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Mountain View has finally begun offering its popular Google Groups feature to its enterprise Apps Premier and Education Edition punters.

Until yesterday, when the company announced the move, many paying customers had grumbled about the lack of Google Groups within corporate and academic versions of Google’s nascent online suite of apps, which rivals Microsoft’s Office.

The world’s largest ad broker acknowledged the need for what it described as being one of its “most widely used applications” by bringing Google Groups - which is effectively a collaborative email tool - in from the cold.

Google said firms and organisations would be able to use Groups as mailing lists, as well as the ability to share documents, spreadsheets, presentations, calendars, videos and sites with a bunch of people, rather than just individual email recipients.

Sys admins have to activate Google Groups from the Google Apps’ admin control panel first, but after that they can pretty much sit back and eat doughnuts, wrote Mountain View’s Rajen Sheth in a blog post.

“Google Groups is a boon for IT administrators too. After enabling the new service from the administrative control panel (add ‘user-managed groups’), users can start managing their own groups without burdening administrators for support.”

Of course, astute administrators “can still set group policies and manage other group settings”, added Sheth. ®

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