Google seems to be the king of the internet today. Everywhere, we see Google and its subsidiaries in the web. It’s even in our phones – the Android operating system is owned by Google as well. You can’t be on the internet without at least using a Google service once.
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Best part is, most of these services are free, and the functionality is enough for most purposes. So then, here are the top 3 most useful Google services for your online business in the UK.
1. Google Docs
The Google Docs Suite has all the basic features of the usual office software, like typing documents (Docs), editing spreadsheets (Sheets), and creating presentations (Slides). To use them, all you need is a Google account. The Google Docs suite feels just like any other office suite, with formatting options, different fonts, formulas for data analysis, animation effects for slides, and many others.
One huge advantage of using the Google Docs suite is in real-time collaboration. You can share documents to each of your team members, and each of them may make any changes to the document. Any changes made are reflected in the document in real time, as the edits are done. This feature lets several people work on different parts of one document. Additionally, the people editing the document don’t even have to be in the same place.
All documents made in the Google Docs suite are automatically saved to Google’s cloud servers. With that, you don’t have to worry much about data loss; you can access your documents from within any device. Security is also not a problem, as you can control who can see and edit your documents.
2. Google Drive
Think of Google Drive as a hard drive in the cloud. It stores all of your important data, documents, presentations, eBooks, etc. It gives you a good backup option for your most important files, even in the free version, which gives you 5GB of space. And just like Google Docs, Drive allows you to control who can access your files. You can set all of them to be accessed only by you, or you may share some files with others.
There’s also an option to create shared folders, where you and other collaborators can upload, delete, and edit files on any device, at any time. It’s really handy for teams working on the same things despite being in different places at once.
3. Google Hangouts
Last but of course not least, you and your team need a fast and reliable mode of communication. This is where Google Hangouts comes in. It’s like Skype, but better, because more people can join in a conversation. For chats, up to 150 people can join, and for video calls, there can be up to 10 people. Audio and video are in HD, so it’s almost as if you’re talking directly to people face-to-face. Plus, it works quite well even on a web browser, so there’s no need to install a separate program. And, of course, Hangouts has a mobile version as well. So whether you’re at a PC or on the go, you can take and make those calls.
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