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Google mandates longer Apps passwords

Strong, carefully-crafted passwords are imperative nowadays. Google seems to agree, and the company has announced that it is now requiring all Apps for Domains passwords to be a minimum of 8 characters -- two more than the previous limit. How much difference can two measly characters make? Plenty. A quick test with a few different combinations over at How Secure is My Password bumped the...

Google Apps customers can now purchase additional storage on the cheap

A while back, Google started offering inexpensive storage upgrades for Google Docs storage. Now, users with a domain set up on Google Apps can purchase additional storage, too. The change means you can boost your disk space to 20GB for a paltry $5 per year, or a whopping 1TB for $256 per year (which works out to about $22 per month). That's a very reasonable price for additional cloud storage,...

Gmail Contacts for Google Apps get business specific enhancements

Google's working hard to make their cloud-based Google Apps platform a viable alternative to the traditionally Microsoft Exchange-dominated corporate PIM space. The latest round of improvements focus in on Gmail Contacts for Google Apps, by rolling out the changes Big G made last year for regular Gmail users, plus some business specific changes. For starters, when you add new contact...

Cisco kills off Web-based email service

Cisco has conceded defeat in the Web-based email game. The enterprise powerhouse just couldn't make a dent against players like Microsoft and Google, and announced today that it would shut down its WebEx hosted webmail product. WebEx debuted a couple years ago and was built upon software from PostPath, which Cisco acquired in 2008 for $215 million. At $5 per user per month, Cisco provided...

Google Apps Marketplace adds Education section to entice schools

With Microsoft busily pitching Live@Edu to learning institutions, Google continues to do what it can to make Google Apps an attractive alternative. Yesterday, the company announced the addition of a new Education category to the Google Apps Marketplace, which is designed to "make it easier for schools to have more web apps at their fingertips." Right now, the category includes around two dozen...

Google pushes for 99.99% uptime for Google Apps, removes downtime from SLA

Google has announced a couple of changes in its service level agreement (SLA) for Google Apps, and they're both to the benefit of Apps users. First of all, Google has decided to outright remove the clause that allowed for scheduled downtime. Google stresses that it's the first major cloud services provider to do so. Google has also chosen to amend the SLA so that even downtime that's shorter...

Regular Gmail users now able to delegate account access

One of the nicer Gmail options available to Google Apps users has been the ability to delegate account access to other people. Quite a handy feature for big and small companies alike, but it's something that plenty of average Gmail users could put to good use as well. Fortunately, Google has just announced that regular Gmail users may now do the same, without having to set up an Apps account. Up...

Message Continuity quietly replicates Exchange data to Google Apps

Are you administering an Exchange server at work? Constantly fretting over the possibility of unplanned downtime leading to a user revolt? Google's offering a new tool which could save your bacon. It's called Message Continuity, and it provides you with a Gmail fallback option should you experience an Exchange outage. Message Continuity replicates your Echange users' mail, calendar entries, and...

Google Cloud Picker centralizes access to all your Google uploads

Accessing all the files you've uploaded to various Google services is a bit of a pain at the moment. Wouldn't it be nice if the Big G provided some sort of tool that provided simple, centralized access to everything from your YouTube videos to Picasa Web images? Google thinks so, and that's precisely what Cloud Picker will do once you've got access to it. The image above was shared by a...

Google Apps accounts finally get full range of Google services

As a long-time Google Apps user, I was overjoyed when I could finally start using Google Reader with my Apps account a few months ago. And now, Google has announced that all Google services are to become available for Google Apps users over the coming months. After the jump you can watch a beautiful video explaining the change, but in a nutshell, you will now be able to access over 60 Google...

Google Groups will phase out customized welcome messages, pages and files

Google Groups owners have received an email from Google today that details some changes that are going to happen in a few months. And sadly there are no feature additions -- they're all things that Groups will be phasing out. So, starting in January 2011 you will no longer be able to create or edit customized welcome messages, pages or files. Such content already on your groups will become...

Google Apps for Education: over 10 million users in just 4 years

Google Apps for Education has now been helping colleges and universities everywhere begin migrating their students and faculty to the cloud for four years. Just how many students and faculties, you ask? Over 10 million, according to Google's celebratory blog post. Even more impressive is the fact that Google has added more than two million new users since this May. A 25% increase in about five...

Switched over to Google Apps? Star in the next 'Go Google' ad campaign

Last year, big G launched its 'Go Google' ad campaign promoting its Google Apps service to both individuals and businesses. Using a community map, tweets, and photos, people around the world shared their Google Apps stories (sounds riveting). Over the year, the Google Apps user base has grown from two to three million businesses, servicing more than 30 million users. To continue the upward...

Google Apps Marketplace celebrates 6 months with a dozen new apps

Unless you're using Google Apps at work, you might not be familiar with the Google Apps Marketplace. It's Google's playground for third party apps that add functionality to the existing Google Apps suite, and it's 6 months old today. Although you don't hear much about the Apps Marketplace, it has over 200 apps and 4 million users. Google is celebrating the half-birthday of the Apps Marketplace...

Google finally updates Gmail's search -- and lets you search your Docs too!

Google, in its infinite wisdom, has finally upgraded Gmail's advent-of-the-Web-what-is-semantics? search engine to something a little more snazzy. You can now search your Google Docs from within Gmail, and there's also a 'did you mean?' subtitle if you typo a search query. Despite the update, searching is still slower than a three-legged tortoise. At least the Google Docs results come in...