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Google Classroom App Upgraded To v2.0 With New Notification Center, Video Sharing, And Several Teacher-Focused Features

Google Classroom for Android debuted just over a year ago as part of the free suite of software provided by Google for schools. The app, just like its browser-based counterpart, is a centralized place where students can access handouts, assignments, and news from all of their classes. On the instructor side, all of those same elements can be managed in addition to the convenience of teachers having the ability to work with all their classes at once.

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CloudMagic Goes Beyond Email To Manage Your Gmail, Google Apps, And Exchange Calendars

CloudMagic is one of several third-party email clients that can manage many accounts across different providers. Even though the Android Gmail app has had the option to add non-Gmail accounts for a while, CloudMagic remains many users' favorite way of accessing their email. It offers lots of benefits, like creating tasks out of emails (in Wunderlist, Todoist, Trello, Asana, etc...), passcode lock, and easy file attachment from Dropbox, iCloud Drive, and other storage providers.

Now CloudMagic is ready to graduate beyond email. The app has added a Calendar section, accessible from the side menu, that integrates your Gmail, Google Apps, and Exchange calendars.

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Real-Time Mobile Comments Are Now Supported In Google Docs, Sheets, And Slides Across Both Android And iOS

Collaborative features are a big part of the draw to Google's online office suite. Part of this is the ability for multiple people to edit documents from two locations at once. Since this can get hectic really fast, another important part is being able to communicate using comments. Now mobile comments look the same across Android and iOS in Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides. Whichever app you're using, you can communicate in real-time.

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Google Apps Customers Finally Have Gmail Event Data Integrated With Calendar

Living life primarily as a Google Apps customer must be a rough existence. You get to see all the shiny new things regular Gmail users are getting, but when can you have it? Later. Much later. The latest old feature made new again for Apps customers is automatic Gmail event integration with Google Calendar. Yay.

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Google Apps Customers Will Start Getting Google+ Photos In Drive On April 6th, Plus More Details About Functionality

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Google Seeks Curious Apps Admins For Inbox Testing And Long Walks On The Beach, Long-Term Relationship Possible

Google cares deeply about its Apps for Work customers. So much so that it withholds buggy new products and services until they're ready, but now it's looking for a relationship with some very lucky administrators in order to build a new work Inbox together. The trial begins next month, but only very special Apps for Work admins will be a perfect match for Google.

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Google Beats Lawsuit Alleging Anti-Competitive Practices Over Android Default Apps

Google has come out unscathed from a lawsuit in which consumers accused the company of anti-competitive practices. The basic allegation was that Google requires manufacturers to use a Google version of Android and that the way they place their own apps at the forefront has increased prices and prevented potential rivals from emerging. The main issue is the stipulation that Google's search be default in order to preload Play Services on Android devices.

There is probably some merit in the raw outline of the complaint; requiring Google Search to be default in order to access the rest of the Google goodies has probably held down competitors both in the search and mobile software market.

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Inbox By Gmail Will Roll Out To Google Apps Users "Imminently" According To Sundar Pichai

When Google launched Inbox last year, it was offered exclusively to users who received an invite to their personal Gmail account. Google Apps for Business (or Education) users weren't allowed in on the fun, which seemed rather weird but understandable. After all, the new email organization and interaction paradigm was built with productivity in mind, and business users are the ones that would benefit the most from that. However, since this was an entirely new app and system, it was judicious of Google to test it out with a less demanding crowd first.

Sundar Pichai shared on Twitter that this discrimination against Google Apps users is going to be stopped, "imminently." After expanding to both the iPad and several browsers beyond Chrome, Inbox will soon be available to Apps accounts (presumably, also pending the reception of an invite).

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Google Apps Admin Console Starts Rolling Out A New Material Redesign

Most Android users have opted into Google's ecosystem with a personal Gmail account, but some use their own domain and sign up with a Google Apps account. If you're in the latter category, you'll be happy to know that Google's latest design philosophy is trickling down to the admin console of your Google Apps account.

It's Material — pretty, simple, and elegant. It has a sliding navigation menu that overrides the entire screen and a cleaner toolbar with new iconography. And yes, if you must know, there's a FAB. It's not just about looks though, as the change promises to make the most common tasks easier to achieve, like managing multiple users.

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Google Apps Gain Conversion Support For 15 More Microsoft Office File Types

Google's office suite in the cloud can handle a number of Microsoft's Office formats, a necessity born from the sheer entrenchment of the competition. The search giant isn't bitter though. Rather than shun the task of working with the various file types out there, it has added support for converting 15 more. The list includes less common formats spread across Docs, Sheets, and Slides.

Newly supported Microsoft Office formats:

  • Google Docs
    • dot, dotx, dotm, docm
  • Google Sheets
    • xlt, xltx, xltm, xlsm
  • Google Slides
    • pot, potx, potm, pptm, pps, ppsx, ppsm

After converting the documents, you're free to edit them as you would any other.

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