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Google’s New Compose and Reply Experience

If you have not already received prompts to preview the new compose and reply experiences in LakerApps Gmail, you can expect to soon.  Google is allowing users to preview the new experiences prior to rolling them out as permanent features.

In his blog post dated October 30, 2012, Product Manager Phil Sharp says “We’re always trying to make Gmail faster and easier to use, so today we’re introducing a completely redesigned compose and reply experience that does just that.”

You’ll know when you are able to preview the new compose experience the next time you compose a new message.  If the feature has been rolled out to you, a window similar to the following will display.  When you are ready to start, click the blue “Got It” button.

 

 

 

From then out, a separate “New Message” window shows up in the lower right corner of your screen, overlaying your inbox.

 

 

One of the reasons for this change is to allow you to easily refer back to email messages without leaving your new message. You can also do email searches and monitor new mail as it arrives. If the new message window is obstructing your view while referring back to messages, simply click the minimize button in the upper right to temporarily get it out of your way.

Some additional features include:

  • Automatic resizing of the compose window based on the length of your message.
  • When typing in your list of recipients, you’ll now see photos in the autocomplete feature.
  • Ability to insert images inline with your text.
  • Formatting and attachment options are now at the bottom of the compose window.
  • Minimize, pop-out the message as a separate window or save it as a draft for later ( the “x” button) using the icons in the upper right.
  • Full discard of a message using the trash can icon in the lower right.
  • Insert a calendar invitation.
  • Coming soon – inserting emoticons and read receipts.

The new reply experience also introduces some changes. In the same blog post dated October 30, 2012, Phil Sharp says the “reply experience has been designed to fit better inline as part of your conversation — replies take up much less vertical height, intelligently expand to fit your content, and always keep the recipients and other controls in view no matter how long your message gets.”

Similar to how the new compose features were introduced, you’ll be notified of using the new reply experience the next time you hit the reply button. If the feature has been rolled out to you, a window similar to the following will display. When you are ready to start using it, click the blue “Got It” button.

 

 

 

 

From then out, a separate “New Message” window shows up in the lower right corner of your screen, overlaying your inbox.

 

 

 

For additional help in using the new compose and reply experiences, please refer to “Gmail’s New compose and reply experience.

 

Featured Article: There’s a New Look Coming to a Google App Near You!

It is expected that Google will be introducing a new look to the LakerApps suite of applications for all users in the December/January timeframe. This includes the Gmail, Calendar, Docs and Sites apps.

In June of this year, Google announced it would be working on creating new user interfaces for its primary applications.   Google cites three primary reasons for making these changes.  Focus for streamlining a new look across all the apps and reducing clutter, elasticity for consistent user experience no matter what device you are using – computer, tablet or mobile, and effortlessness for incorporating the latest technologies in their products to quickly bring new features to users.  Google has also been working diligently to make their products more effective for users with disabilities who may be accessing them through adaptive or assistive technologies.What does this mean for users?  It means a more consistent look across all the apps and across all devices whether you are using them on a PC, a tablet computer (like an iPad) or a smartphone.  It also means a little bit of change…

Since their announcement in June, Google has been letting users preview the interfaces and provide feedback on what they like and dislike about the changes.  Google is then incorporating any necessary revisions to be included in a final product release.

For our LakerApps suite of applications, the preview option is currently available for all four applications – Gmail, Calendar, Docs and Sites.   The FAQ article on the Google Apps New Look page describes how you can opt-in to the new interface for each app and then also how you can opt-out of it to continue using the “classic” interface.  CTS encourages you try the new look.

While you can opt in and out of the new interfaces right now, it is expected that the new interfaces will become permanent in the December/January timeframe with Docs and Sites going permanent in December, and Calendar and Gmail in early January.  You will actually see the new look in Gmail mid-December as the default look, but will still be able to opt-out of it until January. Once they become permanent, the options to switch to the “classic” interface will no longer be available.

You should also be aware that Google is no longer supporting Firefox 3.6 and below nor IE 7 and below with its applications, especially the new interface for Gmail.  If you are using one of these browsers, please see the article “Google No Longer Supporting Older Firefox and IE Browsers.

For more information about the interface changes in each of the apps, please visit the Google Apps New Look Page.

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Google No Longer Supporting Older Firefox and IE Browsers

Google recently announced it will no longer be supporting versions of Firefox 3.6 and below nor IE 7 or below in use with its applications.  This is especially true of the new Gmail interface scheduled to become the default look with an opt-out setting in mid-December (see “There’s a New Look Coming to a Google App Near You!”)  The new interface will not work in these unsupported browsers and users will be redirected to a basic version of Gmail with limited functionality.CTS has surveyed the number of SUNY Oswego-owned machines running Firefox 3.6 and IE 7.  There are a large number of machines running Firefox 3.6 or less and CTS is making plans to upgrade them.  More details of this will be made available through a campus announcement.

There are only a handful of SUNY Oswego-owned machines running IE 7 or older.  CTS will be handling those upgrades on a case-by-case basis.

If you are using Firefox 3.6 (Mac or PC) or less or IE 7 or less on a personal device and use LakerApps, you should upgrade to a newer version.

To determine your current version for Firefox, go to your Firefox Help menu and choose “About Firefox.”  If it’s higher than 3.6 you do not need to upgrade.  Otherwise, you can upgrade by going to the Firefox website.

To find your IE version, from the Help menu choose “About Internet Explorer.”  If it is higher than 7, you do not need to upgrade.  Otherwise, you can upgrade by going to Microsoft’s Internet Explorer page.

For more information about supported browsers, see Google’s Supported Browsers page.

New Interfaces Coming to LakerApps

As mentioned in the “New Features Available in LakerApps” article, Google continously strives to improve features in each of their applications.  We don’t always know what Google is working on next, but we do know of one change coming soon – new interfaces for the Gmail, Calendar, Docs and Sites apps. Google specifies three primary reasons for making this change.  Focus for streamlining a new look across all the apps and reducing clutter, elasticity for consistent user experience no matter what device you are using – computer, tablet or mobile, and effortlessness for incorporating the latest technologies in their products to quickly bring new features to users.At first the new interface will be an opt-in setting for some of the apps.  This will allow you to preview the new interface before it becomes permanent.  Google has provided us with some preview snapshots and tentative timelines on when we will start seeing the new interfaces in our own LakerApps.

For Gmail, a user opt-in preview will not be available for our SUNY Oswego domain, however we have a snapshot of the new interface below.  Google will permanently release it to our domain in October.

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Users can currently opt-in to the new interface for Calendar.   Just click on the “Try the new look” link in the upper right of the page.  If you want to switch back to the original one, click on the “Use the classic look” link in the same spot, but you will only be able to use the classic look for another month or so.  Google will permanently release it to our domain in October.

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For Docs, user opt-in is scheduled for sometime in August.  We have no permanent release schedule as of this writing.

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The Sites app is scheduled for user opt-in sometime in August.  We have no permanent release schedule as of this writing nor does Google currently have an interface preview snapshot.To keep up on Google’s updates to the interface changes, visit their New Look for Google and Google Apps page.