Google Apps adds shared contacts and a new contact manager

Google Apps adds shared contacts and a new contact manager

Summary: Google just made a couple of interesting updates to Google Apps -- the ability for administrator to create shared contacts, and a stand-alone contact manager that can be used outside of Gmail.Google Apps Premier Edition administrators can now create contacts which aren't employees -- these contacts are accessible by employees within the company through any Google Apps service that uses a contact list.

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Google just made a couple of interesting updates to Google Apps -- the ability for administrator to create shared contacts, and a stand-alone contact manager that can be used outside of Gmail.

Google Apps Premier Edition administrators can now create contacts which aren't employees -- these contacts are accessible by employees within the company through any Google Apps service that uses a contact list. In order to create these "shared contacts", one must use the Shared Contacts API that was announced in conjunction with the feature.

In addition to this new API, administrators can enable a new stand-alone contact manager feature that gives users access to their contacts outside of Gmail. This feature is available to both Google Apps Premier Edition and Standard Edition -- however, shared contacts are only available to premier accounts. That said, the contact manager isn't anything particularily special -- it appears to be simply the contact manager from Gmail, without the Gmail shell.

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To install the new stand-alone contact manager for your Google Apps account:

  1. Log into your control panel
  2. Click "Add more services"
  3. Enable the "Contacts" service

According to Google, a new "Contacts" link will start appearing for your users in the link bar at the top of each application, however after adding the contacts service, I have yet to see a Contacts link at the top of any service.

Topics: Apps, Browser, Cloud, Collaboration, Google

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  • Contacts Manager

    The contacts manager has been available (but hidden) for a
    couple of months now :)

    http://mail.google.com/a/yourdomain.com/contacts/ui/Cont
    actManager
    BeauGiles
    • Available already quite some time...

      ...so I too fail to see what the news is.
      My domain users are using it for months already.
      Yes, new is the option you can enable it via
      dashboard. whow.

      :-)
      HBE
  • RE: Google Apps adds shared contacts and a new contact manager

    Where the heck are the themes that were added to regular Gmail a month ago?
    joesiegler
  • RE: Google Apps adds shared contacts and a new contact manager

    It might be the first step of what I've been waiting
    for. Just as in Calendar, you can have multiple
    Calendars and share one with your wife, Have a shared
    one for the church, and I private one. The same thing
    makes a lot of sense with Contacts. Multiple Contact
    Lists with different degrees of Sharing and different
    groups you share it with.
    agarst@...
    • RE: Google Apps adds shared contacts and a new contact manager

      Hello,

      I agree sharing contacts should be like the calandar sharing this make sens.
      I also hope it will be more integreted with the other google tools.

      Franck
      fbruyere
  • Can we get anything more boring then this?

    Sorry, Google is way behind the curve here with their software anymore.
    AllKnowingAllSeeing
  • RE: Google Apps adds shared contacts and a new contact manager

    Completely agree!!!

    Gmail Contacts is being left behind by Highrise, Zoho, Batchbook, BigContacts etc etc. Even Microsoft Outlook has Business Contact Manager. Time for Google to get its Contacts at least competitive!!!!!!
    Craig.P
  • Now it is possible to share contacts & adress books on gmail

    NOW You can share Gmail contacts and adress books like you share Google docs or google calendars if you are using Google Apps thanks to this Application :
    <a href="http://www.google.com/enterprise/marketplace/google.de/viewListing?productListingId=3198+1842896415262219465" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><a href="http://www.google.com/enterprise/marketplace/google.de/viewListing?productListingId=3198+1842896415262219465" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><a href="http://www.google.com/enterprise/marketplace/google.de/viewListing?productListingId=3198+1842896415262219465" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">http://www.google.com/enterprise/marketplace/google.de/viewListing?productListingId=3198+1842896415262219465</a></a></a><br><br>After trying several add-ons I came to the conclusion that is the the best one by far : any user can share his contacts with he coworkers and updating contacts that were shared with them.<br>Their website is : <a href="http://www.gmailsharedcontacts.com" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">http://www.gmailsharedcontacts.com</a>
    stefnewland