Soon: All Google services to get Apps support

Soon: All Google services to get Apps support

Summary: Have you ever wanted to log into services like iGoogle, YouTube, Blogger, or Picasa using your Google Apps account? In order to log into those services, you are forced to sign up for a Gmail address Google Account, and to use that for single sign on.

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Have you ever wanted to log into services like iGoogle, YouTube, Blogger, or Picasa using your Google Apps account? In order to log into those services, you are forced to sign up for a Gmail address Google Account, and to use that for single sign on.

Google announced that they are preparing to allow Google Apps users (of all editions) to sign into Google properties using their Apps email address and password by this summer. It will be opt-in until Fall, however.

For example, coworkers will be able to publish their organization’s blog on Blogger, share project images with Picasa Web Albums, track industry news in Google Reader, advertise online with AdWords and much more, all without switching back and forth between multiple accounts. While these additional applications won’t initially be covered by the core suite’s support and service level agreement, this change will open up the spectrum of Google’s functionality to businesses, schools and organizations using Google Apps and we’ll evaluate future support options.

In addition to having this flexibility as a user, administrators will also have the ability to restrict access to whichever services they like through their administrative console. This will be a huge win for Google Apps, and could definitely put pressure on Microsoft.

Topics: Google, Cloud

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  • RE: Soon: All Google services to get Apps support

    Your article is inaccurate: you do not need to sign up to Gmail to use iGoogle, Blogger or Picasa; you just need a Google Account for your e-mail address. A Google Account is not a Gmail account.

    This change means you no longer need to create a Google Account for your Google Apps Account and you can just access the services from your Appspot Account without having to sign in to your Google Account separately.
    Steegle
  • RE: Soon: All Google services to get Apps support

    What about Google Voice?
    smalech
  • Well it's about damn time!

    We have been complaining about this for more than a year without Google so much as dignifying our comments on their blog with a response! I just hope this is not some sort of limited-functionality pacifier to shut us up!
    tonyhunterajh
  • RE: Google Accounts

    When the day comes that you have to have a "Google Account" to use Google search or Google maps is the day I part ways with Google completely. NFW will I give Google ANY personal information! I will not trade my privacy for "free" anything!
    Userama
    • RE: Soon: All Google services to get Apps support

      @Userama
      "NFW will I give Google ANY personal information! I will not trade my privacy for "free" anything!"

      Too late...
      TwoFactor