Google has launched some new business tools for Google+, which aim to help colleagues collaborate more easily over the social network.
Currently, the new tools are in “full preview mode” for Google Apps customers. According to Google’s Blog, organizations that have already adopted Google Apps for businesses will be able to use Google+’s new business features for free through 2013.
The new features include private sharing, updates to video meetings and administrative controls. Learn more about each of the features below:
Private Sharing – Users can now mark posts as “restricted”, which are private to the user’s organization and can’t be shared with anyone else. However, the person who creates the post has the option to share it with specific partners or colleagues outside of the organization if desired.
Video Meetings – Video meetings powered by Google Hangouts now integrate with Gmail, Google Calendar and Google Docs. Since July, users have been able to join a multi-way video chat powered by Hangouts directly from Gmail, as well as have been able to open Google Docs while in a Hangout meeting. However, now users can also add a Hangout to a Calendar event, which allows attendees to join the meeting directly from the invite or Calendar entry.
Administrative Controls – These new controls enable administrators to set company-wide defaults for posts and Hangouts.
It is important to note that these are just the beginning of Google+’s new business features.
“We have a lot more planned for the coming months," states Google's blog. "Including a mobile version of Google+ for enterprise users and more administrative controls.”