If you’ve been away for the summer (or even if you haven’t), you may not know about some of the new features that Google has introduced to our LakerApps suite of products. We thought we’d mention some of the cool ones here for the Gmail, Calendar and Docs apps. But don’t think this is the end of the new and/or improved feature list! You can expect more to come in the future as Google continuously works on improving their products.
- More Space: If you were getting close to your 7GB space limit for your email, no worries. Google recently increased all Google Apps for Education users mail space from 7GB to 25GB. Thank you, Google!
- Nested Labels: If you organize your email, then you probably have used labels. Labels are similar to folders and allow you to take email out of your inbox and store them into categories you specify for later access. Previously, you could not group your labels together to create sub-labels. Now you can. When you create a new label you will have the option of grouping it under an existing label. If you’d like to nest existing labels, go to your Mail Settings->Labels and then edit the Label you want to nest. You will see an option to nest it. Learn More
- Inbox Styles: You can now choose what mail messages you want to see at the top of your inbox each time you login. Perhaps you want to see your Starred messages first or your Important messages. Simply click on the option you would like to improve your mail reading efficiency! Learn More
- The People Widget: This new widget shows up on the right hand side of any mail message you are viewing. What you will see in this column is more information about the people involved in the conversation. As you click on a person’s name you will see recent email communications with the person and if you have any shared documents or upcoming events with them. You can also easily chat with them and send them email. Learn More
- Call Phone: In the chat area of Gmail, under your name will be a “Call phone” listing. This new feature within Gmail allows you to make phone calls over the Internet. Domestic calls are free through 2011 as well as calls to Canada. Learn More
- Appointment Slots: This is one of the biggest new features Google introduced over the summer for Calendar, but won’t actually work in our SUNY Oswego domain until late September. Everyone will have the ability to create a block of time on their calendar where people can sign-up to meet with you. Does Office Hours ring a bell? Appointment slots is perfect for that. Learn More
- Color-Code Events: Ever wanted to categorize events by color or just wanted that really important one to stand out? You can now color code your events. Learn More
- Default Meeting Length: If you often have to adjust the default event length of meetings when you create them, you can now make your most common event length your default through the Calendar Settings. Learn More
- Google Cloud Connect: This is a very cool feature now available for use with Microsoft Office. Ever wanted to share a MS Word document in Docs, but still continue to work on it in Word without having to upload a new version to Docs each time you made changes? If you install Google Cloud Connect, you can continue to make those changes in Word and with a click of a button have them automatically synced to Google Docs. Oh, and it works with Excel and PowerPoint too! Learn More
To keep up on Google’s new feature releases, visit their What’s New in Google Apps? page.