If you are looking for a powerful, intuitive, and user-friendly web-based and collaborative Software as a Service (SaaS) solution that combines email, word processing, spreadsheets, file sharing, online cloud storage, video meetings, calendars, and more, then you need to look no further than G Suite (formerly known as “Google Apps”). In the fall of 2016, the tech giant Google rebranded its decade-old “Google Apps for Work” services as “G Suite.” Under the more simplified name, Google still offers cloud computing tools with new services and features as an online office suite for businesses of all sizes, including large enterprises.
Formerly known as Google Apps, the tech giant has rebranded its services under the title of G Suite. Even more significant, Google officially announced that the Google for Work brand has been updated and will simply be called Google Cloud. The transformation is a move Google claims will allow them to target a wider audience by placing less of an emphasis on the work element, and paying more attention to the collection of apps that are incredibly useful in everyday life.
What Is G Suite?
Google Apps for Work under the title G Suite is more than a refresh of old services; with the new collection of cloud-based apps and user/enterprise management tools, designed to work seamlessly with a broad range of operating systems, devices, and browsers- Gmail, Google Calendar, Docs, Slides, Sheets, Forms, Sites, Vault, Hangouts and more. Google addressed a range of productivity problems facing most companies with machine learning and AI to improve organizing files, event planning, and adding natural queries into search and spreadsheets in the new suite. All the apps are available on mobile phones and tablets (iOS or Android), and Windows, Mac, or Linux computers. Your G Suite account also gives you access to Gmail on your preferred domain and 30GB of Google Drive storage per user.
What Tools Can You Use In G Suite To Grow Your Business?
Google has enhanced the Apps Suite drastically from Google Apps for Work core offering, which included Gmail, Google Calendar, Docs, Site, Groups, and Chat.
Access Personalized Emails With Gmail
HostLabs hosting packages include a suite of webmail platforms at no additional charge but many people prefer the familiarity and features of Gmail. With a G Suite account, you can send email from your own domain using Google’s Gmail platform. Simply put, your email address will be [email protected] instead of @gmail.com. G Suite also allows easy email address grouping into categories based on departments or operational roles such as Accounting, Marketing, Art, Staff, etc. to compartmentalize people who should be receiving the message. Seamless integration with other apps in the suite makes saving and attaching files with Google Drive, messaging and video conferencing through Hangouts, fast message search and sharing calendar invitations very simple and effective for employees.
Coordinate With Google Calendar
Google’s Calendar app, which is a part of G Suite, can make coordination with team members within the organization or those outside simpler. It is easy to create and share events, send invitations through email and track those who have accepted or rejected. Moreover the Calendar now uses AI to find available slots in multiple users’ schedules to recommend good meeting times. It integrates with third party apps (like CRM and project management solutions) which makes adding appointments and reminders a breeze. It also syncs with Gmail, Drive and Hangouts.
Create Docs, Sheets, and Slides
Docs, Sheets, and Slides serve all word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software needs within the organization, without needing any additional software (optional desktop add-ons can be downloaded for local, offline access). There are sufficient features available to easily create text files, spreadsheets, forms, presentations, and drawings. It is also possible to download a copy of the files in a variety of formats to your computer to edit them in a competitor’s software.
Improve Storage With Google Drive
With its rich and powerful productivity tools and an unlimited storage option available to G Suite users for a measly $10, Google Drive is an integral part of how Google enables collaboration. Besides backups of files on a local system, thanks to Google’s cloud platform users can share folders and files, even large videos or media-rich presentation decks with other team members and keep all their devices in sync. And its integrations with the other G Suite apps makes it easier to email files, share files in Hangout, add them to calendar invites, etc. Better still, if there is any specific functionality that is missing in Google Drive, you can always set up third party tools and add-ons.
Communicate With Hangouts
The all-new Google Hangouts offers a convenient online chat and stable video conferencing solution for easy communication within the G Suite ecosystem. It is possible to invite up to 25 people to join from anywhere, which is ideal for organizations with remote workers or offices in multiple locations. Screen sharing is easy even without an account, which is great for long distance presentations and even file sharing is simple with Google Drive integration.
So, what does G Suite cost?
For G Suite Basic, you pay $5 per user/ per month or $50 per user per year plus tax. G Suite Business is $10 per user per month or $120 per user per year plus tax, with the added incentive of unlimited storage, advanced Admin controls, Google Vault, and easy search & export to different formats. G Suite is extremely affordable and the plan is flexible.
Work Smarter With G Suite Basic & G Suite Business
The security, reliability and mainstream support that G Suite apps and tools provide can help grow your company and place it at an advantage above the rest. For more information on G Suite, including pricing and storage options, visit Google’s G Suite site. You can manage all web based services and integrate G Suite control panel through HostLabs .