Google+ finally arrives for Google Apps customers

Summary:Soon, nearly everyone on Google Apps will have access to Google+.

Good news for Google Apps customers that have been waiting to use Google+ seamlessly with their business and education accounts. Google+ is now available to anyone who uses Google Apps for work or school.

All of the same features from Google+ now will be available to enterprise and education Google Apps users. In fact, this is where Circles might become an even more valuable feature as you can better organize co-workers, project team members, and customers in a more distinct way on screen.

Additionally, Hangouts offers a much more budget-friendly (i.e. free) solution for video conferencing and telepresence as it supports multi-person video chat with screen sharing and collaboration in Google Docs.

Sure, all of these features were available for free before to anyone who wanted to sign up for a personal Google account. But for those who don't want to bother with multiple accounts (or can't access personal accounts at work), this makes the Google+ experience much more seamless for the workplace and classroom. (Even better, Google is promising a migration tool soon for anyone who actually does want to port personal Google+ data over to a Google Apps user account.)

But in case you visited Google+ from your enterprise/education account and/or are wondering where it is in the Apps menu bar at the top of Gmail or Google Calendar, note that Google+ needs to be manually turned on at your organization.

More so, Google Apps for Business customers and some other Google Apps users will see Google+ roll out over the next few days. Select U.S. universities are making Google+ available for their students starting today. A full list is available on the Google Enterprise blog.

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Topics: Networking, Apps, Google, Social Enterprise

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Rachel King is a staff writer for CBS Interactive based in San Francisco, covering business and enterprise technology for ZDNet, CNET and SmartPlanet. She has previously worked for The Business Insider, FastCompany.com, CNN's San Francisco bureau and the U.S. Department of State. Rachel has also written for MainStreet.com, Irish Americ... Full Bio

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