Google Updates 6/20/2013

  • Your 30GB storage quota is now shared across Gmail, Google Drive, and Google+ Photos in your Google Apps for Education account, as explained in this Google Blog post.  To view your current Google quota usage, click here and move your mouse cursor over the pie chart.
  • Google Forms has been updated to a new version.  You can share your form and collaborate with others on the form at the same time, just like you can with Google Documents, Presentations, and Spreadsheets.  Forms can now be tied to either a new Spreadsheet, a new sheet in an existing Spreadsheet, or keep responses only in the form.  For more information, please see Google's documentation about the new Forms.
    • Note: If you want to use the FormEmailer script, save the form to a new Spreadsheet.
Chrome Sync
  • By signing in to Google Chrome Sync, all your browser settings are saved into your Google Apps account and can be retrieved by logging into Chrome on any computer.  Chrome Sync saves your bookmarks, extensions, history, and other Chrome settings to your account instantly.  Chrome Sync also usually allows you to keep your Google Apps account logged in.  More details are available on Google's Chrome Sync website.
    • NOTE: Please use this responsibly and DO NOT login to Chrome Sync on public computers, or other computers where multiple users are using the same logged-in account, such as shared computers, and remember to lock or log off your computer when you leave your desk.
  • A new Gmail inbox option that's coming soon will help keep different types of emails organized and quickly accessible.  It can split up your inbox into up to five tabs: Primary, Social, Promotions, Updates, and Forums.  You can choose just a few or all of these categories.  This feature is being rolled out on Google's servers now and will be available on Google Apps for Education accounts soon.
  • Google Hangouts combines text, photos and live video calls into one easy to use system.  Hangouts are a replacement for Google Chat and Talk that you see in Gmail and on Google+.   Right now you can create Hangouts through your Google+ account, but we are also investigating switching the Chat and Talk in Apps for Education accounts over to Hangouts so you'll be able to start Hangouts right from Gmail.