7 Bonus Applications That Are Included With G Suite

G Suite Bonus ApplicationsThe core applications of office productivity suites such as G Suite are: email, documents, spreadsheets and presentations. These are the basic software tools most people use at work.

In addition to these core applications, there are a number of G Suite extras that are included in the monthly per user price. Not everyone is aware of these bonus applications.

Hosting of Online Meetings

Hangouts Meet has much of the functionality of paid applications such as for GoToMeeting and WebEx.

For online meetings with multiple attendees that can include voice (dial-in or VoIP), video and screen sharing, Hangouts Meet is an excellent bonus application.

Hangouts Meet is integrated with Google Calendar, which makes sending out meeting invitations a breeze.

Virtual Collaboration

Hangout Chat allows for virtual collaboration among G Suite and Gmail users. Meeting rooms can be set up.

Bots allow for interacting with popular applications such as Asana and Freshdesk—all from within Hangouts Chat. Developers can create custom bots.

Website Platform & Hosting

The new Google Sites is now robust enough that a small business could build its entire website with Sites rather than subscribing to Wix, SquareSpace or WordPress.com.

Sites can also be used for creating company intranets.

Designing a website is point, click and drag and type. No coding is required. If needed, HTML can be embedded.

Map Creation

Google My Maps has a lot more than the ability to drop pins. It allows for creating data driven maps.

A spreadsheet can be imported into a map.

KML (Keyhole Markup Language) files can be imported into My Maps in order to display regions. KML imports were used to show the AVAs (American Viticultural Areas) in this map of Sonoma Valley, California.

Image Design

Google Drawings is a flexible graphical editor that is included with G Suite.

Drawings can be copy/pasted to Google Slides and visa versa. Google Drawings can also be inserted into Google Docs.

One business application for Google Drawings is creating social media images with overlaid text.

Polls, Surveys and Web Forms

Google Forms have a wide variety of business uses.

A Google Form can be embedded in a website and used to capture leads. A free add-on called Forms Notifications makes sure you get back to your site visitors promptly. The add-on can also add autoresponder functionality to Google Forms.

Inbound and Outbound Telephone Calling

With appropriate admin permissions, any G Suite user can request a new phone number as a part of Google Voice.

Choose Google Voice Number

A Google-assigned phone number can be forwarded to one or more other phone numbers. It can also accept text messages. In fact, the Google Voice number can be used for SMS or voice two factor authentication—a better option than a mobile number which is susceptible to SIM spoofing and SIM swapping.

Google Voice can be used to make free outbound calls via Google Hangouts. Alternatively, Google Voice can first call a G Suite user on their mobile number or landline and then patch the user through to a destination number.

G Suite Pricing

Edition Per User Per Month Description Try
Basic $5 Professional office suite with 30GB storage Click here
Business $10 Enhanced office suite with unlimited storage and archiving Click here
Enterprise $25 Premium office suite with advanced controls and capabilities

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