Google Apps Vs Google Accounts Parity Coming

Good news for Google Apps users who want access to the same products regular Google Accounts have: An anonymous tipster tells me a Google Trusted Tester program is underway that "transitions" Google Apps accounts to full access to all GOOG products, including Voice, Reader, Analytics and more.

Here's the official Help page which includes a visualisation of the transition, in the screenshot here. (Here's a PDF, in case they pull access to the link.)

On this week's episode of TWiG, Leo, Jeff, and I were hoping aloud that there would be some way to merge existing Google/Apps accounts into one. It doesn't look like that will be possible. However, if you have a Google account that "conflicts" with your Apps account because you've assigned the same email address to both, GOOG will resolve the conflict by adding a +personal to your regular account's sign-in address. Stay with me here.

Here's what that means. If you have a Google account for [email protected] as well as a Google Apps account for [email protected], after the transition you'll still be able to sign into your Google account using [email protected] It's a bit confusing, and a little more work than the one-click account merge we'd hoped for. However, thanks in large part to Google's internal Data Liberation Front, many of Google's tools offer data export features. So, while it'll take some time, it shouldn't be difficult to export your data from your Google account and import it into your Google Apps account after this transition is done.


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