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Not one to shy away from a good read, I spent some of this last weekend reading Google Apps: Faced as I am with writing projects that span from Ohio to Tasmania with a brief stop off in London for morning coffee and Dubai for afternoon tea, the option to work with collaborative document sharing is of interest to me — but also threatens my editorial control, so it makes me nervous at the same time. I wanted to find out more. For example, did you know that you can set up your Gmail account so that messages sent to your other email accounts arrive in your Gmail inbox so that you can check all your email accounts in one place?
It has to be said that this book goes from the extremely simple to the rather more complex in fits and starts. On the whole there are some really great TIPS and shortcuts in here, navigating between various replies in a Gmail message with P for previous and N for next for example — you are bound to find something that you like.
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I have to confess that it did get me finally using Google Documents and Calendar, so it must be pretty good. My wife is currently working through Your Brain: The Missing Manual and is threatening to perform psychoanalytical tests on me any day now. Six steps to DevOps success, analyzed. Online sports are about to get actual real-time streaming. The city of LA is speaking to developers in their language. As most readers of this journal will be accustomed to using word processors, spreadsheets and e-mail systems, this is a difficult book to review.
Most of it is about how to use these systems as provided by Google Apps and, in this respect, it has the usual O'Reilly hallmarks of thoroughness, multiple examples, screenshots and tips and tricks. If you already use applications of this kind, a quick skip through the text to find out how to do particular things with the Apps is probably all you need.
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Organizations that adopt Google Apps will need to buy multiple copies of this book - one for each office - so that users can have a ready reference close to hand. However, although Google Apps brings office applications to the Web there are advantages beyond the simple facts of there being no local updating of software, no local file storage if, in fact, you are happy with that , universal access for mobile workers - wherever you have Internet access, you can access your files on, in the case of a company, your intranet site and, through, Google Sites, you can collaborate with colleagues on projects, wherever in the world they may be.
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Clearly, if you are simply a personal user of applications, much of this will not be of great interest to you and you can sign up to use the applications individually. This guide to Apps covers the topic in two main sections: The basics includes information on how to get a Google account - you've probably already got one if you use Gmail - and then moves on to using Docs. Google Docs is the name applied to the suite of applications; unlike other suites, the individual packages do not have individual names, but simply appear as Documents, Spreadsheets, Presentations and, most recently and not included in the book, PDFs.
Following on from these basic applications, the text moves on to deal with Communicating and scheduling , that is, using Gmail, Google Talk and Google Calendar.
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In all of the chapters there are many tips and ideas on how to get the best out of Google Apps - I've been using Gmail since it first appeared in but, even so, I picked up a tip or two here. I've never used Google Talk and don't intend to do so - I tend to communicate with Skype and I don't lead the kind of life that requires me to get access to Talk on my mobile phone. Nor do I use Calendar: I've tried from time to time to be more rigorous obout appointments and the like, but I now find that a paper diary serves perfectly well.
In fact, I no longer use my PDA for anything except its calculator. And they are growing in number: This has led to some controversy, relating to the fact that users of Google Apps may be subject to legal actions in jurisdictions other than that in which they live as a consequence of the legal requirements Google needs to satisfy within the USA. Of course, Google itself uses Google Apps and more customers are mentioned on the Apps site.
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