8 tips to help Outlook users move to Gmail

8 tips to help Outlook users move to Gmail

Outlook has been the dominate email client for the past 10 years. "Better the devil you know" we think as we consider moving our employees to Gmail for Business. Many IT executives are wary to rip something so familiar away from their teams. However the reality of our mobile-centric world is that it is quickly moving away from desktop email clients. The productivity gains and cost savings of modern cloud computing applications cannot be ignored. So, how do you move several dozen, hundred or thousand team members to Gmail? 

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What is Google Apps Unlimited?

What is Google Apps Unlimited?

Starting today, there are now two Google Apps options for businesses to choose from. There are several differences between the two services that business leaders should review and understand when considering upgrading or migrating to Google Apps.  So what are some of the primary differences? 

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Creating the next generation builder in Kansas City with the help of Google Apps

Creating the next generation builder in Kansas City with the help of Google Apps

From the outset of Centric Projects, the mantra has been that technology should make life simpler, not more complicated.  As a new and innovative company, the firm was not burdened with legacy systems, including racks of servers, miles of cable and fiber, complicated mobile logins, and clunky hardware, they were able to build on that mantra from the very beginning.  No desktops.  No servers.  No wires. Centric Projects knew being a Serverless Enterprise is a strategic advantage. Google Apps allows them to realize their vision of how technology should work. 

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Profiles in Excellence: Aspire Business Development

Our Profiles in Excellence posts feature great organizations doing great work. These firms run their operations on Google Apps and other tools from the Google Apps Marketplace. Aspire's products are Focus, Clarity and Momentum which they deliver in Kansas City through a variety of 
services.

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It's going to be a Google Gadget Christmas

It is a little known fact that Google is one of the top 5 server manufactures in the world. In fact Google's entire ~$50,000,000,000 business runs on custom hardware, software, networks and data centers. In short, Google is a serious player in the hardware business, they just happen to use it all for themselves. But with a healthy ecosystem, including the likes of Samsung, and the purchase of Motorola Mobility; Google is becoming a very serious player in the consumer hardware business. In fact, only Apple can match Google's device offerings. We thought it would be fun to review Google's current lineup.
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Hurricane Sandy no match for Google Apps

Hurricane Sandy and this nor'easter give businesses plenty of things to worry about, you shouldn't have to worry about email, documents, or voice calls. If you're a small business owner impacted by Hurricane Sandy and would like to learn more about cloud computing and Google Apps for Business please drop us a note in the next few months at Support@Umzuzu.com. We will provide complementary migration (moving user email, calendars and contacts to Apps) and training services.
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Customer Perspectives on Google Apps

Bottom line, the true differentiator for Google Apps is that no other product in today’s marketplace can offer an easy-to-use, real-time, scalable, secure, cloud-based messaging/ global teamwork/innovation/mobility productivity/organizational transformation platform for the ve-year total cost of ownership (TCO) that Google Apps provides.
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Why is Google dropping support for Office 2003?

"Those of us in the XML community have been dreaming for 20 years of the day when a technology that has helped millions of people create billions of documents would be firmly anchored into a stable standard that gives the power of the content in these documents back to the people who created them. I'm very excited about the potential that standardizing on the Office Open XML file formats holds for giving customers unlimited and perpetual access to their data without being tied to a single solution. This is something that the XML community has been trying to achieve for a long time, and I'm thrilled to be a part of it." Jean Paoli, Microsoft, 2005
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Innovation as a Service. Available Now.

In 2007, two companies made a choice to upgrade their Exchange 2003 environments. One company decided to implement Exchange 2007, the other company implemented the Premier Edition of Google Apps (as Google Apps for Business was previously called). At that time these two companies both chose a path, a continuum. At the time, these two decisions would not be perceptibly different from each other to most people. However, look at these two environments again today and the extremes are indeed quite distinct. Why? Because one firm was leveraging Innovation as a Service and the other was leveraging a software product (hosted or on-premises), innovation not included.
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Getting the Most from Gmail

The world's best software is inherently taken for granted. Great software stays out of the way so you can get to work (or play). Over the past 8 years Gmail has become an incredibly popular application for consumers and businesses - more than 40,000,000 people use Gmail at work!. Gmail is one of the best web apps in the world. It packs tons of functionality, speed, security and works great across all your devices.
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Who's Gone Google lately?

Making the choice to Go Google with Google Apps for Business, Government or Education is an important decision. We understand it is a decision people do not enter into lightly. Organizations have a responsibility to fully evaluate all their options. More than 4 million businesses have made the move to Google Apps, sometimes knowing who has already decided to Go Google can be comforting and enlightening.
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Docs comes to Google+ Hangouts

One of the most exciting features of Google Docs is the ability, even from your smartphone, to collaborate - create - in real time! This incredible ability now comes to Google+ Hangouts. Hangouts allow up to 10 people to video chat - it's a ton of fun, if you haven't tried it yet give it a try today.
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Why You Should Consider Migrating to Google Apps

Editor's note: This is a cross-post from our good friends over at Blue Gurus. The Blue Gurus team recently made the move to Google Apps for Business. Time for another video blog update from Blue Gurus! The topic this week is our recent switch to Google Apps. We did this for many reasons ranging from features to price. Watch the video for more on why, and below the video I have included some important links that I mentioned. I would love to hear from you if you are using Google Apps, and if you have any great tips or tricks to share that I could include in a future video!
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Google names Umzuzu Premier SMB Partner

Umzuzu announced today that it has become a Premier SMB Reseller of the Google Apps™ suite of communication and collaboration tools. This new designation from Google enables customers to more easily assess a reseller’s expertise advising on and deploying Google products. Umzuzu was recognized by Google as a Premier Reseller based on their expertise and success in helping customers deploy and use Google Apps.
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Macs and PCs on the Same Page. Barkley Goes Google.

Barkley Advertising, headquartered in Kansas City, MO worked with Google Enterprise Partner Umzuzu to move 235 employees from Exchange 2007 to Google Apps for Business in the fall of 2011. Barkley IT Director, Steve Covell, and Network Engineer, Kevin Buller, looked to Google Apps to solve their cross-platform and space challenges that have persisted since computers first entered Barkley in the early 80s.
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Goodbye Hosted Exchange. Corporate Floors Goes Google.

Headquartered in Grapevine, TX, Corporate Floors is a full-service flooring contractor with satellite offices in Houston, Austin and San Antonio. Thomas Holland, President and founder of Corporate Floors, has enjoyed considerable growth over the last 18 years and has been a Fortune 5000 company for the last 3 years. Holland recounts his IT challenges; “Initially all IT support was in house. As we grew, and added new locations it became increasingly difficult to manage our systems.”
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What do your employees want for Christmas?

Today there are about 70 applications included with Google Apps for Business, Google Apps for Government and Google Apps for Education. When Umzuzu moved our first business to Google Apps in 2006, there was one, Gmail for Business. Every year that customer has gotten dozens of new features for Christmas without buying more software, updating servers or worrying about migration projects. It didn't even matter if they were naughty or nice - all they needed was their favorite web browser.
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