Google Apps is ending support for some older Microsoft software that it still widely used and may affect NCCUMC users. Described below are the two potential issues and their resolutions.
In an effort to avoid anyone being inconvenienced by Google’s upcoming end of support for MS Office 2003-97 formats .xls for Excel spreadsheets, .doc for Word documents, and .ppt for PowerPoint presentations in their Google Apps product Oct. 1, I recommend downloading and installing the free compatibility pack for versions of Office older than 2007. The compatibility pack will allow these older versions of Office to work with the new .xlsx, .docx, and .pptx formats.
Google has a policy of only supporting the latest and next to latest versions of the major web browsers. This will impact NCCUMC Google Apps users using Internet Explorer (IE) on the Windows XP operating system in Nov. Google will end support for IE 8 after the introduction of IE 10 on Nov. 15, this will be an issue because IE 8 is the latest version available for Windows XP. My recommendation for this issue is to install Google Chrome which updates itself automatically or Mozilla Firefox.