October Monthly Digest

posted Nov 11, 2015, 8:06 AM by Jennifer Mruk

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.

Core Apps: Mail, Calendar, Talk/Hangouts, Drive, Sites, and Contacts

  • Do more on the go with new features in the Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides Android apps: Google is making it easier to get work done on your mobile device with the latest release, which allows users to:

    • View more content at one time in Sheets: In order to provide users the ability to see more of the screen, toolbars and headers will be hidden when users scroll down or zoom in on a spreadsheet.

    • View existing filters in Sheets: Apply filters to your data in Sheets on the web and those filters will now also appear in the Sheets Android app as well.

    • Paste only values, formatting, and more in Sheets: Paste special feature now also available in Sheets Android app. This feature allows users to copy content and then paste only associated values, formatting, formula, data validation, or conditional formatting.

    • Hyperlink text and shapes in Slides: Users can now insert links and edit existing links in presentations directly from the Slides Android app.

    • User superscripts and subscripts in Docs and Slides: Create superscript and subscript text in the Docs and Slides Android apps with the text formatting palette.

    • Request access to files with the Google Drive Android app: Users now have the ability to request access to Drive content links.

  • Flexible editing and sharing options with the latest version of the Google Drive iOS app: The latest version of the Google Drive iOS app is available and includes the following features:

    • ability to open, edit and save back to Drive using other document editing apps

    • ability to backup and share your photos and videos from the iOS Photo app

  • Sharing on the go with Google Drive: New features for both the Google Drive Android app and the Google Drive iOS app.

    • Sharing notifications (Android and iOS): Users with the Google Drive app can now choose to receive mobile notifications when a Drive Item is shared with them. Users can open the shared file or folder by tapping the notification.

    • Consistent sharing experience across platforms (iOS): Google is implementing a more consistent sharing experience in Drive across platforms.

    • Seamless sharing to people without Google accounts (Android): Google account is no longer needed to view shared files on an Android app.

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.