Summary of Updates for April 2013

posted May 9, 2013, 12:19 PM by Rita Girardi   [ updated May 10, 2013, 9:19 AM ]


Drive - Preview files    Released: Friday, Apr 5, 2013

Users can now preview more than 30 file types in Google Drive. They can flip through files to find the one they want as well as share, download, print or edit them with one click. Blog post

Sites - Embedded Drive folders    Released: Tuesday, Apr 16, 2013

You can now insert Drive folders into Google Sites. When editing a page, select the Folder option in the Insert menu, then select the checkbox next to the folder name. Site visitors must have view access to the Drive folder to see it embedded in the page. Inserting the folder on a page does not result in any access permission changes.

Gmail: New compose and reply experience enabled by default    Released: Tuesday, Apr 16, 2013

The redesigned Gmail compose and reply features, released in October 2012, are now enabled by default for all users.

Cloud Connect shut down      Released: Tuesday, Apr 30, 2013
Users will no longer be able to use this product and should install Google Drive on their computer. Google Drive for Windows/Mac achieves the same desktop editing and works across Windows, Mac, Android and iOS devices.


New chat experience in Google Drive     Release date: May 7, 2013

Chat in Docs and Slides has a new look similar to what you’re used to in Gmail. You can now start a group chat with just one click. Simply select the new chat button at the top right and a chat box will appear, making it easy for you to quickly message everyone who is in the file. Additionally, if collaborators or viewers have an active Google+ profile, you will see their profile picture on top instead of just their name. This feature will be available in Sheets soon.

Add events to Google Calendar from Gmail     Scheduled Release date: TBD

Dates and times within emails are lightly underlined. You can click them to schedule events at those dates and times without ever leaving Gmail. When you click on one of these underlined dates, you will be able to preview your schedule for the day and change the title, date or time of the event. You can then add the event to your calendar by clicking on “Add to calendar”. In addition, the calendar event will include a link back to the original email so you always have context.