Monthly Updates

posted May 31, 2016, 7:14 AM by Amanda Hudeck   [ updated May 31, 2016, 7:19 AM ]

The monthly M+Google Digest informs users about what is happening with Google releases for both Core Apps (Google applications that fall under the Google Apps for Education agreement and do NOT require separate terms of service or privacy policy), as well as the Non-Core Apps (those that are not part of the Google Apps for Education agreement). We will continue to communicate important information on Core Apps throughout the month as well. For a list of Core and Non-Core Apps, see the M+Google List of Services page.

Core Apps:

  • Dial in with ease! The latest Google Calendar app for Android gives you the ability to add the passcode automatically. Tap the call-in number from the calendar event and you will be prompted to select the passcode for either host or participant.

  • You can now view images and drawings (even in “frozen sections”) in the Sheets app on your iPhone or iPad.

  • Google BigQuery is integrating with Google Drive. Google BigQuery is a serverless analytics data warehouse that lets you analyze large amounts of data to find meaningful insights, using familiar SQL. BigQuery is fully managed, which means it frequently delivers features and upgrades without any downtime or burden on the user. You can now:

    • Save query results directly to Google Sheets from the BigQuery UI.

    • Query files directly from Google Drive, without loading them into BigQuery first.

    • Query Google Sheets spreadsheets from BigQuery as you edit them in Sheets.

Check out the post on the Google Cloud Big Data and Machine Learning blog for more details.

  • New! More ways to keep data flowing between your apps and ours::

    • Build seamless integrations with the new Sheets and Slides APIs. An example: developers can use Sheets as part of a workflow and allows users to collaborate on data before the updated data is pulled back into the original app. No need to copy and paste!

    • Keep data synced with the new Classroom API. Developers can access assignments, grades, and workflow. Gradebooks and reporting systems can be synced with Classroom, which eliminates the need to manually transfer grades.

    • No more stale data with linked charts! You can keep data flowing seamlessly by linking charts from Sheets into Docs or Slides.

  • Opening Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides files on mobile is now easier when you’re offline. Any Docs, Sheets, or Slides files you have worked on recently will be automatically synced to your mobile device. You can open them even if you don’t have an internet connection.

Note: Keep in mind that even when non-core apps are found in a core app (like Google Drive), they are not covered by the Google Apps for Education agreement.

M+Google Team

Tip: Did you know? You can search for image files by describing them instead of using their file names in Drive.

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