Google launches new interface to help small businesses succeed online
Google recently announced the launch of an interface 'Google My Business' to help Indian small and medium businesses (SMBs) succeed online.
Google said the new product, designed to work across both desktop, tablets and mobile devices, will help small and medium businesses to create and update their business info on Google Search, Maps and Google+ from one place for free in both Hindi and English, reports Business Today.
'Google My Business' makes it easier for business to create their online presence even when they don't have a website and manage it from their smartphones, making it easier for customers to get in touch with local businesses when they search for them online, Google said in a statement.
“India is a strategic market for Google and we are committed to invest in solutions that cater to the needs of SMBs in India,” Google Head of Small and Medium Business Sales Suryanarayana Kodukulla told Business Today. He added, “ Globally over 2 million businesses use Google's advertising platform to find potential buyers on internet. We have very ambitious plan of bringing down the barriers that inhibits SMBs in India from embracing the internet.”
Stating that Google is also investing in extending deeper support services through a local partner network and local language call centers, he said that in addition to this to tackle the challenge of lack of awareness around the benefits of internet we are partnering with CII to help create awareness amongst SMBs to accelerate the adoption of internet.
Speaking about the growth of internet in India, Kodukulla told Business Today, India is now the third largest internet market...to get the first hundred million internet users it took ten years, but the second hundred million came in the span of two years that was pretty fast, more interesting thing is in the next one one-and-half years we will get the next hundred million users.
According to the Business Today report, Kodukulla added, that this means in the next year, “we will possibly be the second largest internet market after China, even overtaking the US. That's really fast...”
Google also recently added a new feature in Gmail that lets users edit the corresponding Microsoft Office attachments in emails straight from their mailbox. Now, the Gmail attachments will have an edit button that would automatically convert Office documents to acceptable Google formats.
Google has also increased the number of files formats that can be imported to Docs. Users can now import 15 new Office formats - including presentation files (pps, ppsx), macro-enabled files, and template files - all with improved charts, images, and tables support.