News Corp migrates first users to Google Apps

'Google Expos' to help ease transition

News Corp Australia has migrated its first major group of users to Google Apps. In an email sent to staff yesterday, chief technology officer Tom Quinn wrote that 180 technical team members had been migrated to the new platform.

"Over the next few weeks we will start to ramp up our Google Apps deployment, starting with the early adopters and Google Guides," the CTO wrote.

"This group will be integral to the success of the Google initiative by helping to test how Google Apps integrates with other tools they use in their day-to-day roles. We are looking forward to this next phase, with approximately another 1,000 employees joining our Google movement."

News Corp will hold a series of "Google Expos" in major capital cities, starting in the middle of next month.

"This will be your opportunity to see Google Apps in action; particularly how these new tools will work for you in the office, home and on your mobile devices," Quinn wrote.

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Quinn revealed last month that licensing Google Apps will cost News Corp $700,000 a year.

The Australian reported in March that News Corp employees would dump Microsoft Outlook for Gmail and Google Calendar, and down the track potentially use Google Drive and Google Hangouts.

In 2012, News Corp rival Fairfax revealed it would shift to Google Apps for Business as part of the company's part 'Fairfax of the Future' transformation program.

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