Several administrative APIs are now available to all Google Apps editions. The APIs, including the Admin Audit API, Admin Settings API, SAML Single-Sign On, and the Reporting API, allow you to make bulk changes to users and settings on your domain, and download detailed information and statistics, revealed Google.
Google says certain APIs, including the Calendar Resource API, Shared Contacts API, Email Settings API, and Email Audit API, are still limited to Google Apps for Business and Education editions.
Here is how to access what's new:
- Get started with Google Apps APIs at Google Code site
- Experience the API authentication flow and try sample calls at the OAuth 2.0 Playground
- Learn how the SSO authentication flow integrates with Apps
- Engage with our developer community to learn more, assist others, and get help
Adding "When accessing the APIs from a script, you can combine operations to perform actions in bulk. For example, you could retrieve a list of all users, and then add a new email alias for each one. You might also process a list of new accounts from a local file and use your script to create each user in Apps. We offer several client libraries so that you can easily use the APIs with your favorite programming language," google explains.
Examples of administrative API actions now available to all Google Apps editions (Google Apps for Business, Government and Education) include:
- Create, rename, suspend, or delete users
- Retrieve a list of all users
- Move users between suborganizations
- Get details about usage statistics and storage quota
- Add and remove users from Groups
Also, the new look Google Docs, Docslist, Spreadsheets and Sites is now available to all Google Apps for Business, Government and Education.
Major changes to Documents List include:
- The Upload button is now an icon rather than a text button. It shows an up-arrow coming out of a hard drive.
- To access the Narrow by options, click the down arrow in the search box at the top of your window.
- To create a doc from a template, click the Create button, and select From template....
Major changes to Docs, Spreadsheets, and Sites include:
- Click the Share button to share your item with other people or modify the sharing settings. Options such as Publish to a web page and Email collaborators have moved to the File menu.
- The Share button will now show the visibility state of your doc when you mouse over it.
- Since Google Docs continuously saves your work, the Save button has been removed. The last updated time now shows near the menu bar.
- There's now a button that lets you navigate back to your Documents List, in place of the Google Docs logo. Mouse over the doc name, and click the left arrow icon to get back to your Documents List.
In other Google news, the homepage of Google News now uses a special search box, that shows a list of suggestions and doesn't use Google Instant, even if this feature is available for the Google News results pages.
The last suggestion lets you search the web and you can use the up arrow key to select it or just press Shift+Enter. A similar feature is available in Gmail, but you can't use the Shift+Enter shortcut.
Also, Google has updated the interface of its Bookmarks service to match other Google services inpired by Google+.
Google Bookmarks however, only integrates with Google Web History and Google Toolbar for Internet Explorer. The integration with Google search has been removed, now that Google focuses on Google+, and the Android ICS browser uses the bookmark sync service from Chrome.