Tag: Google Apps


Should Google Adapt Unlimited Storage?

Today every single Gmail account gets a standard inbox capacity just under seven and a half gigabytes. But although a far jump from what the service offered only a matter of years ago, Gmail’s capacity is no longer an outstanding feature for the service. Other free email providers like Microsoft’s Windows Live Hotmail, Yahoo! Mail, and even America Online have all implemented “unlimited” storage for some time now.

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Google Apps Conforms to Flexible Pricing Structure

If you follow the technology and business news at any degree, I believe that it goes without saying that it’s a rarity (at best) to witness a “trend-setting” company like Google blatantly and openly mimic the actions of a competing company; although I’m sure there are a few iPhone users who got a chuckle at that statement.  But regardless, one cannot deny that Google’s business practices are usually seen as new and often unorthodox in a practice that often-times leaves Google one step in front of their competition.  One great service that Google has been mildly successful with is previously reviewed Google Apps, a service that allows Internet domain owners to quickly and easily set up managed and branded Google services for their organizations.  And while Google was indeed one of the first companies to bring third-party email and cloud hosting into the mainstream, the company has recently been subjected to stiff competition from a surprising source.

You see, Redmond-based Microsoft recently released a public beta of a new small-business targeted collaboration and communication system dubbed “Office 365”.  When looking at the service last week, I quickly came to the conclusion that Microsoft was definitely heading in the right direction with their new service which gives smaller businesses and organizations cost-effective access to the same services (Exchange, Sharepoint) that are typically only seen in larger businesses, leaving Google with a bit of catching up to do.

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Use a “Mobile” Email Account to Increase Productivity and Security

For many of us – regardless of what industry we are in – email is a major component of our day-to-day lives.  In fact, many people see email as something important enough to take with them on the go via means of their smartphones.  The ability to keep in touch with family, colleagues regardless of location definitely has its benefits.  However, as beneficial as it can be to have access to one’s email whilst on the go, the concept of having all of our most sensitive and personal information on a handheld computer is definitely a scary one.  That mobile device of yours is a prime target for thieves, and is just waiting to be stolen.  But in many cases the sensitivity of the information on a mobile computer far surpasses the value of the device itself.  By eliminating the amount of personal information that is stored and accessible on your device, you can increase your sense of security dramatically.

Creating an entirely separate email account for your mobile device is simple enough.  Some carriers offer an email service with a data/smartphone plan, but creating a third-party email account is far from a challenge.  Services like Gmail (and Google Apps) are great in the sense that they provide IMAP and POP support, ensuring that your email account will be compatible with any device you have – be it in the present or future.

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Google Apps Priority Inbox Review

As anyone who follows my articles knows, Google Apps is one of my favorite Google products.  The other day, I logged into my webmail for my personal domain (hosted on Google Apps), and was pleasantly surprised to see a new feature; the Priority Inbox.  While simple enough in concept, the “priority inbox” seems like a pretty promising addition to Gooogle Apps.

As you can probably guess, the priority inbox creates a secondary inbox within the Google Apps webmail interface.  And, based on your reading trends, the Priority Inbox will automatically sort through your email and try to determine which messages are of priority, and thus what is pressing for your attention.  I’ll be the first to admit that the sorting was far from accurate for the first couple of days, but as time has progressed, Priority Inbox has become strikingly accurate in determining which of my incoming emails are of high importance.

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Google Launches Google Apps Version Tailored for Government

I love Google Apps. All of my personal domains use Google Apps for email, calendar, and documents, and I highly recommend the product to anyone setting up email and collaboration services for a domain.

I know I’m not alone in my love for Google Apps; thousands of businesses, organizations, and individuals use Google Apps for their domains. And today, after receiving government certification to ensure that their infrastructure was secure enough to handle sensitive information, Google may have another client: the United States government. You see, the Google Apps system that I and many other users enjoy, may soon be the collaboration system that some government agencies choose to use as apposed to hosting, managing, and deploying their own in-house collaboration and email services.

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Finally! Gmail Improves Email Signatures

Do you use Gmail as a universal email inbox? Or do simply want a nicely formatted email signature? Well, after a lot of waiting, Google has finally made improvements to the signature feature of their web-based email client. These improvements are somewhat basic, but their subtle introduction to Gmail has made the service that much more amazing.

When you access your signature settings from the “General” tab of the “Settings” window, you will probably notice that instead of the plain text box that you used to see when editing your default signature, you see will now see a rich text box. This box now allows you to format your signature to your liking with bold, italic, and underline settings, as well as the options to set font size and insert images and hyperlinks. This is great if you want to include a logo or a hyperlink to your website as part of your email signature.

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