Join Jess Stratton for an in-depth discussion in this video Differences between Gmail and Gmail for Google Apps, part of Gmail Essential Training.
- Gmail is the product name for the free email account you can get with Google. Gmail that comes with a Google apps for business is a separate product in which a company can pay per email account and have a custom email address with their domain, such as username at your domain dot com. For example, if I click on the avatar icon on top right hand side of the screen, I can see that this email address ends with @gmail. This is a free Google email address. I can also see the Google logo on the top left hand side of the screen which is another visual notification.
Let's head over to this tab where I'm signed in with a Google Apps for Business Account. If I click the avatar on the top right hand side of the screen I can see that while this is the Gmail interface the email address ends with a personal domain. I can also see a logo in the top left hand side of the corner. This replaces the Google logo. It's any company that uses a Google Apps for Business account can customize that logo. You'll also get some more options and flexibility in modules like Contacts, such as the ability to share contacts with other people in your organization.
These accounts are usually managed by a company administrator who can control any user restrictions and also set up new email accounts. Another visual aspect is by clicking on the avatar icon on the left hand side again and you can see that the account is managed by a company. There are different versions of Google Apps also. There's one for businesses, schools, or government organizations. If this sounds like a product that would suit your needs, rather than the free Gmail account, you can sign up for a free trial to Google Apps and investigate more about it by pointing your browser to apps.google.com\products.
- Changing themes and inbox types
- Composing and sending messages
- Replying to email
- Inserting images and attachments
- Labeling and filtering email
- Creating filters to automatically process messages
- Adding additional email accounts to Gmail
- Creating contacts and contact groups
- Initiating text and video chats
- Using keyboard shortcuts
- Accessing Gmail on a mobile device