We knew it was coming when Google’s Vic Gundotra told us it was just “a number of days”, and less than a week later Google has officially announced Google+ for Google Apps users. Apps users will have access to the same features as regular Google+ users and those who have new services set to automatically enable will notice the service become available for all members over the next few days. Apps users will also have the ability to share with everyone in an organization when making a post, opposed to only being able to select to share publicly or with a circle.
You will be able to enable Google+ for your organization or for select members by clicking the “Organization & users” tab, followed by the “Services” sub-tab, and selecting “ON” next to Google+ under “Other Google Services”.
There will also be a migration tool in the next few weeks for those who started using Google+ with a regular Google account and want to switch to their Google apps account. This will allow you to import your ciricles and also allow you to remain in other people’s circles while switching to the new profile. Note: Google+ for Apps users requires Picasa Web Albums and Google Talk for chat services to be enabled.
Here’s the Admin video on how to enable your org:
As part of the announcement, Google also gave a list of Google Apps for Education universities that are rolling out Google+ to their campuses:
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Abilene Christian University American University in Cairo (Egypt) Arizona State University AT Still University Boise State University Central Piedmont Community College Dublin City University (Ireland) ESSEC Business School (France) Leeds Metropolitan University (United Kingdom) Loughborough University (United Kingdom) Saint Louis University Strathmore University (Kenya) Universidad Panamericana (Mexico) University of Ferrara (Italy) University of Maryland Baltimore County University of Minnesota University of Notre Dame University of Pavia (Italy) University of Portsmouth (United Kingdom) University of Washington Vanderbilt University Wake Forest University