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5 Employees sharing one Gmail Account. Sound Familiar?

I like Yeti Coolers even more now that I've seen this Gone Google story.   Does your small business currently share a gmail address?  What's holding your business back from fully Going Google? A bear resistant cooler?

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Google Forms and Spreadsheets: Fun Times with Data Collection

Enjoying great weather in Austin this morning while working on web forms outside for our small business websites.   Forms in Google Apps are certainly functional and easy for data collection but have not adopted the "new look" that provides such a modern and useful design in Drive, Gmail and Search.
Google Forms and Spreadsheets—Fun Times with Data Collection! | ASHAsphere:

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At Interior Department, Google Apps Will Co-exist With Outlook, Office -- for Now | PCWorld Business Center

A common Google Apps Myth is that users need to quit Outlook cold turkey.  Not True!  Gmail and Google apps play very nicely with Microsoft Office.  MS Office gets collaborative features with Google Cloud Connect and users can access email through the familiar Outlook app or Google's gmail website.  At Interior Department, Google Apps Will Co-exist With Outlook, Office -- for Now | PCWorld Business Center:

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Google Docs gets fresh new features.

Google is constantly improving Docs and Google Apps.  The incremental changes often go unnoticed since you just refresh the browser to get the updates.   Last month the big news included Google Drive, an expanded cloud storage service.  Google Docs users also got hundreds of new fonts, templates and other features.  April in Review: New fonts galore and other fresh features:

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Google Introducing Automatic Translation in Gmail to All Users | PCWorld Business Center

Automatic translation in Gmail for business and Google Apps is a powerful feature for communicating on a global level and expanding business.  What's your experience in using translation in Google Docs or Gmail? Does it work well?

Users can choose to have messages in a language automatically translated in their language by selecting "Always Translate", or they can click for translation using a translate message option. They can also turn off translation for a language.

Google Introducing Automatic Translation in Gmail to All Users | PCWorld Business Center:

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U.S. Department of the Interior ends up going Google for hosted e-mail | ZDNet

"After a couple of years wrangling in and out of court, the Department of the Interior has decided to go with Google, not Microsoft, for a multi-year, multimillion-dollar hosted e-mail contract."  U.S. Department of the Interior ends up going Google for hosted e-mail | ZDNet:

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Tim Berners-Lee: Tell Facebook, Google you want your data back

Tim Berners-Lee, the father of the World Wide Web, says Internet users should demand all of their inaccessible data from Facebook, Google, and every other major Web site.

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Intuit to acquire Demandforce for $424m; SaaS for SMBs | ZDNet

Intuit, the firm behind TurboTax and Mint.com, will purchase San Francisco SaaS neighbor Demandforce for $425.5 million in cash. The target: small- and medium-sized businesses. Intuit to acquire Demandforce for $424m; SaaS for SMBs | ZDNet

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How I learned to say, 'Hi, Google Docs; bye, MS Word'

It's been over 6 months since I last worked solo in a Word Doc.  The real superiority of Google Docs "on the cloud" is the powerful collaboration and integration that Google Apps provides. The cost of ownership savings is significant.

How I learned to say, 'Hi, Google Docs; bye, MS Word' | Internet & Media - CNET News: "It's not often you'll hear this refrain, but this is one user who sleeps quite soundly about deciding to hitch his wagon to a decidedly inferior technology product."

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