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Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Introducing Video and Audio to Gtalk!

Instant messaging using Gtalk is a convenient and efficient way to communicate with your peers. Starting today you will be able to have audio and video chat sessions with Gtalk. All you need is a web-cam and you can start video chatting with coworkers on Fordham Gmail The feature comes as video communication grows in popularity; many of the latest lines of laptops, for example, come with built-in web-cams. Having a meeting with a colleague/coworker demoing a new product, you can allow communications to continue in person without the expense of traveling there. Fordham Gmail voice and video chat lets you start a video chat without switching to another application or signing up for another account. And if you don’t have a web-cam, you can simply chat by voice.  

To get started, open a Gmail chat window, click on the "More" menu at the right-hand corner, and choose "Add voice/video chat," which will walk you through a one-time installation of a free plug-in (a quick 2 MB download). 

To use voice and video chat, your PC must have Windows XP or a more recent version, or an Intel-Based Mac with Mac OS X v10.4 or later. It works in browsers that support the latest version of Gmail (Google Chrome, Firefox 2.0+, Internet Explorer 7.0, and Safari 3.0).
For more information on Google hangouts, consult the help section in the software or review it here.

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Groups & Sites Are Here!

Finally, we can welcome Groups and Sites to our Fordham Google Apps domain to everyone! But that is not all. We have plans to release other apps, Blogger, Hangouts, Picasa, and more. Visit our blog and stay tuned for release dates coming soon.

If you have used Google Groups and Google Sites before, you will enjoy that same functionality with your account. If you haven't, visit the Groups and Sites overview pages to find out more.

Groups are a good tool to stay in touch with people that share your same interests or, even better, it is the perfect tool to stay in touch with your peers, keep track of current activities, and work with others on day-to-day tasks.

But the fun doesn't stop there. With Google Sites you can create your own webpages.  You don't need to know HTML and yes, there are templates that help you put up a page within minutes.  You can create a page and collaborate with your team or organization. You can even create a page to publish your ideas.

Groups and Sites are part of Google Core Apps. Core Apps are those apps covered by Fordham University’s existing Google Apps terms of service, and this agreement specifically covers the following applications: Gmail, Calendar, Drive (Docs), Groups, Sites, and Talk (Chat).

To enable Groups and Sites on your Fordham Google Apps Domain account, read the Fordham Policy on the Use of Google Sites and Groups.

Group facts:

  1. Access to groups with a account.
  2. Anyone with a account can create a group.
  3. The suffix a"_pub" will be automatically added to the group name.  Example:
  4. accounts can be members of a group.