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Google's Big Plus: Premium Features Available to All

Google's Big Plus: Premium Features Available to All
Google Plus is now offering its premium features to all Google Apps users. / Credit: Google Plus image via Shutterstock

New updates to Google+ and Hangoutsare making it easier to connect with co-workers and discuss important business decisions.

This week, Google is rolling out its Google+ premium features to all Google Apps users. While it won't change the way employees have interacted with Google+ or Hangouts, it will let them access several new business-specific features.

The premium features provide a more tailored Google+ experience with enhanced control options, including the ability to ensure that confidential information stays inside the company. Specifically, with Google + premium features, Google Apps administrators can:

  • Prevent posts and communities from being shared outside your organization by default.
  • Restrict access to Hangouts On Air.
  • Correct the age of users who accidentally entered the wrong age when signing up.
  • Set the default for profile discoverability.
  • Control whether third-party apps can make use of Google+ APIs.
  • See which users in your organization have Google+ profiles.

The new features will also provide more options for employees, including the ability to:

  • Override the default-sharing setting for individual posts and communities.
  • Update their own profile discoverability setting.
  • Join video calls by URL or with just the Hangout name at g.co/hangout.
  • Create a Hangouts video call that is private to their domain. External guests can join their video calls, but they must be directly invited.

In addition to the added control options for administrators and employees, the premium features also allow Google Apps users to start Hangouts video calls from calendar events with up to 15 people, instead of the previous limit of 10.

"So the next time you need to quickly chat with a colleague or hash out a decision, you can just jump into a Hangout with one click from Calendar or an email invitation," Michael Cai, a Google product manager, wrote on the company's enterprise blog.

Starting now, all new Google Apps customers will have access to the premium features from the moment they register, while current users will be able to start using them next month.

Originally published on Business News Daily

Chad Brooks

Chad Brooks is a Chicago-based freelance writer who has nearly 15 years experience in the media business. A graduate of Indiana University, he spent nearly a decade as a staff reporter for the Daily Herald in suburban Chicago, covering a wide array of topics including, local and state government, crime, the legal system and education. Following his years at the newspaper Chad worked in public relations, helping promote small businesses throughout the U.S. Follow him on Twitter.

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