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Google Beefs Up Online Storage for Apps for Education

Google is increasing the amount of storage it provides to institutions that use its free Apps for Education platform.

Google Apps for Education is the widely deployed, free, hosted application suite that includes communications tools like as Gmail, voice and voice chat, Google Calendar, and instant messaging; collaboration apps, such as Google Docs, Google Sites, and Google Groups; and various administration features and APIs for integration with existing systems. According to a Google spokesperson, there are "12 million students, faculty and staff actively using Google Apps for Education" at present.

According to a blog post today, e-mail storage space for Apps for Education users is being increased from 7 GB to 25 GB for each mailbox. Mailboxes for current users will be expanded automatically "over the course of the next few weeks."

Google also highlighted 25 recent institutional additions to its hosted service, including eight school districts and 17 colleges, universities, and business schools.

New K-12 school districts using Google Apps include:

New post-secondary organizations using Google Apps include:

Additional details about Google Apps for Education can be found on the signup page.

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David Nagel is the executive producer for 1105 Media's online K-12 and higher education publications and electronic newsletters. He can be reached at dnagel@1105media.com. He can now be followed on Twitter at http://twitter.com/THEJournalDave (K-12) or http://twitter.com/CampusTechDave (higher education). You can also connect with him on LinkedIn at http://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=10390192.

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