Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Last Quarter Google beat Apple in PC Sales

It's hard to believe, but it's true--the world is changing fast. Google is now selling more laptops than Apple (at least is the US market that is). From the Verge article, "International Data Corporation (IDC) estimates Apple's US Mac shipments to be around 1.76 million in the latest quarter, meaning Dell, HP, and Lenovo sold nearly 2 million Chromebooks in Q1 combined."

Chromebooks AppBridge go Google Blog
Some of the reasons for the success of the Chromebook are clear. For example, they can cost 1/10 the price of a MacBook--that's pretty compelling. Also, Google just announced at I/O that Chrome O/S will now run apps from the massive Google Play app store. Chromebooks are simple, affordable, and getting even more flexible. They're doing extremely well in the education market and they're leveaging that success into other sectors.

I've been a long time fan of the Chromebook. In 2014, I blogged about Why I Just Bought a Chromebook and then followed up with another post reviewing the Toshiba Chromebook that I'm still using today. As a Chromebook user, I'm not surprised that lots of people chose Chromebooks over the alternatives, but that doesn't make the news any less impactful. I'm sure that a random poll of people on the streets would not place Google anywhere near Apple in computer sales.

Monday, 11 July 2016

Google Announces New Sheets and Slides APIs

Here at AppBridge, we watched the Google I/O conference announcements very closely. After all, our entire business is helping our customers go Google, so they can effectively use Google Apps. This announcement of a new Sheets and Slides API was great news as it potentially expands what we can offer in our migrations to Google Apps.

Google Sheets API AppBridge Blog

From the announcement of the new Sheets and Slides APIs, "The new Sheets API is available today. Find the developer documentation as well as a codelab to help you get started at developers.google.com/sheets."

For more information, check out the new Sheets and Slides APIs announcement, or watch these videos: Build seamless integrations with the new Google Sheets API and Keep data flowing between your app and Google Slides with the new Slides API.

Tuesday, 5 July 2016

Apply to Google Sites and Google Springboard Beta

On the Google For Work Blog, Google has officially announced two Beta programs for Google Apps users. The Beta program for Google Sites is an update to the existing Sites functionality:

"With the new Google Sites, you can build beautiful, functional pages to aggregate and distribute content across your enterprise, optimized for every screen. A new intuitive drag-and-drop design experience supports real-time collaboration by multiple editors, just like in Docs, and offers easy access to all your content from Calendar, Docs, Drive, Maps and more. The new Sites also includes themes and layouts designed to scale and flex to any screen size, so they’re as useful when you access them on the 30-inch monitor at your desk or your smartphone on your commute."

Google has clarified that the classic version of Google Sites will be functional for at least one year, and at some point, they will provide options for moving content from classic Google Sites to the new Sites.

Google Springboard is a new feature:

"Google is ... working on a new way to bring all of this power to the enterprise: Google Springboard. Google Springboard helps you find the right information that you need at the moment that you need it. It searches quickly and easily across all of your information in Google Apps including Gmail, Calendar, Docs, Drive, Contacts and more. Springboard also assists you throughout your workday by proactively providing useful and actionable information and recommendations."

Here are the sign up links and the description of the program from the announcement: "We’ve been previewing Google Springboard and the new Google Sites with a small set of customers, and we’re excited to begin to extend each of these new apps to more customers through an Early Adopter Program. If you’re the admin of a company that runs on Google Apps for Work you can express your interest in the Google Springboard Early Adopter Program or the Google Sites Early Adopter Program. "