The new look for Google Apps is coming soon! We urge you to start preparing your users for the upcoming changes now, so they'll have a better experience when the new look becomes permanent. Here are the three steps to take now:
Start using the new look yourself We strongly suggest you to start using the new look yourself now—especially for Gmail. That way, you'll be better prepared to help your users as they make the transition.
Tell your users about the new look Make sure you users know that changes to Google Apps are coming soon, and tell them how they can try out the new look for Gmail, Calendar, Docs, and Sites. To make this step easy, we've prepared an email template that you can customize and send to your users.
Train your users on the new look Give your users all the information they need to make a smooth transition to the new look. Again, we've made this step easy! Just visit our Google Apps Learning Center, where you'll find ready-to-use guides, presentations, and videos on the new look for Gmail, Calendar, Docs, and Sites. Or, use our customizable versions of the guides and presentations: Find them by clicking Help for users for each service under Get the latest updates and resources above.
New look FAQ
Will Google Apps users be switched over right away?
No, we'll roll out updates on an ongoing basis, releasing them initially to consumers, with some services offering an opt-in/opt-out option for Google Apps users. We'll then phase changes for Google Apps users through the Google App Release Track process.
When will the new look be made available to Google Apps users?
The rollout will follow the Google Apps Release Track process. This means that administrators can choose the Rapid Release track to receive the new look at the roughly same time as consumers. Or they can choose the Scheduled Release track to receive changes later and take more time to prepare for the transition.
Administrators who choose the Scheduled Release track will have more time after the Rapid Release date before changes become available to their users (instead of the usual one-week lag between Rapid and Scheduled releases).
How can I keep up to date on the changes?
We will continually update this site (whatsnew.googleapps.com) with the latest information and resources as the new look is introduced to services in Google Apps. Some services will offer an opt-in/opt-option so you can see the latest interfaces, and we'll include instructions as soon as the options available. We also suggest signing up for the Google Apps Updates feed to receive information about the new look schedule and other Apps feature releases in your inbox.
What resources are available to get up to speed with the new look?
We understand that users may want some guidance on what's new. In addition to instructions on how to opt-in/opt-out for some services, we'll provide videos, template slide decks, and tip guides to help you introduce the new look to your users.
How can I give feedback on the new look?
We welcome your input and comments on the design changes and updates. We'll publish a feedback form on this page and in the Google Apps Help Centers as soon the new look begins to roll out.
Can I choose to opt-out of the new look?
With some services, Google Apps users can opt-out of the new look temporarily. But eventually, the changes will be released to everyone permanently.