Global Digital Creative Agency Fred & Farid Replaces Macs with Chromebooks

Global Digital Creative Agency Fred & Farid Replaces Macs with Chromebooks

24th June 2014 - by Google Enterprise Blog

A move to the cloud and Chromebooks by Paris and Shanghai based independent Digital Creative Group, Fred & Farid Group has made collaboration a cinch. Hangouts mean they don't even have phone lines in their offices any more and they think less about downloading stuff to hard drive and more about sharing information in the cloud, which has got to be good news for a company in the Creative Industry.
Welsh schools are going Google

Welsh schools are going Google

29th May 2014 - by Google Enterprise Blog

Our look at Worldwide Gone Google Stories from the Google Enterprise Blog. Gowerton School with 1,135 students migrated students and educators from on-premise email to Gmail and Google Apps.
Protecting Google Apps customers and their businesses

Protecting Google Apps customers and their businesses

29th May 2014 - by Google Enterprise Blog

Millions of businesses trust Google to keep their data safe including mandatory HTTPS connections to secure user access to Gmail and protect email messages as they move to Gmail servers implemented earlier this year. Now they've added even more business-friendly features for Google Apps Business, Government and Education customers.
Refractiv writes the Script for tomorrow's educators

Refractiv writes the Script for tomorrow's educators

7th May 2013

Refractiv, one of Yorkshire's leading IT services providers, hosted a training session on the potential of Google Apps Script at the two day Google in Education North of England summit last weekend.
Plugging the gApps

Plugging the gApps

29th April 2013

Refractiv celebrates a year of its innovative Google Apps tips website at Buy Yorkshire 2013
AccentHansen open their doors to Google

AccentHansen open their doors to Google

19th April 2013

AccentHansen, part of the HansenGroup, have over 40 years experience of designing, manufacturing and installing steel and glass doors in the UK and beyond. With the help of Refractiv, a leading UK Google Apps Reseller, the Manchester based steel and glass door specialists, have switched to Google Apps almost overnight, reducing costs and supporting a number of their 'lean business' initiatives.
Google Apps succeeds in clinical trials

Google Apps succeeds in clinical trials

19th March 2013

Formedix, a leading provider of clinical trial automation software and consultancy services, has recently made a successful move to Google Apps for Business.
Recruitment group Randstad Chooses Google Apps

Recruitment group Randstad Chooses Google Apps

17th January 2013 - by Google Enterprise Blog

Our look at Worldwide Gone Google Stories from the Google Enterprise Blog. Randstad, the Netherlands-based global provider of HR services and the second largest staffing organization in the world explains how Google Apps means their 29,000 employees can do things that weren't possible before.
Ford Dealership drives into the Cloud

Ford Dealership drives into the Cloud

17th December 2012

Refractiv recently helped Ford Main Dealer, Paynes of Hinckley, transform their e-mail and internal communication by implementing Google Apps for Business.
More than just beer in Prague!

More than just beer in Prague!

29th November 2012

The Czech Republic is famous for its beer production and consumption but in October it hosted an altogether more mind expanding event.
Google introduces larger Hangouts

Google introduces larger Hangouts

16th November 2012

A Google Hangout is a great way to collaborate with colleagues face to face, and now you can invite even more people into one.
Virtual Language Keyboards in Gmail

Virtual Language Keyboards in Gmail

11th October 2012

Google have launched a new languages feature in Gmail. Users can now type in up to 75 languages on a series of virtual keyboards.
Google bar updated

Google bar updated

15th June 2012 - by Mark Williams, Senior Consultant

The new Google bar has started rolling out to all Google Apps users, introducing a cleaner look and more screen space.
Gmail is now available in Welsh

Gmail is now available in Welsh

7th June 2012 - by Mark Williams, Senior Consultant

Google have announced that Gmail is now available in Welsh and Latin American Spanish, bringing the total number of supported languages to 56.
The Roche Group goes Google

The Roche Group goes Google

30th May 2012 - by Google Enterprise Blog

Our look at Worldwide Gone Google Stories from the Google Enterprise Blog. The Roche Group, a leader in research-focused healthcare with combined strengths in pharmaceuticals and diagnostics, is using Google Apps to combat platform interoperability issues.
New Research Pane in Google Docs

New Research Pane in Google Docs

16th May 2012 - by Mark Williams, Senior Consultant

Google Docs has received a nice improvement, a fact finding pane that allows users to conduct research using a Google Search inside a Google Document.
Every silver lining has a cloud

Every silver lining has a cloud

14th May 2012 - by Ian Weatherhogg, Chief Technical Officer

I was chatting to a key client today who hasn't yet embraced Google Docs. He said "We're power users of Word and Excel, so it's really not going to happen."
See what it's like to go Google, in 1 minute

See what it's like to go Google, in 1 minute

10th May 2012

The latest Google blog includes a short video perfectly summarising why so many companies and individuals are choosing Google Apps to improve their business and personal lives.
D-Link connects employees with Google Apps

D-Link connects employees with Google Apps

8th May 2012 - by Google Enterprise Blog

Our look at Worldwide Gone Google Stories from the Google Enterprise Blog. D-Link, a global leader in providing network connectivity solutions to small and medium businesses, is using Google Apps to connect it's workforce in over 90 offices worldwide.
Johnston Press aims high with Google Apps

Johnston Press aims high with Google Apps

4th May 2012 - by Google Enterprise Blog

Our look at Worldwide Gone Google Stories from the Google Enterprise Blog. Johnston Press, a leading local newspaper publisher in the UK, has just announced a bold plan to transform its sales operations - with a little help from Google Apps for Business
Google Drive: the newest member of Google Apps

Google Drive: the newest member of Google Apps

24th April 2012 - by Mark Williams, Senior Consultant

The rumour mill has been rife recently about Google Drive, a cloud storage solution built right into Google Apps. We've not been allowed to talk about it, but now the covers are off and Drive is Live.
A note about Google's new privacy policy

A note about Google's new privacy policy

1st March 2012 - by Mark Williams, Senior Consultant

As you may have heard, today sees the launch of a new, simplified Google privacy policy. This policy does not affect Google Apps for Business users, and nothing has really changed, but it's worth exploring further.
Google Apps Tips

Google Apps Tips

25th February 2012 - by Ian Weatherhogg, Chief Technical Officer

We were sharing Gmail tips with each other recently and lamented the fact that we didn't all know all the nifty tricks and hints. It left us thinking - wouldn't it be brilliant if there was a site full of tips across all areas of Google Apps, that we could share and discuss with each other and with the wider Google Apps community?
Connect Yorkshire migrate to Google Apps

Connect Yorkshire migrate to Google Apps

17th February 2012 - by Mark Williams, Senior Consultant

Connect Yorkshire, a not-for-profit company that helps businesses in Yorkshire and the Humber with debt/equity funding, has switched from Microsoft Office 365 to Google Apps for Business.
Google Docs Styles Improved

Google Docs Styles Improved

10th February 2012 - by Mark Williams, Senior Consultant

The new Styles feature in Google Docs lets you customise the look of headings and text in your document directly from your toolbar.
Liquid Accounts switch to Google Apps

Liquid Accounts switch to Google Apps

23rd January 2012 - by Mark Williams, Senior Consultant

Liquid Accounts, market leaders and specialists in Online Accounting Software, has made the transition from Microsoft Outlook 2007 and an internal Exchange server to Google Apps for Business.
Google sets out plans for 2012

Google sets out plans for 2012

22nd December 2011 - by Mark Williams, Senior Consultant

Amit Singh, Vice President, Google Enterprise has blogged today about the roadmap for Google Apps moving into 2012. Focusing on three key areas: cloud, mobile and social, Amit shares his thoughts on plans for next year.
Google Apps Seminar showcases collaboration

Google Apps Seminar showcases collaboration

29th November 2011 - by Mark Williams, Senior Consultant

Last week Refractiv hosted an Executive Briefing on Google Apps for Business. The turnout was excellent and we'd like to thank all who came.
A new look for Google Docs

A new look for Google Docs

25th November 2011 - by Mark Williams, Senior Consultant

Google have rolled out the new design for Google Docs, to match other improvements we have reported recently.
Transforming business with cloud computing

Transforming business with cloud computing

26th October 2011 - by Ian Weatherhogg, Chief Technical Officer

This article was published in September as part of the techmesh techbytes monthly column on the Business Desk website.
Google Apps gets offline capability

Google Apps gets offline capability

17th October 2011 - by Mark Williams, Senior Consultant

We've waited a while for it, but Google has finally launched an offline version of Gmail, Google Calendar and Google Docs. We're already putting it to good use.
Google Docs gets Page Numbers and Count

Google Docs gets Page Numbers and Count

22nd September 2011 - by Mark Williams, Senior Consultant

Google Docs users have long been able to add page numbers when printing documents or saving as a pdf. However, the ability to add a page number and count directly into a document - so that they could be seen on screen - was missing, until now.
Top ten reasons to trust Google Apps with your data

Top ten reasons to trust Google Apps with your data

31st August 2011 - by Ian Weatherhog, Chief Technical Officer

One of the main reasons behind a company move to the cloud is security and reliability. It also happens to be the main objection. So Google have put together ten reasons to trust them with your data.
Google improves Apps interface

Google improves Apps interface

25th August 2011 - by Mark Williams, Senior Consultant

Recently we've seen some really professional improvements to the look and feel of Google Apps. Further evidence that cloud-based systems are constantly evolving, without the need for expensive upgrades.
Google Voice lands in the UK

Google Voice lands in the UK

4th August 2011 - by Mark Williams, Senior Consultant

Since hearing about its impact in the USA, we've been waiting with bated breath for Google Voice here at Refractiv. The latest Google blog has just announced its imminent arrival.
ITV joins media companies that have 'Gone Google'

ITV joins media companies that have 'Gone Google'

1st August 2011 - by Mark Williams, Senior Consultant

The latest Google Enterprise blog announces the decision of ITV to switch from Microsoft to Google. It's worth recounting the press release as it perfectly summarises how Google Apps can transform the way a business works.
Embed Google Documents in Web Pages

Embed Google Documents in Web Pages

12th July 2011 - by Ian Weatherhog, Chief Technical Officer

Using Refractiv's powerful content management system, MySiteAdmin, your website's content can now be dynamically powered from Google Documents and Spreadsheets.
Google Apps vs Office 365 - Google Response

Google Apps vs Office 365 - Google Response

27th June 2011 - by Mark Williams, Senior Consultant

Microsoft has now launched Office 365. In their latest blog Google have shared their perspective, and it's well worth summarising.
To catch-all or not to catch-all, that is the question

To catch-all or not to catch-all, that is the question

11th February 2011 - by Ian Weatherhog, Chief Technical Officer

A "catch all" email address is a mailbox that is configured to receive emails sent to addresses that do not exist in your domain eg ain@refractiv.co.uk. There is debate about the usefulness of a catch-all address, but is it right for your business?
GMail is 46 times more available than Microsoft Exchange

GMail is 46 times more available than Microsoft Exchange

20th January 2011 - by Ian Weatherhogg, Chief Technical Officer

In 2010, Gmail was available 99.984 percent of the time, for both business and consumer users. Google's aim for 2011 is to improve that to 99.99 percent and make GMail as reliable as the dial tone on your landline.
Keep staff working with cloud computing

Keep staff working with cloud computing

6th December 2010 - by Mark Williams, Senior Consultant

Last week wasn't great here in Yorkshire with levels of snow most of us had not seen before, but Refractiv maintained productivity with the help of cloud computing.
techmesh EXPO a Success

techmesh EXPO a Success

5th October 2010 - by Mark Williams, Senior Consultant

The techmesh EXPO at the Royal Armouries in Leeds was a great experience for us, thanks to all those who visited our stand.
Purex goes google

Purex goes google

3rd September 2010 - by Mark Williams, Senior Consultant

Fume extraction specialist Purex International switched to Google Apps with Refractiv.
Refractiv Joins Google Apps Authorised Reseller Program

Refractiv Joins Google Apps Authorised Reseller Program

29th June 2010

As an authorised reseller of the Google Apps™ suite of communication and collaboration tools, Refractiv can provide a full range of services to smooth your transition to Google Apps from legacy email and office solutions, including Microsoft Exchange and Office.