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New Google Video Service: appsvideo

Tony Ruscoe [PersonRank 10]

Sunday, August 31, 2008
15 years ago5,165 views

The "appsvideo" name made an appearance a while ago in the Google Apps CSS [1] when a class was renamed from "youtube" to "video" with its icon being renamed from "yt.gif" to "appsvideo.gif" [2] some time between 4th and 24th March 2008.

However, it recently got added to's Google Apps services showing a login page that reads:

<< A Google solution for video

Welcome to Video, Powered by Google.

   * Upload your videos
   Upload all common video formats: AVI, MPEG, Quicktime, Real and Windows Media.
   * Share your videos
   Share videos with other members of
   * Watch videos
   Watch videos from anywhere in the world or download them to play on your device. >>

By comparison, note what it says for my domain:

<< Video

Service not available

This service is not enabled for If you believe this is an error, please contact your domain administrator or try again with the following link. >>

Services by the name of "videoonline" and "youtube" have been spotted in the past for Google Apps but they now seem to have been superseded by this one.

What's interesting is that this service is also available for standard Google Accounts. Although it's called "New Service" it redirected me to Google Video when I signed in for the first time:

Could a new, revamped Google Video service be in the works?


Tony Ruscoe [PersonRank 10]

15 years ago #

Also, Google Groups has now got its own Google Apps login page:

<< Create and share with groups of people

Welcome to Groups, powered by Google. Along with familiar features like group creation and search, Google Groups has a new look and exciting new features. Now you can:

   * Create rich custom group web pages
   * Customize your group's look and graphics
   * Upload files for your members to share
   * Share member profiles
   * And more... >>

Ionut Alex. Chitu [PersonRank 10]

15 years ago #

Google Video needs a new dashboard and more reliable uploads, but I think Google should simply add video support to Google Docs. Regarding Google Groups, there's a lot of overlap with Google Sites, so these two services could be integrated. You probably noticed that all the files uploaded to a Google Site are actually sent to an automatically-generated Google Group:

Martin Porcheron [PersonRank 10]

15 years ago #

Google Notebook also has a service login:

Also, I've noticed that you can now link a Google App Engine account with a Google Apps account (not sure if this has been mentioned).

Finally, Google have turned some help pages into wikis using Knol:

Philipp Lenssen [PersonRank 10]

15 years ago #

The Apps logo is slightly different from the ("video" is purple instead of blue and a different position). The video formats mentions on the Apps page though are the same as what say they offer (AVI, MPEG, Quicktime, Real, and Windows Media).

Tony Ruscoe [PersonRank 10]

15 years ago #

Looks like launch of this is imminent if TechCrunch is to be believed:

<< This morning Google is launching Google Video for business, a customized video platform aimed at businesses for internal use. Think training vides, HR videos, etc. (anything that isn’t outside facing). The product is included in Google Apps Premier Edition for free, with 3 GB of storage per user account. >>

No word whether it will be available for Google Apps Standard Edition though.

It completely makes sense that Google decided to drop the "YouTube" brand for this venture since it's not got a particularly corporate image.

Tony Ruscoe [PersonRank 10]

15 years ago #

Official press release:

<< Google Video for business is available now in English to Google Apps Premier Edition accounts at no additional cost. Each Google Apps Premier Edition domain gets 3GB of Video storage per user account. Existing Premier Edition administrators can enable Google Video for business immediately from the Google Apps control panel. A version for Google Apps Education Edition customers that allows faculty and staff to upload and share videos with students will be available on September 8 for free trial until March 9, 2009, at which point it will cost $10 per user, per year. >>

Mostafa ND [PersonRank 1]

15 years ago #

[moved from "Video Sharing Goes to Work"]

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