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Google Apps: 5 New Features For Businesses

Catch up on the newest Google Apps features, including a premium version of Google+, Hangouts integration with Microsoft Outlook, and new admin controls.

by search engines in the premium version of Google+, whether third-party apps can make use of Google+ APIs, see which users have Google+ profiles, and correct the age of users who entered wrong information when they signed up.

The premium version of Google+ also gives users additional capabilities. All Google+ users in your organization can update their own profile discoverability setting; join video calls by URL or just with the Hangout name; create a Hangouts video call that is private to their domain; and start Hangouts video calls from calendar events with up to 15 people, Google said.

4. Edit Docs, Sheets, and Slides on the go
You can now access your files on the go via standalone apps for Docs, Sheets, and Slides, which Google made available gradually over the past few months. The Drive app will only support viewing and organizing your docs, spreadsheets, and presentations -- you won't be able to edit them there.

After you download the apps, you'll see your most recently edited files first, but you can search for older files, too. The apps also support working offline if you're without an Internet connection. Android users can find the Docs, Sheets, and Slides app in the Google Play store; iOS users can download Docs and Sheets from the App Store; Slides for iOS is not yet available.

5. New image features
You have two new options if you work with images in Google Docs, Slides, and Drawings. One makes it easier to revert to your original image if you applied changes you don't like; the other lets you replace one image with another while keeping the original formatting.

To reset an image, open your document, presentation, or drawing. Select the image, right click it, and choose "reset image" from the dropdown menu. Your image will revert to the original one before you made edits to it.

To replace one image with another, open your file, and select the image you want to replace. Right click and select "replace image" from the dropdown menu. Then use Google's image picker to select your next image.

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Kristin Burnham
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Kristin Burnham,
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7/11/2014 | 3:00:07 PM
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I'm not a fan of unbundling capabilities in mobile apps, but it's a trend: Facebook did it with Messenger and Slingshot, and LinkedIn has done it with its new Connected app and Job Search app.
Kristin Burnham
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7/11/2014 | 2:55:48 PM
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I don't know offhand if there's a specific way to delete something forever, but that's a great question. I'll find out.
Susan Fourtané
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Susan Fourtané,
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7/11/2014 | 7:57:14 AM
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Thomas, 

"Does Drive offer a way to ensure that files are deleted immediately? It's not really deletion if Google retains a copy for 25 days."

It seems like several of us are wondering the same. I would think that Google thought about this and considered that some people mean to delete a file forever when they decide to delete it. 

Maybe there is an option to opt in or out this feature? Kristin, do you know? 

-Susan
Susan Fourtané
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7/11/2014 | 7:46:21 AM
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Daniel, 

"I was using Google Drive on my phone the other day, and I noticed that I could no longer edit a spreadseeht without downloading this Sheets app."

I was also wondering about the need for these apps. I don't see too much point to them. It's strange coming from Google as its products are always characterized by simplicity. 

-Susan 
danielcawrey
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7/10/2014 | 3:09:26 PM
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I was using Google Drive on my phone the other day, and I noticed that I could no longer edit a spreadseeht without downloading this Sheets app. 

I don't necessarily agree that Google needed to produce these extra apps for mobile editing. It's an annoyance to me, and I'm not sure what the point is of extra apps instead of just using Drive for everything. 
David F. Carr
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7/10/2014 | 11:14:05 AM
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I had the same question. I can imagine admins wanting to control who can and cannot delete files permananetly. There are some business scenarios in regulated industries where the norm is supposed to be to retain everything in some archived form.
Thomas Claburn
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7/9/2014 | 4:46:01 PM
Undelete
Does Drive offer a way to ensure that files are deleted immediately? It's not really deletion if Google retains a copy for 25 days.
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