Thursday, January 23, 2014

New sign-in page for Google Apps services

January 2014: Google is replacing its various Google Apps sign-in pages with a single, new Google Apps sign-in page. Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Drive, and all other Google Apps services will now have an identical sign-in experience. When users attempt to sign in to a Google Apps service, Google will redirect them to the new sign-in page, regardless of which Google Apps service sign-in page URL they enter.
In addition to providing a streamlined and cohesive sign-in experience for all users, the new sign-in page has a menu that makes it easy to switch between Google accounts. It also has advanced bot detection and improved account hijacking protection.

Important:
  • The new sign-in page requires users to sign in with their full email address (example: [email protected]). (The old sign-in pages only required users to enter their username, but that convenience was offset by the complex URLs users needed to access those sign-in pages.)
  • The Stay signed in checkbox is selected by default. Users who want to sign out of Google Apps automatically when they close their browser should deselect this checkbox. Users who leave this checkbox selected when they sign in will remain signed in for two weeks or until they click the Sign out button that appears when they click their photo in the upper right corner.