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Google Overview

What is Google Documents?

Google Documents, or Google Docs, allows you to store and share documents such as text files, presentations, and spreadsheets. You can import existing documents or create new ones in Google Docs. Most file formats are accepted, including DOC, XLS, PPT, and RTF. Documents can be published as Web pages, or published in a blog. All files can be accessed from almost any computer with an Internet connection and are therefore safe from local hard drive failures. With Google Docs, you have control over what documents others can see or edit, what documents are only for review, and what documents remain private. Shared documents can be edited in real time by collaborators, even simultaneously.

For more information, visit http://www.google.com/support/a/users/bin/topic.py?topic=10825 or http://www.google.com/google-d-s/intl/en/tour1.html.

What is Google Gmail?

Gmail offers 6.8 GB of storage, the ability to archive and search email, the ability to set filtering rules, powerful spam-blocking with reporting capabilities (for spam that manages to enter your inbox), mobile email access, the integration of chat through Google Talk, and many other features. Gmail also offers the ability to search the Web—on the same page as your email inbox.

Gmail is one of the largest Webmail systems in the world. Powered by Google™, it was first unveiled in March 2004 and has gained popularity over the last four years. Winner of Forbes Magazine's Best Web-Based Computer Applications For Small Business in September 2006, we hope it will become a valuable extension of your Drexel accounts.

For more information, visit

http://services.google.com/apps/resources/overviews/welcome/topicWelcome/index.html or http://mail.google.com/mail/help/intl/en/about.html.

Activate Your Gmail Account Today!

Login at http://accounts.drexel.edu and select the "Activate Now" link for "gLink by Google." Once the account is activated, use the link below to check your email: http://mail.glink.drexel.edu.

What is Google Talk?

Google Talk is a free instant messenger client that friends, family, and classmates can use to keep in touch anywhere in the world. Through Google Talk, you can transfer files and leave voice mails. Voice chat PC-to-PC is also available. If you use Google Music Trends, you can also display your music status with Google Talk.

Google Talk is not yet compatible with Mac or Linux systems, but other IM clients, such as Pidgin and Psi, are able to connect with Google Talk on both the Mac and Linux operating systems. For more information, visit http://www.google.com/talk/about.html.

What is Google Start Page?

Google Start Page is a customizable page where you can view your calendar, surf the Web, or add new, informative gadgets from the thousands available around the Web. From the Start Page, you can also preview your Gmail inbox and your Google Docs. Page layouts are customizable and therefore allow you to express your personality.

The Start Page supports the following browsers for Windows and Mac: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Safari, Netscape, and Opera.

For more information, visit http://www.google.com/a/help/intl/en/users/start_page.html. To pick up @gLink.drexel.edu accounts, go to http://accounts.drexel.edu.