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Summary:

It’s always been disappointing that Google Apps accounts (those with custom domains) haven’t had access to as many services as accounts with addresses @gmail.com. That is now changing. Selected Google Apps are now being given the opportunity to transition their users to “enhanced” Google Apps accounts.

It’s always been disappointing that Google Apps accounts (those with custom domains) haven’t had access to as many services as accounts with addresses @gmail.com. That is now changing.

As was reported a few weeks ago, selected Google Apps are now being given the opportunity to transition their users to “enhanced” Google Apps accounts. Such enhanced accounts include:

  • Access to services, like Google Reader, that haven’t been available in Apps accounts previously. While Google says that many services will now be available, some, like iGoogle, Google Voice and Google Wave, are not yet integrated into the new accounts.
  • A “single sign-on” function that allows users to access Gmail, Calendar, Docs, iGoogle, Sites, Talk, Groups, Contacts, and Knowledge Search with the same user name and password information. It’s also possible to log in to these services at locations like http://mail.google.com with your full Google Apps email address.
  • The ability for domain administrators to select which services their users may access.

Google has set up a system for managing personal Google accounts that were set up using the same email address as organization-managed Google Apps accounts. Such “conflicting accounts” can be resolved in a couple of different ways.

There is an extensive help menu that explains how the whole process works, although I found the step-by-step instructions fairly clear. I did get a couple of “invalid page request” errors during setup of the transition, though, so it appears that Google is still working out some bugs.

Domain administrators have the option to transition all users immediately, or to select up to 10 “early adopters” that get access to the new services now. Once the testing is complete, administrators can transition everyone, or roll back the updates temporarily, although Google says that the updates will be universal by September 30.

As is usual with Google, these changes are being implemented gradually. As of this writing, I’ve found expanded access for only one of the many domains that I administer.

Do you have access to the enhanced Google Apps accounts yet?

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  1. Hopefully they will update google apps video, the encoding quality is horrible.

    1. Completely agree. This makes it almost useless.

  2. No, I haven’t. I signed the agreements in late May and still haven’t got the “full google account”. I am the administrator and the only user of my domain.

    1. Charles Hamilton Alan Wednesday, July 21, 2010

      Here’s how to tell when enhanced accounts are available in your domain. Log in as an administrator (which you are), then go to “Manage this domain.” You’ll see a notice in a yellow box at the top of the Dashboard screen.

      As is often true with Google, they appear to be rolling out the new services slowly, but the transition is supposed to be completed by September 30.

      1. Thank you for the info. I think I have to wait patiently.

  3. Google Reader would be helpful! The conflicting accounts is interesting too but I still need the ‘merge’ accounts to help with some of the headaches.

  4. The Google Bee Wednesday, July 21, 2010

    Charles, you got real late with this piece of news….

  5. Samuel Lavoie Friday, July 23, 2010

    Don’t have access yet, looking for a more integrated business and personal Google account soon. Adwords, Analytics and Gmail need better login integration!

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