Thanks to Google Apps, whether you’re across the street or across the world, you can hold face-to-face meetings, share updates with colleagues and friends and work on a presentation together in real time. Therefore, Google+ can also help colleagues collaborate more easily and get things done.

Since August Google+ features were designed specifically for businesses, but are still in preview mode. During this preview period, organizations that have gone Google will be able to use the business features of Google+ for free through the end of 2013 while more features and administrative controls designed for organizations are being added.

Private sharing for your organization
As a Google Apps user, you now have more control over the content you post to Google+. When you create a post you can mark it as restricted. Restricted posts are private to your organization and can never be re-shared with anyone outside. At the same time, when you create a post, you have the flexibility to share it with specific partners or colleagues outside the organization as well if you choose.

Restricted posts cannot be shared outside the organization

Video meetings integrated with Gmail, Calendar and Docs
When you’re on Google Apps, holding a face-to-face meeting with colleagues or clients around the world doesn’t require coordinated travel schedules or expensive video conferencing technology. All you need is a device with a camera and an internet connection. Hangouts lets up to 10 people join a video meeting from their laptop, phone or tablet.

People can now join a multi-way video chat, powered by Hangouts, directly from Gmail. They can also open a Google doc in a hangout meeting, making it easy for colleagues to write or edit a document together from anywhere. Users can also add a hangout to a Calendar event, allowing attendees to join the meeting directly from the invite or Calendar entry (you can also choose where the event is taking place, whether using Hangou or other means).

Add a hangout to a calendar event

Work on a doc face-to-face in a hangout

Administrative Controls
To help make sure users are sharing only with the people they intend, administrators can now set company-wide defaults for post restrictions. They can also enable restricted Hangouts to facilitate private meetings within the company.

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