Guest blog post from Jack Weixel, Business Development Manager, Google.
Ask almost any small business owner what they need most and you’ll hear “more”: more time, more resources, and more money. At Google, we aim to help small businesses tackle these big challenges with tools to communicate and collaborate faster, easier, and more cost-efficiently. With these goals in mind, we’re excited to announce that Google Apps for Business – a suite of online tools that includes Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Docs, Google Sites, and more – called Google Apps for Verizon – is now available through Verizon with the option to be bundled with Verizon’s other business solutions.
Combining Google technology with Verizon’s service offerings provides small businesses with a complete package to get online and start running their business.
With Google Apps for Verizon, businesses can operate with less hassle and have easier access to information than ever before. Because everything’s stored online, you can access email, calendars, documents—all your apps—from anywhere you have Internet access. Update a document from your smartphone, access email even if your computer crashes, or work on your website from home. And no hardware or software to install means freedom from maintenance headaches and unnecessary infrastructure investments.
Communicate more easily
Gmail for business (with email addresses @your-company.com) includes integrated voice and video chat and instant messaging. Hold face-to-face meetings over long distances with video chat or get a quick response with instant messaging. With 25GB of storage, you won’t have to waste time deleting emails and robust search capabilities help you find the message you need in seconds.
With Google Calendar you can do more than just schedule and track appointments. Planning the next company party? Send invitations and manage RSVPs with just a few clicks. Coordinate schedules quickly and precisely by sharing calendars company wide or only with specific individuals, and maintain security and privacy with a range of controls.
Collaborate more efficiently
Google Docs enables you to create and share documents, spreadsheets and presentations online. With the ability for up to 50 people to simultaneously edit the same document, you can work together as though everyone’s in the same room and always have the most up-to-date version without the pain of attachments. Your documents are all stored on the web so you don’t have to be in the office to access them.
Create websites using Google Sites as easily as you would edit a document - no HTML skills required. Use Google Sites for project workspaces, team sites, intranets, and more. By centralizing documents and information you can provide access while maintaining control over who has permission to view or edit each site.
Get up and running faster
Verizon bundles services together to provide more offerings at a lower cost, making it easier for small businesses to get started. In addition to Google Apps for Verizon, you can bundle other business essentials – high speed Internet, unlimited nationwide calling, Verizon Websites powered by Intuit, Verizon Online Backup and Sharing, Verizon Internet Security Suite and others.
Whether you use other online applications or Google Apps for Verizon, is your first step in moving your business online, the power of the web offers substantial benefits. With easy-to-use applications that enable you to access your information anywhere, you can boost productivity and set your business up for success. Plus, you no longer have to spend scarce resources building an infrastructure that can be more efficiently run 100% in the cloud. Together, Verizon and Google will help you achieve business goals faster and be more productive than ever before.
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