Update Announcements from Google I/O

posted Jun 27, 2014, 7:55 AM by Rita Girardi   [ updated Jun 28, 2014, 10:26 PM ]

Google made many announcements at its annual developer’s conference (Google I/O), which was held on June 25. Below is a summary of changes that will affect UMICH accounts. Please visit the links for more information.

Google Drive Updates

  • Edit Microsoft Office files in Chrome and ChromeOS

    • You can now edit Microsoft Office documents without converting them within Google Drive. To do so, you need to install the Office Editing for Docs, Sheets, and Slides extension in Chrome; the feature is already installed in ChromeOS. Once the extension is installed, you’ll be able to edit Office files directly from Drive, Mail and the new Docs, Sheets, and Slides. UPDATE 6-28: While the extension is live in the Chrome App Store now, the functionality to edit and save Microsoft Office documents is tied to the release of the new version of Drive. For UMICH users, the new version of Drive will be coming in a couple of weeks. Until then, you can install the extension, but you won't notice any new features.

  • Better document and image viewing experience in Gmail and Google Drive

    • Google will launch a new version of the Drive interface for viewing documents and images in Mail and Drive to give more focus to the content itself. This change will come to Drive in the next few days and to Mail starting in two weeks.

    • For a preview, the Google Operating System blog has an excellent post.

  • Restore a user's Drive files

    • If you send a Drive item to Trash and then empty your Trash, Google Administrators here on campus can now restore that Drive item for up to 25 days. After 25 days, the item is not recoverable.

    • If you need to restore a document, contact the ITS Service Center.

    • You can still restore items from Drive Trash on your own.

    • Note: Items restored by Administrators do not keep their Share settings.

Updates to Mobile Apps