Google Apps Gets Admin Reports, New Sites Features

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Google announced (separately) a handful of noteworthy updates to Google Apps.

First off, the company introduced a new Reports section to the Admin console aimed at making it easier for admins to manage Google Apps and gain insights.

The feature includes a Highlights Page, which gives an overview of all the activity across your domain. It shows how many Hangouts, Docs, Sheets, and Slides your business has created as well as who is close to reaching their Drive and Gmail storage quota and how many files have been shared outside the company.

There's also an Apps Usage page, which shows data on how users are working with Gmail, Drive, storage, and other apps. This is customizable.

Filters let admins find who owns specific files, people with high amounts of uploads and shares, and things like all the people who have between 1,000 and 2,000 documents.

There's also a Security page and a Login audit.

The other announcements are related to Google Sites. Google launched new features to improve integration between Sites and other products.

"When sharing on social media sites, Google Sites now will showcase images in posts," the Google Apps team said in an update feed. "You’ll see this change when you share Sites links on Google+ and other sites. Google Analytics support on Sites has been improved to support Universal analytics. Finally, Sites can now embed Google Maps Engine Lite, so custom maps you have created can be shared side-by-side with your content."

"Several accessibility improvements have been made to Google Sites, ranging from new keyboard shortcuts for editors (like Alt+Shift+F for opening the editor toolbar) to better viewing experiences for readers," it said in another. "Editors can now also set image width to 100% of the screen width and easily customize the font, color, and size of lower-level headers (H2, H3, and H4 tags)."

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