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Wednesday, 29th October 2008

Google Extends Labs Experiment to Google Apps

Google Extends Labs Experiment to Google Apps

Ever since it launched, Google Labs for Gmail has rolled out a string of add-on features that allow developers and savvy users to customize Gmail and add new features without waiting for Google to make official updates. Labs has apparently proven such a success that Google is extending the idea to Google Apps.

There are, however, some important differences in the Labs for Google Apps version. The features are aimed primarily at “enterprise” and small business customers. To use the new apps you need to have a Google Apps for your Domain account and you’ll need administrator privileges to turn on the new features.

For the launch there are three new apps — Google Moderator, Google Code Reviews and Google Short Links. All of them run on top of the new Google Apps platform and, unlike their Gmail Labs cousins, these are standalone apps, not just feature add-ons.

  • Google Moderator — the oldest of the bunch, Moderator provides the tools for creating and moderating a discussion forum and group Q&A sessions.
  • Google Code Reviews — as the name suggests, Code Reviews gives developers a way to share code for peer review.
  • Short Links — a URL shortener not unlike the very popular TinyURL, except that this one works with your domain and can be monitored by administrators.

Source: Webmonkey


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