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Friday, May 18, 2007

Google Apps Partner Edition for ISPs
By Tony Ruscoe

There’s now another member to the Google Apps family. Google Apps Partner Edition is “specifically designed for ISPs, portals, and other service providers, whether you have a few thousand subscribers or over a million.”

This is great news for ISPs and domain registrars who have been offering substandard webmail clients for decades. Now they’ll be able to offer world-class web applications which they can setup for customers quickly and easily using Google’s APIs. According to the announcement on the Official Google Blog, partners will be able to customize the look and feel of the products too.

All you have to do is point and click in the easy admin control panel and figure out what branding you’d like to layer on top of the products in order to create a customized look and feel.

It’s unclear whether this will be more customizable than the current Google Apps (where you can just change the logo and color scheme) but I’d expect this to be a complete white-label version, which for any company willing to paying enough could customize however they’d like. Of course, pricing isn’t available. If you’re interested, you must complete this contact form.

While this is good news for Google Apps, I’d still like to see more integration between my Google Account and my Google Apps account. Why does Google force me to maintain two separate accounts when I only need one?

[Via Official Google Blog.]

Blogger Adds Autosaving and Sensible Shortcuts
By Tony Ruscoe

Blogger now autosaves draft posts being composed in the post editor. This replaces their old “Recover Post” feature which was released, pulled and released again back in April 2005 and crudely used a browser cookie to store what you were typing.

The new feature now periodically sends a copy of the text, title, labels, etc. to Blogger’s servers instead; a much more robust way of doing things – providing your connection doesn’t die, of course.

Thankfully, they won’t autosave posts which have already been published, otherwise you could end up with your visitors reading half-polished articles, which is what used to happen if you subconsciously hit Ctrl+S while typing your post thinking it would just save it (like most other applications).

They’ve finally changed this keyboard shortcut to make it “a bit more sane” (in their words, with which I entirely agree) so that Ctrl+S saves a draft and Ctrl+P publishes your post.

[Via Blogger Buzz.]


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