There used to be the word ‘Business’ in the title, and now that this suite of online applications is called ‘Google Apps for Work’, each application can still be valued as part of your business assets. This line up of productivity tools keeps enlarging and addressing more diverse data processing needs. To date, the suite includes GMail, Google+, Google Docs, Google Sheets, Google Calendar, Google Forms, Hangouts, Google Drive, Google Slides, and Google Sites. These are all included with Google’s Basic Plan, which is priced super low, so any size of business can benefit. And there are coupons! Get your google apps coupon here. Google Apps Vault is a separate part of the Premium Plan package. It provides unlimited cloud file storage for a nominal monthly fee.
For over 10 years, Google’s GMail online email application has built up popularity to the point that it has become a status symbol on resumes to have an @gmail.com in the contact list. Well over one half billion web users now have a GMail account.
In competition with Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and many other social networking web services, Google+ provides a unique, brilliant design with user-control at the fore. It enables building diverse, unlimited social Circles without any forced hierarchy or spam being allowed to interrupt your use of it as a connecting agent.
This cloud word processing app runs in your browser, enabling you to create, edit, and share any textual and mixed media document. It can operate on Microsoft Office files, has a revision history tracking feature, that allows you to visit all changes made to documents, of unlimited number. Being online, it also offers real time group collaboration in annotation and editing. It has the option of offline editing when there is no connection to the Internet.
A full-featured online business spreadsheet app that features most of the same online functionality as Google Docs.
Use this app to create online survey forms. It features most of the same functionality as Google Docs.
For powerful, pointy slideshow presentations, Google Slides enables you to get the job done quickly and easily. It features most of the same collaboration and sharing functionality as Google Docs.
This scheduling and reminder application is based on the iCal standard, so it inter-operates with other calendar apps. Calendar is integrated with GMail to be a collaborative tool for teams working on projects together. Separate Team Calendars can be built and shared within the business. These Calendars can be delegated, used to determine availability of meeting rooms, and for tracking shared resources. It can be used in integration with Google Sites.