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Google announced Tuesday that it’s releasing a preview of its new Google Contacts app, which can be accessed now. If you use Gmail,…
Google announced on Monday that its Sheets spreadsheet application in Google Drive can now fill in missing table values using machine learning. The…
Google has built a linear optimization add-on for its Google Drive spreadsheet application, as well as an associated API for developers. It also…
Google updated two of its Google Apps for iOS on Monday while also adding a third new title. Docs and Sheets get…
Google’s Material Design interface style is trickling into its web applications. Users might have seen the new Drive look roll out over the past week, and Google Alerts also got a nice facelift.
Email security company Zix Corporation just released a new email encryption service called GAME, which stands for Google Apps Message Encryption. The service works by encrypting emails sent to recipients outside of the Google cloud network.
The company, which sells Google Apps-rivalling software to telcos and hosting outfits (and offers it all free to the open source crowd), has unveiled OX Drive and a new communications app based on WebRTC technology.
Employees understand the need to protect corporate data, but they also want IT to keep its nose out of their personal business. Bitglass says it strikes that balance.
Caller ID is getting a big overhaul in Android 4.4 KitKat, and start next year, it will automatically display profile photos of verified Google+ members.
Microsoft is working some impressive new features into Power BI, its Excel add-on for Office 365 that’s focused on making analytics easier. Among the capabilities announced on Wednesday were natural-language search and visualizations, and new and improved maps.
Cloud Sherpas acquires London-based Stoneburn Software Services to bolster its Google and Salesforce.com application integration business.
Yesware, with funding from Google Ventures, gets a Googler aboard as Dave Girouard signs on for board duties.
Google will reveal new communications features for Google Apps for Business users built on Google+ technology, we’ve learned just before Google I/O is set to begin.
Well, embrace is too strong a word, but Microsoft says it’s making it easier for colleagues and friends with different mail accounts to chit chat.
Salesforce.com’s Do is morphing into Do More with easy links to Google Drive, Dropbox, Harvest, Wufoo, Contactually and Desk.com
Dropbox wants you to know it’s serious about winning business users and has beefed up Dropbox for Teams admin capabilities to ease IT concerns.
The Atlanta-based integrator will use its new funding to keep up with what it calls accelerating demand for cloud applications and to keep serving existing Salesforce.com and Google Apps customers.
Google’s Gmail service is down and up and down again, but why does that mean Chrome is getting crashy as well? Google, we really, really want to know!
Updated: Google reportedly earned $1 billion from Google Apps for Business last year. While that pales in comparison to Microsoft Office numbers, it’s still not chump change.
Google Apps for Business users need to be protected from their own downloaded apps, according to Waltham, MA-based CloudLock, which on Monday launched a firewall for just that purpose.
Cloud Sherpas has seen revenue from both its Google Apps and Salesforce.com businesses double in the past year. That seams to indicate that third-party VARs and integrators can make a living off low-cost SaaS applications — and that Google gets that it needs an ecosystem.
Nearly 95 percent of Backupify’s business comes from corporate users and 75 percent of that revenue comes from companies with more than 100 employees. That’s why the cloud backup company is formalizing an enterprise support and service program.
Google says that a company can see energy savings of 65 to 85 percent from moving their internal hosted IT services — from email to documents to spreadsheets — over to Google Apps.
Virtual working is only for professions with digital deliverables, right? Designers, coders and writers may be the first people who come to mind, but if you imagine companies that deal in the physical can’t benefit from going virtual, you haven’t talked to Fred’s Appliance.
New York City-based startup BetterCloud has raised $2 million for its quest to bring better business-oriented management, reporting and other capabilities to Google Apps. The funding comes from BetterCloud CEO David Politis and unnamed angel investors.
David Girouard, who led Google’s push into enterprise applications, is leaving the company for a startup called Upstart.com. An eight-year veteran with the search giant, Girouard led Google’s push to take on Microsoft in desktop applications and email. Girouard posted the news to Google+ Friday.
After a long-running controversy, the Los Angeles Police Department will definitely not move to Google Apps. And that’s final.
The City Council voted to kill the proposed deployment of Google Apps to the LAPD although the city’s other 17,000 employees are still aboard.
Getting enterprise customers excited about Chromebooks can be an uphill battle – but for Google’s Rajen Sheth, it’s a deja vu. Sheth is known as the father of Google apps, and said at Net:Work Thursday that Google’s enterprise product was initially met with similar resistance.
Silk, the browser for Amazon’s new Kindle Fire, utilizes Amazon’s cloud. But don’t think AWS is the Kindle Fire’s only cloud connection. In a post on Tuesday, Pulse’s Greg Bayer explained how his company’s news-reading app actually runs atop Google’s App Engine Platform-as-a-Service offering.
Spanning is a backup service for Google Apps that’s completely hosted and run from Amazon’s web services. The idea of backing up one cloud service via another was intriguing enough that I asked Mike Pav, the VP of engineering at Spanning, how he does it.
If General Motors, a big Microsoft shop, ends up going with Google Apps, it would be a huge validation of Google’s productivity applications in the enterprise. Google Apps targets the Microsoft Office juggernaut, but has had trouble getting traction in big, corporate accounts.
Is cloud computing ready for government work? Not yet, but a new U.S. Government Cloud Computing Technology Roadmap draft sets out action items that government IT gurus say will speed up the adoption of cloud implementations that are safe and secure enough for government use.
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said his company was winning the battle for productivity applications in the cloud, and when it’s winning, it’s taking customers away from Google. And in doing so, he invoked a little bit of Charlie Sheen in showing his enthusiasm about network-based applications.
Cisco said today it was buying a little-known collaboration software company, Versly for an undisclosed amount. Versly makes it easy to collaborate inside Microsoft Office products. This seems like an acq-hire, aka a large company buying small players for their skills.
Google Apps might not have many takers amongst the big boys of business, but the company is finding success with small and rural telecoms and Internet service providers, which, in turn, are offering Google Apps to their customers.
Google just announced it is ending its Labs program in an effort to focus more on its existing products, and a collective gasp went up around the Internet. My first thought was, “Oh my God, what will happen to my multiple inboxes and Auto-advance features?”
GoDropBox is a third-party add-on for Google Apps that adds a public mailbox to your Google Docs account, enabling anyone with the appropriate link to upload files to your account. This is handy for web workers who would like to accept files too big to email.
In a blog post, Google has announced that it will soon discontinue support for older browsers in Google Apps. Beginning Aug. 1, Google Apps will only officially support the current and prior major release of Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer and Safari, on a rolling basis.
One of the problems with conducting so much work communication via email is that a lot of useful information ends up being locked away inside people’s inboxes. GrexIt allows Google Apps users to move specified conversations from their inboxes into a shared, searchable repository.
Keeping an email address book up-to-date is a fairly labor-intensive task. Kwaga’s WriteThat.Name, which works with Gmail and Google Apps, can automatically scan incoming emails for the contact information that’s typically contained in email signatures, and then update the contact database with that information.
Ahead of the Google I/O developer conference this week, Google Apps reseller Cloud Sherpas is announcing some updates to SherpaTools, a companion product for Google Apps. The most significant change is an update to its Delegation features, providing greater control over permissions.
Dave Girouard, president of Google Enterprise, in a conversation earlier this week, outlined Google’s cloud strategy and its long-term plans, and how it is different from other cloud providers including Amazon Web Services. He talks about Google’s two areas of focus – apps and big data.
Microsoft has launched the public beta of Office 365, an online suite of collaboration and office tools aimed at small businesses. It includes access to Office Web Apps, plus access to hosted versions of SharePoint Online, Exchange Online, and Lync Online.
A new report indicates that 8.8 million tablets are now in use at small and medium businesses in the U.S. The majority are surely Apple iPads, given that competing devices are just now appearing. Three new Android features for enterprise from Google could help Android adoption.
Envision this: A few minutes before a scheduled meeting time, you get an SMS that shows photos of the participants, together with data from their LinkedIn profiles, their last few tweets, and links to your most recent emails with them. That’s the idea behind Noteleaf.
The typically rapid release cycles of web apps can be problematic to manage in larger organizations, where complex systems may rely on particular pieces of functionality. To make its products more appealing to larger enterprise customers, Google is introducing a Scheduled Release option to Google Apps,
Email spam is, of course, a continuing problem, even if the total amount has fallen recently. So Google has responded by adding some new spam-fighting tools to Google Apps. Administrators can now enable DomainKeys Identified Mail (DKIM). This technology is intended to prevent “spoofing” of messages.
Some Gmail users are seeing ads below messages. Gmail has long displayed ads in its web interface, to the right of incoming messages. But some are complaining that the new placement makes it more likely that people will click on ads accidentally.
Most email providers have filtering systems that do a pretty good job of catching spam messages. But every so often, there will be a surge of spam messages that get past the filters to pollute our inboxes. Here’s a tip that may help reduce future messages.
The web-based presentation application SlideRocket has enhanced its tools for interactivity and collaboration. Users can now incorporate interactive elements — like real-time Twitter streams, widgets, commenting tools, polls and audio narration — into their presentations, in addition to traditional graphics and text.
The OpenOffice community has staged a coup against project owner Oracle, but to what effect? The Document Foundation promises little more than a tired retread on an outdated office productivity meme. It’s time for the open-source community to ditch OpenOffice and instead embrace the web.
Google today announced that it was adding the option of a two-step verification process to Google Apps, which requires users to log in using a password and a verification code that’s sent to their phone via SMS or generated using a mobile app.
CSC, the company chartered by city of Los Angeles to deploy Google Apps using its trusted cloud service, says over 15,500 city employees have switched over to Google’s web-based offerings. Only four of city’s 40 departments, including the LAPD, have yet to make the switch.
Google Apps is an easy solution for managing email, calendars and documents. It can be rolled out in a matter of minutes and requires little training. But one of the biggest dilemma that Google Apps users face is how to appropriately back up their data.
Memeo today announced the GA launch of it’s Memeo Connect product that fills a glaring hole in Google’s product offering. A number of players, Memeo included, are jumping to provide a document and file syncing tool, built off the back of Google’s infrastructure.
What used to be called, telephony, or even VoIP, has transitioned into UC. This new moniker describes the fact that voice is no longer the only form of enterprise communications — UC acknowledges email, IM, video, collaboration, calendaring and even SMS as critical forms of business communications.
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.
Simon recently wrote about tempalias, one of a growing number of services that lets users create temporary email addresses. If you want to be able to create your own temporary email addresses without having to use such a service, here’s an old trick that I use.
Yesterday, Google announced that Gmail users who use IMAP (instead of POP) can now synchronize notes created and edited on the iPhone with Gmail. Naturally, my first question was what about Google Apps (email@example.com) and Google Sync (Exchange) users? Turns out it is indeed possible.
Web-based communication systems for companies and groups seem to be all the rage these days. Such systems fall into two groups: the ones that are built around projects, tickets and the like, and enterprise microblogging platforms that are more like Twitter and Facebook.
Like a lot of you, I have way too many email and social network accounts. Threadsy, which has now entered public beta, puts them all in one place. I hadn’t tried Threadsy in a while, and was pleasantly surprised at how polished it has become.
Formstack makes it very easy to set up forms, and they can be embedded in existing websites by copying the HTML code that it creates. And with a little more knowledge of HTML, one can do some surprisingly complex manipulation of those forms.
The concept behind Socialwok is a good one: leverage the power of the Google Apps mail, documents, calendar, and instant messaging functions to let companies and organizations create interactive discussion timelines.
Earlier this month Google preannounced a feature that would allow apps to embed themselves directly into email messages called “Gmail Contextual Gadgets.” That previews a future where email is rich, dynamic and integrated with services across the web — AKA an app platform.
WebWorkerDaily has learned that a new service is being added to the Google Apps suite of business tools, which is designed to help entrepreneurs come up with names for their startups.
What’s next for Google Buzz and Google Docs? Google’s VP of product management for Apps (aka everything but search and ads) Bradley Horowitz gave a bit of a roadmap last night, saying the motto he’s given his team is “We build apps for people, not markets.”
I’ve recently been thinking about how Google Voice, Google Wave, and Google Buzz joining the full Google Apps lineup would make it a budget-friendly teleworking platform. Organizations can literally purchase themselves a “telework in a box” solution.
Google Apps is moving closer to being an integrated corporate dashboard with the announcement tonight of Google Apps Marketplace at a developer event at its headquarters. The company will give vendors multiple hooks into its own products and take a 20 percent cut of revenue.
Google Apps (s goog) continues to grow in usefulness over time, especially as you can customize and extend the original platform. You can add…
Every year, dazzled by Google’s massive presence on the web, someone offers a wildly bullish prediction for its stock in the coming year. To which I say: We’ll see. So rather than another set of stock predictions, here’s a to-do list for Google in 2010.
Google Apps is a favorite tool of many web workers, but soon it might be just as well-known to many of our…
One of the reasons that I recently upgraded to Snow Leopard (s aapl) was the new ability to sync the Mac OS…
Recently, we covered the release of the Microsoft Office 2010 Web Apps Technical Preview (s msft). While it was great to get…
I spent the weekend updating my Mac (s aapl) to OS X 10.6.1 Snow Leopard. It went well, thanks to a little…
A new iPhone (s aapl) app called reMail gives iPhone users the email archive search functionality available in applications like Gmail and…
Whether it’s future baseball stars or computer jocks, the conventional wisdom is to catch them while they’re young. And while that’s an…
It took a little over a year, but The day has finally come: Google (s goog) is removing the beta label from…
As web workers, we are often asked to help friends and relatives fix computer problems. For me, the majority of these problems…
Google (s goog) announced today a new Google Apps feature that enables syncing with Microsoft (s msft) Outlook mail, calendar and contacts…
The growth of location-based services (LBS) makers perfect sense, given how much potential they provide to the end user. Having a phone…
[show=youtubesymphony size=large]There is something almost too calculated about the YouTube Symphony Orchestra: a Chinese composer writing music for a Western-style symphony that…
While there were plenty of hot handsets introduced at Mobile World Congress, the HTC Touch Pro2 has to be a “Best of…
The Gmail team at Google (s goog) has been busy lately, haven’t they? Last week, Google introduced the Multiple Inboxes Lab, which…
With no Stevenote at this year’s Macworld, the world not only awaited Apple’s 2009 lineup with bated breath, but also the company’s…
These days, everyone’s looking for another way to cut costs. One relatively painless way is to make the switch to a prepaid cell phone plan. According to 2008 data from the Cellular Telephone Industry Association, of the 262 million cell phone subscribers in the U.S., only 16.9 percent of them are on prepaid plans. Here are five reasons that a prepaid plan might be right for you.
Google has found a way to make money from video sharing — but not on YouTube. The company will add video to…
Update: Google says sorry about the GMail outage. That’s good enough for me. Here is what Todd Jackson, GMail product manager had…
Updated: Quite a few people are experiencing an extended downtime on their Google Apps accounts, according to sporadic reports that have landed…
A few months ago, at the insistence of some of my team members, we switched from Zimbra to Google Apps for our…
Cut through the flurry of announcements out of Microsoft’s Mix conference this week and what emerges is the Redmond giant’s three-pronged defense strategy: consumer, enterprise and developer. Only by understanding the battles the company is fighting does it become clear where it’s is headed. We’ve broken it out for you here.
Microsoft has updated it’s Office Live service, now called Office Live Small Business. Originally launched about two years ago, Office Live offered…
People are looking for a cheap, preferably free, way of getting universal access. Question is who will achieve it first, and who…