The Google Apps Marketplace launched on March 9th, 2010. Today it’s known as the G Suite Marketplace, though the intent remains the same.
It’s designed to be an online store for enterprise-level apps that can be used by individuals, organizations, or businesses to bolster native Google Cloud apps like Gmail, Google Drive, Google Calendar, and others. Thanks to the Marketplace, users can get the benefit of third-party apps alongside Google apps.
More than five million businesses use G Suite and cloud collaboration today.
Have a Google Account? Enter the Marketplace
If you have a Google account, you can browse and install apps straight from the marketplace. Do note that the G Suite Marketplace apps have both free and paid apps. Many paid apps offer free trials that makes them easy to test.
For team productivity, you can try G Suite with a free trial for 14 days. G Suite administrators can also manage the apps for their organization’s users via the Google Admin console.
There are three ways to browse apps in the store:
- Drill down to a category or sub-category of apps from the sidebar. For instance, Productivity > Office Applications. Major categories include Business Tools, Productivity, Education, Communication, and Utilities.
- Scroll down the page to see some other ways to browse through the marketplace. They include: Most Popular, Top Rated, or New and Notable apps. For instance, you can view apps that work with Google Drive.
- Use the Search bar at top to search by app or company name.
Each app comes with an average rating given by the subset of its users. Click it to go to a description page where you can get app details, watch a demo video, see user reviews and ratings, and install the app.
Little icons below the app name will tell you the Google tools each app can work with. Also, pay attention to when the app was updated last.
Improving Your Google Productivity
Gmail, Google Calendar, and Google Drive are well-known. But the G Suite Marketplace can introduce you to several new apps that can accelerate your digital productivity. For instance, Mail Merge with Attachments can tackle mass email scheduling in Gmail with different attachments for each recipient. With the right add-ons installed, you can overturn your Google Drive productivity .
Are you a G Suite user? What do you like or hate about it?