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Google Strikes Record-Breaking NZ/AUS Deal

For at least the next three years, Google will play a significant role in the delivery of New Zealanders’ mail.  The Postal Services Group of New Zealand Post has entered an agreement that’ll have it putting Google Apps in front of 2,100 employees.

This counts as Google’s largest commercial deal yet in New Zealand or Australia.  It’s supposed to save New Zealand Post (which is a state-owned enterprise) in the neighborhood of $2 million over the course of three years.

Gmail Out of Beta After All These Years
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Today is a landmark day for Google. The company has finally announced that Google Apps is no longer in beta. I suspect this is more of a way to increase the adoption of its services, particularly among businesses, than any new accomplishment being met, but it is what it is. No more beta label on Gmail and other products that fall into Google’s cloud offerings category.

Google Apps, Microsoft Live@edu Do Battle
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Here’s a simple fact: no matter what the industry, there are few things quite as nice as a lifelong customer.  Here’s another: while attending college, students often establish patterns that they’ll follow for the rest of their days.  Now, Microsoft and Google seem to be acknowledging both issues as they promote school-oriented software suites.

New Google Apps Feature Breaks Microsoft Outlook

Suppose, for Father’s Day, you got dear old Dad some new power tools, and he then had trouble adjusting to them.  One way of speeding up the acclimation process could involve trashing the old ones, right?  Now, Google Apps Sync for Microsoft Outlook seems to have created a similar situation. 

Google Apps Takes Swipe At Microsoft

Not everyone likes change, and complaints are especially sure to occur when changes are forced upon people.  So a certain Mountain View-based search giant, while still pushing its products as replacements for Redmond’s offerings, is trying to bridge the gap with Google Apps Sync for Microsoft Outlook.

Google Docs Now Supports More File Types
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Google announced today that it has added a couple filetypes to its list of supported ones. The new additions are .xlsx and .docx files.

Recalling his first encounter with Google Docs, Anil Sabharwal on the Google Docs Blog writes:

Google Slows to a Crawl
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Update: Google has addressed the issue on the Official Blog. The company says:

Google Calendar Finally Gets Tasks Features
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A while back, Google launched a Tasks lab for Gmail. Now they have added a new tasks feature for Google Calendar after many requests for one.

There is now a "tasks" link in the upper right-hand corner of the Google Calendar page. Once you click on it, a box will come up on the opposite side of the screen, where you can add tasks in list form. They come with checkboxes so you can check them off as you accomplish them, and a form to enter a due date. The task will then appear on your calendar on the day it is due.

The Google Contacts Without the Gmail
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Google has recently launched a standalone contacts manager, which lets you manage your contacts outside of Gmail. This would be particularly useful for those who don’t use Gmail, but use other Google products that offer sharing capabilities.

If you use Google Docs, Picasa, or Google Calendar for example, you can now update people’s contact information without having to use Gmail. This was not an option before.

Google Scores Big Deal With Virgin Media
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In a roundabout way, the use of Gmail is about to become much more common in the UK.  Virgin Media and Google announced a deal this morning that’ll allow four million home broadband customers to benefit from the service’s perks while using either new or existing email addresses. 

Create and Insert Drawings in Your Google Documents
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Google Docs has started including a new feature – the ability to insert drawings into documents, spreadsheets, and presentations. To use this feature, simply go to the Insert menu and click Drawing.

Personalization & Sercurity for Google Sites Gadgets
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Google has announced three new feaures in Google Sites for making gadgets more useful for Google Apps Premier Edition cusotomers. These are:

1. Start Page Template
2. Private Gadgets
3. End-to-End Security

With the Start Page template, site owners can allow individual users to personalize specific areas of the site, presumably similar to what users can do with iGoogle.

Reasons to Use Google Video for Businesses
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Google Video for Business has got a couple of new features. They are captions and larger uploads.

Captions can obviously open up communication on a whole new level with subtitles alone. This makes videos more accessible to those who cannot hear well and those who speak other languages. As far as uploading, users with Google Gears can upload videos of up to 1 GB. Before it was only 300 MB.

Google Docs Privacy Glitch Accidentally Shares Documents
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Google DocsOn Friday Google contacted some Google Docs users to alert them of a privacy issue. Less than 0.05% of user docs were accidentally shared with people with whom they were not supposed to be. 

Google Introduces Apps Status Dashboard

As you’ve probably read by now (if not experienced firsthand), there was an outage for Gmail the other night. This ended up impacting a lot of businesses, and was not exactly the greatest demonstration of Google’s 99.9% uptime guarantee. I guess there’s always that other 0.1%.

Google Makes Mobile Spreadsheets More Accessible
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Today Google announced an improvement to the mobile version of Google Docs. That is list view for spreadsheets, which allows you to view, edit, sort, and filter your spreadsheets from your mobile device.

Previously, you could only view your spreadsheets on mobile devices. Now, they basically have full functionality.

Google Drives Affiliate Network Users to Google Accounts
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Users of the Google Affiliate Network can now access the network through a regular Google account. This means uses will be able to access Google’s other products like AdWords, AdSense, Gmail, Google Docs, Google Calendar, etc. with the same log-in.

Google Starts Apps Reseller Program
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Google Apps Reseller ProgramGoogle has started a program in which resellers can begin selling Google Apps to businesses. Naturally, you would sell the apps to customers, and then kick up money to Google.

Education Through the Cloud with Google
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Google Apps for Education has had a big year, further emphasizing Google’s push for cloud computing. A push that has included a recent guarantee of 99.9% uptime on certain Google Apps. Cloud computing with Google Apps has often been discussed in the business context, and it is clearly quite relevant to the education field as well.

Google Docs Offers Form Templates
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If you use Google Docs, you might be pleased to know that Google is now offering templates for forms. And to start off they’ve got 13 different ones to choose from.

If you are not familiar with templates in Google Docs, to utilize them, you go to New and select from template from the pull-down menu.

Google Expands Another API

As mentioned previously, Google is spending a lot of time "in the clouds" so to sepak. They’ve been emphasizing cloud computing a lot lately, even going so far as to make a 99.9% guarantee with regarding to up-time for Google Apps.