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The Internet has long been characterized by connectivity and the hyper acceleration of communication. When the avenues of information dissemination were extended to seemingly infinite spaces in the Internet, developers have been in an endless pursuit of innovations – how to improve messaging, how to increase interactivity, how to streamline processes – to further compress time, space and even the magnitude of efforts. Perhaps one of the milestones in this pursuit is the development of Google Apps.
Google developers have expanded the use of this search engine to a wide range of possibilities. The developers came up with messaging applications, which include the Gmail and the Google Calendar, and collaboration applications like the Google Docs and Google Sites. Of course, the Google network did not miss the fact that businesses should be offered with a set of options that is different from that offered to individual users.
Hence, the developers launched Google Groups for Businesses and Google Video for Businesses, which were created under the premise that businesses have a profit motive to take care of and an aim for expansion. On the other hand, applications for individual use only were designed in such a way that collaboration is not so much of a big deal.
Users have found a somewhat groundbreaking potential in Google Apps, particularly in terms of collaboration and efficiency. Many webmasters have recommended the use of Google Apps in a domain for five reasons.
First, all Google services make up a virtual office in the cyberspace, one that does not eat up space in the hard drive because everything happens in the browser. The user does not have to take great pains to install the applications because the services are all available online.
Second, the user does not have to worry about cross-platform OS errors and ways to keep back up data. Since the applications run as long as there is Internet access, any machine can access the services without having to worry about cross-platform difficulties.
Third, this office takes care of collaboration in just one click, such that several people can edit or comment on a project through Google Docs and insert updates real-time. The users can even open a chat box and discuss their own proposals or ideas for the project. Moreover, the user need not update all applications one by one. Google takes care of synchronizing the information and tasks in all applications.
An individual need not have special rights or technical know-how in FTP access to update a web page that uses Google Apps. The Apps save the webmaster from the difficulty of explaining the intricate process to other individuals, because the system streamlines and simplifies the processes for other users as long as they were defined by the webmaster.
Fourth, Google Apps are absolutely free. In fact, many individuals in the academy who opted for Google Apps said they have saved money that would have been used for licenses and upgrades that come with hefty price tags.
Fifth, Google Apps come with a guarantee of security, especially in the matter of privacy. For instance, Gmail developers have installed safeguards against spam and phishing. The application also carries a promise of forever protecting the privacy of the users by never inappropriately handing out the passwords of account holders. Users can also rely on Google services at any point in time, because developers are often hell-bent on preventing a system collapse, if it is possible to begin with.
Many communities, within or outside the academy, are now using Google Apps in this fast paced world. With the capacity of these applications and the alternatives that they posit, any Internet user can rely on them as they put the premium on efficiency and accessibility. True enough, the cyberspace experience goes up a higher notice with these side server applications.
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