In June, Google announced a more power connected platform for search within Google Apps. This was the long awaited announcement for its post Google Search Appliance product. An early adaptor program and announcement at BoxWorks were the only public acknowledgement since that announcement. This week, Google has finally made the product generally available.
Described as using”Machine Learning”, this product sets the stage for a future direction of search within Google Apps. Users of Google Now are going to be unimpressed with the current knowledge and assist cards. The big feature is that you do get search across your Google Apps content (Mail, Drive, Sites and Calendar). Something that heavy users of GSuite have been wanting for quite some time.
I am still waiting for an iOS version of the app but here are some of its key features:
Cloud Search honors the sharing permissions for files and other resources. This means you only see results for which you have access to.
Cloud Search will roll out over the next few weeks to GSuite Business and Enterprise Customers. The Early Adaptors will have access through March.