Google announced today that it is retiring the old Google Groups interface, and is making the new one available to everyone. The company has been busy updating the product over the past year, and now all users can experience the fruits of the company’s labor.
“One of the recently improved features is the ability to create an inbox that allows you to collaboratively share, distribute and track responsibilities with others,” says Google Groups product manager Ryan Falor. “Imagine you and a few co-workers are organizing an event for your global team and want a single email address to coordinate with vendors, attendees, and speakers. Members of the group can work together to manage email, assign items to each other, and mark items resolved. This can be a great feature for teams seeking a really simple way to get things done without sharing passwords or losing track.”
“Additionally, there are several new moderation tools to make managing your forum easier and faster,” adds Falor. “For example, you can now use canned responses in forums and use streamlined options to make moderating forum posts easier. And if you are on the go, you can browse and moderate your groups with our mobile website.”
In a help center article, Google provides how tos for managing groups, participating in groups, and creating groups, as well as policies on abuse and terms of service.
Google Groups has been around for many years, and is not a product that Google makes announcements about very often. Users will no doubt be happy to see that Google still cares about the product, considering the coming shut-down of Google Reader, another popular product that Google rarely added features to.