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Google Plus now available for enterprise Google Apps users

Social media in the form of Google Plus is coming to an enterprise organization near you. IT pros better get ready.

While everyone using Google Enterprise Apps anticipated this day would come, I would hazard to guess that many would say it was a long time coming. According to the Official Google Enterprise Blog, Google Plus is now available to Google Apps users at college, at work or at home.

Here is the official announcement paragraph:

Starting now you can manually turn on Google+ for your organization. Once Google+ is turned on, your users will just need to sign up at google.com/+ to get started. For customers who use Google Apps for Business or the free version of Google Apps and who have chosen to automatically enable new services, Google+ will automatically become available to all of your users over the next several days.

This one simple addition to the Google Apps suite of tools is going to be a big help to people like me who, up until now, had to use separate browsers for my work version of Google Apps and my personal version which included Google Plus. The simplification of my social media life is going to be a nice change of pace.

But beyond that, adding Google Plus to the enterprise is going to greatly increase users' abilities in terms of collaboration and sharing of information. It will be interesting to see how Google Plus is going to impact enterprise-wide interaction. TechRepublic will cover this aspect much more thoroughly in the future.

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Mark Kaelin is a CBS Interactive Senior Editor for TechRepublic. He is the host for the Microsoft Windows and Office blog, the Google in the Enterprise blog, the Five Apps blog and the Big Data Analytics blog.

3 comments
fulanox
fulanox

It would be a great if Google+ on Google apps could integrate some task oriented features like WRIKE or Basecamp.

AMS-Ray
AMS-Ray

We've tried several collaboration systems in the past, but having Google + integrated in the Gmail toolbar is a major usability advantage. However we're going to have create some specific "best practices" and guidelines before turning it on for everyone, because they will have the ability to have people in their circles who are not from our domain. I enabled it within minutes of getting notice from Google that it was available. We're turning it on for a few who have already been using Google+ personal accounts so that we can feel out some of the pros and cons and address them before we roll it out to everyone.

Mark W. Kaelin
Mark W. Kaelin

Does your organization use Google Apps? Has Google Plus been turned on?