Google is offering Groups to its enterprise Google Apps Premier and Education Edition customers, the company announced late Tuesday.
As one of the search giant's "most widely used applications," the addition of Google Groups allows users to more effectively collaborate with others within the workplace.
According to Google, companies will be able to use Groups "as mailing lists, but they can also share documents, spreadsheets, presentations, calendars, videos and sites with groups, instead of many individual recipients." The app will allow those users to receive messages in their in-box or in the Groups forum view. Group managers will be able to send messages on behalf of the entire group. All discussions, files, and other content is archived and searchable, Google said.
IT administrators will need to activate Google Groups from Google Apps' administrative control panel. Once complete, users will be able to manage their own groups without requiring IT-administrator approval. That said, administrators can still set group policies and manage group settings.
Google Apps Premier and Education Edition customers can try out Google Groups now.