Google Apps For Business Gets New Features

If you follow me online you know that I am a big fan of Google products. In my opinion, Google very smartly provides products that make businesses work smarter and more efficiently. Just recently, Google rolled out new updates in their business tool suite for Google+ and Hangouts.  Google continues to make the Google Apps for business suite something that provides an easier way to connect and collaborate with co-workers using improved business focused features.

If you aren’t familiar with Google Apps for business, it provides professional email, online storage, shared calendars,  docs, video meetings and other features. Google describes it as “built for business, designed for teams.” Google Apps for business is a cloud-based productivity suite for your business that helps you get work done wherever you are using any device.

One of the newest enhancements allows Google Apps for business users to start Hangout video calls directly from calendar events with up to 15 people. Before this update the limit was 10. This allows you to have a quick meeting, have a conversation where you can simply jump into a Hangout straight from the Calendar or even from an email invitation.

More updates give Google+ improved control options that help keep confidentiality within the organization.

Administrators can now:

-Prevent posts and communities from being shared outside your organization by default.

-Restrict access to Hangouts On Air.

-Set up the default for profile discoverability.

-Control  third-party apps that use Google+ APIs.

-View users in your organization to see which ones have Google+ profiles.

Employees can:

-Override the default-sharing setting for communities and posts.

-Update their profile discoverability

-Choose to join video calls by a specific URL or with the Hangout name using g.co/hangout.

-Create a Hangouts video call that is private to their specific domain. Other guests join in on the video calls, but not without an invite.

These new features will be available to Google Apps customers as soon as they register for the Google Apps for business. Current users will be able to access the features in July.

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