Google+ for businesses launches today in a full preview mode for Apps customers. During the preview period, "the organizations that have gone Google will be able to use the business features of Google+ for free through the end of 2013," Google stated.
Offering from Google+ enterprise include:
Private sharing for organization
Google Apps users now have more control over the content they post to Google+. "When you create a post you can mark it as restricted," google stated. "Restricted posts are private to your organization and can never be re-shared with anyone outside," explains Clay Bavor, Product Management Director, Google Apps.
At the same time, when you create a post, you have the flexibility to share it with specific partners or colleagues outside the organization as well if you choose.
Restricted posts cannot be shared outside the organization. When you're on Google Apps, "holding a face-to-face meeting with colleagues or clients around the world -- all you need is a device with a camera and an internet connection."
Hangouts lets up to 10 people join a video meeting from their laptop, phone or tablet -- and people can now join a multi-way video chat directly from Gmail or Google doc -- now "can also add a hangout to a Calendar event, allowing attendees to join the meeting directly from the invite or Calendar entry," Bavor adds.
To help make sure users are sharing only with the people they intend, administrators can now set company-wide defaults for post restrictions. In addition, "they can also enable restricted Hangouts to facilitate private meetings within the company," adds Bavor.