Editor's note: We're launching our first Android for Work Live online event to share how Android is transforming the workplace, expanding the business role of mobile devices and helping companies like Guardian Life Insurance Company achieve more with mobility. The event will take place on Wednesday, Nov 4th at 11 am PDT. Register today.

Mobile devices are essential for navigating our personal lives, from buying movie tickets and guiding us to weekend get togethers to helping us take out a home loan. For consumers, it seems that almost anything can be done now using smartphones and tablets. But in business, these devices have only just begun to change the way we work.

When we launched Android for Work earlier this year, we set out to close this gap, by helping companies use Android’s flexibility and choice to make the most of business mobility. Why? Because we see a world where mobility means so much more than mail, calendar and contacts.

This year, more than 10,000 companies are testing or deploying Android for Work, and Frost & Sullivan recently awarded us the 2015 North America Visionary Innovation Award for Mobile Enterprise Productivity. With Android Marshmallow, we’re taking another step in that journey by building out support for deploying Android devices in a host of scenarios – from dedicated employee use to installing customer-facing hardware that makes interactions more dynamic and responsive.

At Android for Work Live, you’ll:

  • Hear from Andrew Toy, product management director for Android for Work, who’ll discuss the broad vision of Android in the workplace and how businesses can mobilize every worker and workflow.
  • Learn how Android’s vast selection of devices – from affordable phones to locked-down hardware and customized devices – creates choice and agility for BYOD, corporate deployments and single-purpose scenarios.
  • Get an in-depth look at how companies can rely on Android’s built-in multi-layered protections to keep business data secure and managed across all devices in an overview from Adrian Ludwig, technical lead for Android security.
  • Hear insights from Android customers, including Guardian Life Insurance Company.

Register for Android for Work Live today and join the conversation on social media using #AndroidforWorkLive15.


What’s in a name? Last September, when we changed our name from Google Enterprise to Google for Work, it wasn’t just about what we call ourselves – it was about what we stand for. We want to build great products that help you with every aspect of your life  including work (where many waking hours are spent).

Enterprise is old business. We believe in a new way of working with collaboration at the core. A world where we work how we choose. Where getting stuff done in the office doesn’t feel like traveling back in time. Where our work tools are just as good or even better than the ones we have in our personal lives.

We bring the best of Google to work. The same cloud computing infrastructure that we use to run our search engine; powerful apps and services to help you get work done  fast; simple, secure platforms to access everything, wherever you are.

While we have much more in store, it’s been a busy year and we’ve hit some great milestones over the last twelve months:

  • More than one million paying organizations are actively using Google Drive, including companies like The New York Times, Uber, Fossil, Wedding Wire and BBVA.
  • Google Apps for Work is proving to be the next generation tool of choice: according to a Better Cloud study, Millennials (aged 18-34) are 55% more likely to use Google Apps than alternatives. It’s cost effective, too: Forrester Research’s Total Economic Impact calculator shows that companies using Google Apps see a 304 percent return on investment.
  • We’ve introduced groundbreaking new services with Google Cloud Platform, such as Nearline and Cloud Bigtable for storage and Kubernetes, an open-source container orchestration system. In total, we’ve added over 30 products to our stack, and our online community has nearly doubled.
  • Chromebooks are now the best-selling device in the US for K-12 education, according to a report from IDC.
  • More than 10,000 companies are testing, trialling and using Android for Work following its launch in February. In July, we added carriers such as AT&T and Verizon to our partner program and introduced a new class of devices for regulated industries, like the Blackphone by Silent Circle and Samsung's KNOX devices.

And the best is yet to come. Cloud computing will continue to get more powerful, and we’re only at the beginning of what machine learning can do to help businesses and people contextualize data.

Imagine an even smarter digital assistant that can surface the information you need at just the right time and help you manage your schedule for stress-free productivity. Virtual reality products, such as Expeditions, are going to help us learn and work in exciting new ways. And finally, more and more of the objects around us will connect to the internet, enabling more efficient information transfer and actionable data for businesses than ever. These advances will affect all aspects of our lives, including work, and the possibilities are great. We’ll keep our focus forward, so that wherever we’re going, we’re always embarking on what’s next.


(Cross-posted on the Official Google Blog.)

At the Bronx Latin School in New York City, teacher Katrina Roman says the topic of ancient history doesn’t usually set students abuzz. But this week, they took a field trip to ancient Aztec ruins using Google Expeditions, a virtual reality teaching tool built with Google Cardboard. Normally, their assignment would involve poring over photocopied photographs, but instead, they stood at the top of Chichen Itza, then examined detailed carvings at Tenochtitlan. Amid “oohs” and “aahhs,” the students shouted out details they noticed and shot hands up to answer Ms. Roman’s questions.
Katrina Roman's class at the Bronx Latin School fills out their assignment after visiting Aztec ruins with Expeditions. The class is part of a history and geography pilot with New Visions for Public Schools.

Starting today, we’re bringing this experience to thousands of schools around the world with the new Expeditions Pioneer Program. During the 2015/2016 school year, we’ll be bringing “kits” containing everything a teacher needs to run a virtual trip for their class: ASUS smartphones, a tablet for the teacher to direct the tour, a router that allows Expeditions to run without an Internet connection, and Google Cardboard viewers or Mattel View-Masters that turn phones into virtual reality headsets. Although nothing replaces hopping on the bus for a field trip, there are some places that are just out of reach (hello, Chichen Itza!). Virtual reality gives teachers a tool to take students places a school bus can't.

To help teachers learn how to use Expeditions, we’ll be visiting thousands of schools around the world and bringing the kit for teachers to use in their classes for the day. Up first: Australia, Brazil, New Zealand, the U.K. and the U.S., followed by more locations as the school year progresses. At each school, our team will show teachers how Expeditions works and help set it up before class.

Right now, teachers can choose from a library of 100+ virtual trips to places like Mars, the Great Barrier Reef and the Great Wall of China. But we’re constantly adding more trips with the help of partners like PBS, educational publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, British documentarian David Attenborough and his production company Alchemy VR, and the Wildlife Conservation Society. We’re also working with The Starfish Foundation to help students explore future careers by showing them a virtual day in the life of professionals including a veterinarian and computer scientist. And to help students achieve those career goals, we’re working with First Lady Michelle Obama to support her Reach Higher initiative by taking students on virtual college tours.

And if you see one of these cars on the road, that's us! The folks at Subaru, who invest in education as part of their Love Promise initiative, have created a fleet of Expedition Pioneer Program rides that we'll be using to bring kits to schools.

If visiting Mars, trekking on the Great Wall of China or exploring what it’s like to work at a veterinarian’s office sounds like something your class would be interested in, head to the Expeditions Pioneer Program site and sign up.


(Cross-posted on the Google Docs Blog.)

Forget fumbling with sticky notes or trying to recall that last item on your to-do list. When you’re trying to capture a moment or remember a task, Google Keep can help. And starting today, the things you love about Keep on the web and Android are now available on iOS:

  • Find what you need, quickly by searching and filtering your notes by color and type like images, audio and text. You can also add labels to help you organize your thoughts.
  • Set time or location-based reminders so you won’t forget to swing by the dry cleaners or miss an item on your shopping list.
  • Do more, together by sharing your notes so you can divvy up the packing list and watch as the items get checked off in real time.

Give the new Keep app for iOS a try (it's rolling out today) and capture what’s on your mind!


Editor's note: Today we hear from Jason Stockwood, CEO of Simply Business, the UK’s biggest business insurance provider and the top-ranked company on The Sunday Times’ list of 100 Best Companies to Work For in 2015. See how Google Apps strengthens the Simply Business team’s valued company culture and gives employees the freedom to explore new ways of working.
Jason Stockwood, Simply Business CEO

Working at five online companies in the last 15 years has taught me that a company’s culture resonates in all things that it does, and that an attractive internal culture will ultimately attract customers as much as it attracts talent. So when our systems administrator, Martin Golder, proposed that we switch Simply Business to Google Apps for Work, I needed to understand how the change would affect our company culture, and feel confident it would have a positive effect on both our people and our business.
Martin Golder, Simply Business Systems Administrator

I quickly gained that confidence as I tested Google Apps out for myself. Gmail and Calendar transformed my work in ways I hadn't expected. For example, over the past twenty years, I’d created a complicated, time-consuming filing system for my email, but I gave it up as I discovered Gmail’s incredibly powerful search function. And the ability to log into a web browser and have full use of my account without going through clunky webmail servers was massively impactful.

Then there was the financial bonus: it cost us £26,000 to implement Google Apps for Work, less than half the price of its competitors.

With our pilot complete and our decision made, we rolled out Google Apps for Work in March with help from Cloud Technology Solutions and a group of our own production champions, including both myself and the staff of our contact centre in Northampton. The buzz that evangelists created really pulled everyone on board, and when we finished our full deployment in May, we could rely entirely on the product champions to step in when questions came up from people across the team.

The time and cost savings of Google Apps goes far beyond the deployment. Our IT team no longer wastes four hours a week maintaining our old email servers, which translates to over £4,000 a year that goes back to the business. They also spend 70 percent less time on helpdesk requests. And the wider team saves nearly 20 minutes each meeting merely by replacing our old meeting room booking process — using phones around the office to check availability of a room — with Calendar.

Using simple but powerful work tools gives our staff the freedom to create new ways to be efficient for our customers. At our Northampton contact centre, two hundred of our staff speak directly to customers every day. In the past, they would take a query, put the customer on hold, ring around to find someone who could help, then go back to the call. Now they use Hangouts to ping each other while customers share their queries, comments and concerns, which is simpler and faster and doesn’t put anyone on hold. The System Administration team, split between London and Northampton, also uses Hangouts for daily discussions, while remote consultants use Hangouts for weekly tech tutorials by streaming video through a Chromebox-linked projector in London.

One month after the rollout, we used Google Forms to survey staff reactions to the new system, and received an overwhelmingly positive response. More than two hundred of our staff have already started to use Drive of their own accord, and next year we’ll make the transition official by moving all of our 1.25 terabytes of files and secure spreadsheets onto the cloud. My advice to anyone considering the switch to Google Apps for Work is just to try it out. You’ll see the benefits immediately. It’s a new, lighter, easier way of working.

Posted by Scott Johnston, Director of Product Management, Google Drive

Security has always been a top priority for Google. It’s no different for Google Drive: so far this year we’ve launched a number of security enhancements, including Information Rights Management (IRM), custom audit alerts, new sharing controls, Password Alert, new password recovery options, Whitelisted Domain sharing and the Security Key.

Earlier this year, the number of paying organizations actively using Google Drive crossed one million, including companies like The New York Times, Uber, Fossil, Wedding Wire and BBVA. To show our ongoing commitment to keeping their work and employees safe, we’re rolling out new updates and features for our customers.

Enhanced eDiscovery with Google Apps Vault

To give businesses even more visibility and control over employee files, Google Drive will offer enhanced eDiscovery capabilities for Google Apps Vault. Retention policies and legal hold capabilities, similar to those currently available for email and chat, have been extended to cover files in Google Drive. These capabilities help you meet your legal obligations and ensure that employee files are archived and available as long as needed, even if employees delete those files from their Drive. These new capabilities are in a limited rollout now, with full availability planned for the coming months.

A new standard for privacy

Over the years we’ve completed third-party SOC2 / SOC3 security audits and achieved ISO 27001 certification to provide transparency and accountability around our security procedures. Today, we’re furthering our commitment to protect your data by adding the new ISO/IEC 27018:2014 privacy standard to our compliance framework. This audit validates our privacy practices and contractual commitments to our customers, verifying for example that we don’t use your data for advertising, that the data that you entrust with us remains yours and that we provide you with tools to delete and export your data.

More secure, even on the go

More and more employees are using phones and tablets for work, and usage of Google Drive on mobile is on the rise. In fact, in January of this year, Google Drive first appeared on ComScore’s list of top 25 mobile apps at number 25, and since then it has climbed to number 16 on the list.1 To protect company data on mobile devices, both company- and employee-owned, we’ve continued to update the Mobile Device Management (MDM) included for our business customers. With mobile device and application management, you can monitor usage, enforce strong passwords and enable device encryption. If an employee phone is lost or stolen, you can wipe all of the data. Or if an employee leaves the company, you can selectively wipe corporate data while leaving personal data untouched.

Today businesses rely on the cloud to make their work more accessible and collaborative than ever, and they also want it to be more secure. We’re committed to making Google Drive the safest place for all of your work.

1 Source: comScore Mobile Metrix, August 2015, U.S.


Nearly a decade ago, we launched Google Apps as an innovative new way for you to collaborate online. Since then, we’ve introduced security innovations like encryption by default, two-step verification, security keys and a security checkup to protect your data. These features underscore our commitment to data protection as outlined in our Google Apps data processing amendment.

Today, we’re furthering our commitment to protect your data by adding the new ISO/IEC 27018:2014 privacy standard to our compliance framework. The new standard provides guidance for cloud providers on protecting the personally identifiable information of their customers and their customers’ users.

Ernst & Young, an independent auditor, has verified that our privacy practices and contractual commitments for Google Apps for Work and Google Apps for Education comply with ISO/IEC 27018:2014. For example:

  • We do not use your data for advertising
  • The data that you entrust with us remains yours
  • We provide you with tools to delete and export your data
  • We protect your information from third-party requests
  • We are transparent about where your data is stored

We continuously work with independent auditors to verify our data protection commitments. For example, over the years we’ve completed third-party SOC2 / SOC3 security audits and achieved ISO 27001 certification to provide transparency and accountability around our security procedures.

The 27018 audit also validates that our Google Apps data protection commitments meet a rigorous international privacy and data protection standard. We think that this a great step forward for both our customers and for the industry. While laws and regulations vary from country to country, the principles set forth in the standard are widely recognized.