Google has launched its Apps Team Edition to help staff to collaborate.
Once users verify their business or school e-mail address, they can instantly share documents and calendars securely without support from the IT department.
Team Edition can easily be switched to Google Apps Standard, Premier or Education Edition for communications and collaboration across the entire company.
"With Team Edition, groups of individuals at school or work can just as easily get the benefits of Google Apps by simply signing up online," said Dave Girouard, vice-president and general manager of enterprise at Google.
Once a user has signed up for Team Edition using a verified business or school e-mail address, they can instantly invite others to join, or easily identify people within their organisation already using Google Apps, to collaborate and share documents.
"We started using Google Docs and Google Calendar with our personal accounts to do things like co-ordinate customer visits and work together on documents, even when we're travelling separately," said Paul Laurie, co-founder of Walking Tree Travel, an organisation that leads educational trips abroad for US high-school students.
Google Apps Standard, Premier and Education Editions give full administrative control, such as the ability to set default sharing options, to decide which applications are available on the network, or to determine who has access.