There’s little doubt, with so many new competitors entering the cloud-based productivity scene, that Google — arguably the company that popularized the concept — must remain innovative if it wants to survive. With full programs being released that match Google tit-for-tat and introduce their own new features, it’s unsurprising that the team has been motivated to release new features on a regular basis. Here’s a recap of some of their most recent additions.
According to the official Google Blog post, six important new features have been introduced over the last few weeks. They are:
- An improved revision history tool in Google Docs spreadsheets. In addition to being able to look back at change, you can see which collaborator made them and take a look at a cell-by-cell change history.
- A Google Docs video player. Google Docs is also being used as the “cloud storage” medium for Google Apps users, and now shared videos can be played directly in Google Docs.
- Limited email accounts. Groups who want to provide only limited messaging options — including restrictions on which outside users can interact with a given account — can now do so through “walled garden” accounts.
- DKIM digital signing. This allows messages sent to be verified as authentically originating from the “sent from” domain, meaning that Google Apps for non-Gmail domains are less likely to be caught in spam filters.
- Chrome Deployment for Organizations. In a push to be viable as a business browser, Google released an IT deployment utility for Chrome.
- Improved data migration. Google has released new tools that let users of Lotus Notes, Microsoft Exchange, or just about any other IMAP system easily move their data — including contacts and calendars — into their Google App account.
Google updates their features nearly constantly, and by-the-moment updates can be found on the Google Apps blog.