Google Apps users to get Blogger, Picasa and AdWords

Businesses will be able to access more Google services from within their customer domains, starting this summer
Written by David Meyer, Contributor

Google is to integrate more of its services into the Google Apps platform, which lets businesses use the company's web-based tools within their own custom domains.

Google Apps already incorporates several core office productivity applications, such as Docs, Gmail and Calendar. From the summer, these will be joined by Blogger, Picasa, Reader and AdWords, the Google Enterprise team said in a blog post on Thursday.

"Coworkers will be able to publish their organisation'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," Google Apps product management director Dennis Troper said in the post.

Troper noted that the additional applications will not at first be covered by the core Google Apps suite's support and service level agreement, but said the company would "evaluate future support options".

All Standard, Premier and Education Edition customers will be moved to the "new infrastructure that enables this change" in the autumn, he added. However, customers will be able to voluntarily switch during the summer.

"This will be a significant overhaul to our underlying systems and we want to make this transition as seamless as possible for customers," Troper wrote. "We'll be sharing information in advance so Google Apps admins can plan ahead which additional Google services users can access with their accounts and other aspects of this roll-out."

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