We’re summarized what’s New November 2016 into 3 main parts;
- Features Launch
- Work Anywhere
- Simple to use
1. Features Launch
The new Google Sites
The new version of Sites generally available to G Suite customers. In addition to the intuitive technology, integration with G Suite apps, and attractive design. The new Sites now includes the ability to track performance with Google Analytics, six new themes, and other helpful features.
The classic version of Sites will continue to exist
The previously existing, classic version of Sites will continue to exist in parallel with the new Sites.The classic Sites and the sites created with it will continue to follow the Sites-specific settings in the Google Admin console at Apps > G Suite > Sites.
- In 2017, Google will provide and recommend options to migrate your sites from the classic Sites to the new Sites.
- Beginning in 2018, Google will send a timeline and instructions regarding the gradual process to shut down the classic Sites. The specific date will be inform at least one year in advance of that shutdown
Turn the new Sites on or off for your organization
To turn OFF the new Sites in your organization, you can do any one of the following:
- In the Admin console, go to Apps > G Suite > Sites > New Sites and select Users at [my domain] cannot create and edit sites.
- Turn off Sites entirely.
- Turn off Drive entirely.
The new Sites respects Drive sharing settings
The new Sites respects the Drive sharing settings in the Admin console (located at Apps > G Suite > Drive). It does not abide by the classic Sites sharing settings (located at Apps > G Suite > Sites). If you allow users to publish Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides files on the web, they’ll also be able to publish sites created in the new Sites on the web.
2. Work Anywhere
2.1 Gmail and Google Calendar get a whole lot better on iOS
The new Gmail app for iOS
With the new app, getting things done on the go is a lot easier — whether you’re trying to find a message your colleague sent you last month, or trying to get through your work inbox on a Monday morning.
Now, you’ll be able to:
- Undo Send, just like you do on the desktop, to prevent embarrassing email mistakes
- Search faster with instant results and spelling suggestions (like when you type “flighht,” but you really meant “flight”)
- Swipe to archive or delete, to quickly clear items out of your inbox
Google Calendar: Updated for you
- Month view and week in landscape view, so you have even more ways to see your schedule at a glance.
- Spotlight Search support, so you can search for events, Reminders and Goals in Apple’s Spotlight Search and find what you’re looking for faster.
- Alternate calendars. If you often look up dates in a non-Gregorian calendar — like Lunar, Islamic, or Hindu — you can now add that calendar to easily see those dates alongside your current calendar.
2.2 Notifications, trash view, and more in the Docs, Sheets, and Slides apps
- Notifications in Docs, Sheets, and Slides – Users who currently see notifications in their Google Drive Android app (for instance, when someone mentions them in a comment or shares a document with them) will now see notifications in their Docs, Sheets, and Slides Android apps as well. These notifications are specific to the app they’re working in and only appear if the user has an updated version of Google Drive installed on their mobile device.
- Resize rows and columns in Sheets – Users will find it easier to resize rows and columns in the Sheets Android app, which now features options to specify the pixel sizes of rows and columns and to fit columns to their data exactly.
- Create and edit data validation in Sheets – Just like they can on the web, users can now create and edit data validation criteria in the Sheets Android app.
- Change the color of sheet tabs in Sheets – Users can now differentiate between sheets in a spreadsheet by changing the color of their tabs in the Sheets Android app.
- Insert GIFs in Docs – Using the Google Keyboard in the Docs Android app, you can now search for and insert GIFs into documents.
- Trash view in the Docs, Sheets, and Slides iOS apps – You can now view and restore previously deleted files in the Docs, Sheets, and Slides iOS apps. Just select “Trash” from the menu on the left side of the screen.
3. Simple to use
3.1 Save time with new custom templates in Docs, Sheets, Slides and Forms
Simply submit files to shared template galleries in the Docs, Sheets, Slides, and Forms home screens for your co-workers to adapt and use as needed. With these customizable templates, your teams can focus less on formatting and more on driving impact and sharing success.
Note that if you disabled template submissions to the old Google Drive templates gallery in the Admin console, users in your organization will not be able to see and use the new galleries when they launch. You can enable the new galleries for your users in the Admin console (Apps > G Suite > Drive and Docs > Templates). You can also configure the categories available for your organization’s templates from that same section in the Admin console.
In addition, G Suite for Business and Education customers can require templates be approved before they appear in the galleries, or prevent end users from submitting new templates altogether. These features are not enabled by default, so you’ll need to update your settings if you want to moderate or restrict template submissions to the galleries.
The old templates gallery will be shut down in early 2017, giving you and your users time to transition to the new galleries. We’ll let you know the exact date with a message in the old gallery, but it will not take place before February 1st, 2017.
3.2 Export presentations in OpenDocument Presentation (ODP) format from Slides
Being able to save Google Slides in the OpenDocument Presentation (.odp) file format has been a popular request from the open-source community and organizations that use open-source office suites, such as LibreOffice and OpenOffice. With this launch, you can now download your Google Slides presentations in the ODP file format.
From a Google Slides presentation, click File > Download as > ODP Document (.odp) to download your presentation as an ODP file. The file will be saved to your default download folder.
You can now import and export all three major OpenDocument file formats: .odt files for documents, .ods for spreadsheets, and .odp for presentations.
Please note that some formatting (e.g. tables and complex shapes) may be lost during file conversion.