Because of new EU anti-trust laws, Google is legally obligated to show its users apps and browsers from its competitors. While these laws are in effect, Google doesn’t have to fill you in on similar products that may be available from other companies. Don’t worry, though — we went ahead and found that information ourselves.
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Google Docs, Sheets and Slides have been given a significant update with collaboration features the centrepiece of the update. The updates include improved versioning tools, the ability to quickly preview a clean version of a document, accepting or rejecting all edits in one go, and an option where Google can suggest document changes.
Android: When you install a custom ROM on your phone, it probably doesn't come with Google's suite of apps. OpenGApps helps make it easier to get all the apps you need quickly.
Good news for Google Apps for Business users: Google's well-regarded Hangouts video chat service no longer requires you to have a Google+ profile, making it a more viable option for business users.
Google Hangouts are very handy for video chat, but much of the development has been aimed at individual users. One recent enhancement is much more firmly centred on corporate use: you can now look up names from the Global Address List to start a hangout.
Google+ is the red-headed stepchild of social networking, but like any good parent, Google keeps plugging away. Along with the upgrades to the Google+ Android client we reported on earlier, Google has also opened up the Google+ API, which enables integration of Google+ with Google Apps environments and with other third-party apps.
Following on from its recent web interface revamp, Google has launched an Android app for managing Google Apps accounts. Handy if you're managing a large Apps installation.
Moving data from one Google Apps account to another usually requires manual migration, which can be a time-consuming process. Some data can't even be migrated. Backupify's new Migrator tool solves the problem by automating the entire process.
There's no longer a free option; if you want to use Google Apps for Business, you have to pay for it. Under those circumstances, it seems only reasonable that Google has improved its support options by redesigning its support site.
Google rolled out its Vault secure email archiving service back in May, but at that time only new and very recent sign-ups to Google Apps could access the service. Now the Vault has been opened up and is available to all existing Google Apps customers.
Even though Google is no longer officially offering free Google Apps for Business accounts, there is still a way to sign up for Google Apps and get it linked to your own domain. Just sign up for Google App Engine and add your domain to that account. You'll get Google Apps along with it for free.