Google technologies which use cloud computing (such as Gmail, Google Docs, and Google Cloud Storage etc.) provide easy to use products and services for business and personal settings. Google provides these services by its own experience gained from its own business therefore, Google has ways of creating platform for offerings cloud products with security. Google’s security strategy provides controls at multiple levels of data storage, transfer and access.
While the ‘cloud’ might be a new word, the idea has been around for many years. The difference is that it has managed to make it into mainstream and it has become not only more user friendly, but also more versatile.
Google Apps are providing some interesting conversations around the water cooler, particularly in the area of what Apps Admin can see when they go into your account. Asking any employee of your business to completely trust a stranger with confidential data is a greater leap of faith than most professionals are eager to take.
Google Classroom was recently introduced, and in August, it was made available to all Google Apps for teachers and educators. Designed to allow teachers go paperless, Classroom not only reduces paper use, but makes life easier for teachers as well. Instead of spending so much time dealing with creating papers, keeping track of papers and grading papers, Classroom allows teachers to save time on paperwork so they spend more time ensuring students get a great education.
In the last three years Google’s suite of document products has grown to become a compelling alternative to traditional office productivity solutions. Google apps offer the ability to collaborate, work anywhere, and create professional documents that are compatible with the market leading productivity suites.
At the end of July, Google announced some of the latest in their line of updates for Google Apps users. The update focuses on Google Calendar integration for the popular Google hangouts service. Hangouts is a real time collaborative voice and video conferencing service that enables business users to stay connected to their colleagues and clients, no matter where they are in the world.
Less than half of the world uses the basic Latin alphabet in their native languages. So it’s somewhat surprising that most of the world only has the ability to use basic characters in their email addresses and domain names. Part of the blame lies on ISP’s, some on the largest email providers, and another aspect of it results from the way that the internet has evolved. Google has taken positive steps in the past month to implement international address functionality to the Gmail product line, and will be introducing the feature in to Google Calendar in the coming months.
Google Sites, included with Google Apps for Business, allows users to create simple, yet powerful websites for use as intranets, public facing websites or project workspaces. With Google Sites you can easily embed Google Docs, spreadsheets, forms, youtube videos and more. Business use cases are endless.
MS Outlook has its advantages and there may be reasons you need to run Outlook side-by-side to the Gmail web client. Some customers have plug-ins that work only with Outlook and as a 20 year Microsoft Outlook User myself I can attest to its many advantages. Here's a best practice on folder setup for Outlook-Gmail interoperability.