Google has extended its Apps Premier Edition cloud-based office productivity suite, with tools and services to aid online collaboration.
The company has introduced uploader software that works with shared folders in Google Docs to enable users to upload documents into shared workspaces, allowing them to collaborate on files with co-workers and external parties.
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Anil Sabharwal, product manager at Google Docs, said, "Instead of using cumbersome e-mail attachments, you can upload files to a folder and share it with co-workers, who can then access and edit the files from a single place. You can even allow your sales team to securely share contracts with external clients for review."
The service starts with 1GByte of storage per user. File size is limited to 250MBytes.
Sabharwal said Google would be offering new pricing for shared storage in the cloud. "In the coming months, we will enable Google Apps Premier Edition customers to purchase additional storage for $3.50/GByte/year (or €3.00/GByte/year in the EU)."
By using Google Docs you can quickly and easily search across all your files from one place and access files when and where you need them.
Google Apps Premier Edition users can also use the Google Documents List Data API to upload files to Google Docs in batch, or purchase applications offered by third parties that enable you to migrate and synchronise your files to Google Docs.