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Google Launches Apps Certification Program

samzenpus posted more than 3 years ago | from the look-for-the-seal dept.

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angry tapir writes "Google has launched a program to certify that staffers at Google Apps resellers have specific expertise, knowledge and experience working with the company's hosted collaboration and communication suite. The Google Apps Certification Program will offer badges for various areas of expertise, including Apps deployment, sales, software development and technical support."

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Google Apps (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35298772)

Fuck that shit. Buggy as hell.

Re:Google Apps (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35298838)

Ballmer? Is that you?

Re:Google Apps (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35298850)

Of course it seems that way to you, Mr. Uncertified.

Re:Google Apps (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35307282)

And you can certify that it's not? Mr. Uncertified. It's known Google's entreprise stuff is buggy. Butthurt Google shill?

Re:Google Apps (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35311308)

Way to immediately go off-topic there.

oh no, now they want you to wear a webcam (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35298848)

So they'll have you on video up close and personal, and those clips will be indexed and searchable forever, 300 years from now. The CIA wishes it had as much on file. Maybe that's the real purpose of this program?

Also, it costs $100 just to take the test with 100 multiple choice questions. $100 to score multiple choice! Sounds like another profit center for UsedToDoNoEvil Co.

Question (0)

Even on Slashdot FOE (1870208) | more than 3 years ago | (#35298868)

Can they check those wallpaper packs for viruses? I keep hearing about how if I download wallpapers from the android market, my phone will be infected.

Re:Question (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35298890)

Wrong Google Apps :-)

Re:Question (2)

tlhIngan (30335) | more than 3 years ago | (#35302280)

Wrong Google Apps :-)

Actually, for Android, it's called Google Marketplace for differentiation. And it's not "alternative app stores", it's "alternative marketplaces".

Geez, you'd think with all the Android users out there, they'd at least try to keep their terminology straight.

In iOS, it's called "App Store" to refer to the iTunes App Store. In Android, it's called "Market" everywhere - it's the Google Marketplace, not Google App Store. Even the URL is market.android.com, not appstore.

Re:Question (1)

davester666 (731373) | more than 3 years ago | (#35302996)

Amen. Don't call it an 'app store'. Apple's trying to get a trademark on that phrase.

Re:Question (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35298934)

either you don't listen well or you are listening to idiots. there is no evidence whatsoever of infected wallpaper packs on the android market.
you probably know that, and are just an iDiot, but whatever

Re:Question (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35300132)

Yes there is, retard, it made the news recently.

Re:Question (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35300276)

Link or it didn't happen.

Re:Question (1)

somersault (912633) | more than 3 years ago | (#35301022)

The summary for that story said that those were for wallpapers downloaded from unofficial app stores, not the Android market.. people were downloading the official ones, repackaging and putting on unofficial sources. Now with added malware!

Meet the new boss (1, Funny)

Compaqt (1758360) | more than 3 years ago | (#35298984)

M$ ^H^H Google Certified Profiessional

Chrome. (1)

Seumas (6865) | more than 3 years ago | (#35299038)

I haven't really used Chrome, much. The only time I reach for it is when I want to watch Netflix or something in another browser window, without possibly risking my primary browser crashing or experiencing any problems. Mostly, I've been waiting to make it a bigger part of my life, until they fix the UI (having another button on the top bar for almost every single extension I install is ugly and annoying) and for them to introduce a better tabs solution. Preferably the Panorama stuff Firefox 4.0 uses, but at least an exact copy of the Vertical Tree Tabs that I've used in Firefox for a very long time. The lack of these things prevents me from using it in a serious capacity.

But the last time I launched Chrome, it had a big advertisement for their App store and some specific Apps splashed right across the top, above my bookmarks and previously viewed/most viewed web pages. I found it really distasteful and even if they fix the other things, that would probably be enough to turn me off from using Chrome, now.

Re:Chrome. (1)

drinkypoo (153816) | more than 3 years ago | (#35299302)

the last time I launched Chrome, it had a big advertisement for their App store and some specific Apps splashed right across the top, above my bookmarks and previously viewed/most viewed web pages.

Ugh, it's even worse than that. When you go to add extensions you find yourself in the app store. They added clicks to the basic extension-gathering process in order to show you their store.

I gave up on Chrome when you had to do stupid stuff to make Notscripts work, and then it STILL didn't work as well as Noscript.

Re:Chrome. (1)

Emerssso (865009) | more than 3 years ago | (#35299348)

That's pretty easy to fix. Just click the collapse arrow next to the apps row, and the Collapse arrow next to the Frequently Viewed row, and it will look almost identical to the old page. (However, I agree that it is kinda annoying.) This change is stored and maintained for all new tabs opened afterwards.

Re:Chrome. (1)

bberens (965711) | more than 3 years ago | (#35299626)

If you hover over the horizontal bar on the "home" screen you can even click a little X on the far right side to completely remove the whole section from the UI. I think the GP was talking about the icons to the right of the address bar though. Currently mine has: the Chrome wrench, Adblock, Amazon Wish List, Google Voice, Gmail, Chromey Calculator, Flashblock, and an RSS subscriber tool. The only things I actually *like* having there are: Chrome wrench, google voice, gmail. *shrug*

Re:Chrome. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35300216)

Don't use Flashblock. It's not 100% effective and it doesn't work for other plugins. Go to about:flags and enable 'Click to play' and then turn it on under Options-UtH-Content-Plugins.

Re:Chrome. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35307726)

Flashblock still gives you the URL, Click to play doesn't. Anyway NoScript for Firefox does scripts, Flash, Silverlight etc., (but if you use NoScript don't use Flashblock because NoScript already does what Flashblock does, plus it conflicts with Flashblock).

Re:Chrome. (1)

somersault (912633) | more than 3 years ago | (#35301068)

I've been using "Incredible StartPage", presumably since before all of that happened. The Chrome homepage was nice, but I wanted it to be more configurable..

Re:Chrome. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35299844)

Why I still use firefox.

- I like having that home icon, I use it all the time.
- I like the easy search, just by entering the "/"
- I like that little dropdown thing on the upper right, which allow me to go to wikipedia, or amazon, or whatever.

Re:Chrome. (1)

somersault (912633) | more than 3 years ago | (#35301158)

What? Chrome has a home icon. I never use home anyway, I just use New Tab (ctrl-t) and often ctrl-w to close tabs I don't want. Ctrl-number to switch tabs if I really don't want to use the mouse.

Re:Chrome. (1)

walterbyrd (182728) | more than 3 years ago | (#35304694)

I don't see any home icon. I see a reload page, a stop, and back and forth arrows. No little house icon, or anything else like that.

Re:Chrome. (1)

somersault (912633) | more than 3 years ago | (#35306384)

I just have back, forward, reload (changes to stop when a page is loading) and home.

Ah okay, go to Options, and click "show home button on the tool bar". Simples.

Re:Chrome. (1)

DaVince21 (1342819) | more than 3 years ago | (#35311330)

until they fix the UI (having another button on the top bar for almost every single extension I install is ugly and annoying)

They fixed this. You can drag a small area to the left of the extension icons to reduce the area where icons are shown, so you can only make, say, 3 icons appear and the rest appears in a collapsed menu next to it.

and for them to introduce a better tabs solution.

In about:flags, you can change a setting that makes the tabs appear to the left of your browsing session, much like a side bar.

Re:Chrome. (1)

DaVince21 (1342819) | more than 3 years ago | (#35311336)

Addendum: there's also a "Hide button" option for extension icons now. Just right-click on it.

Google has had an apps cert for a long time (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35299680)

I suppose this is a new apps cert. But, just to be clear, google has had an apps cert for several months at least.

http://edutraining.googleapps.com/

Google certs are confusing.

They needed this a long time ago (2)

dave562 (969951) | more than 3 years ago | (#35304902)

Check out this thread in their support forum regarding the effectiveness of their support.

http://www.google.com/support/forum/p/Google+Apps/thread?hl=en&tid=384dd0d72db87c6d [google.com]

In short, support for Google Apps is hit and miss with the majority of the cases being a miss. Google seems to have zero interest in supporting their product, so they foist the responsibility off on the resellers. The problem is that the resellers run into the same problems as everyone else, and they have to rely on Google for support. Since Google is not really interested in offering support, it is a viscious cycle.

Re:They needed this a long time ago (1)

victorhooi (830021) | more than 3 years ago | (#35305266)

heya,

*vicious*.

I can't speak for their paid support, but yeah, I have to agree, their email and forum support is a bit hit and miss. I just assumed that was because I was on Apps Standards.

Cheers,
Victor

Buff up your resume for a mere 5 altraillin quid (1)

johncandale (1430587) | more than 3 years ago | (#35308030)

Hey you, yeah you, the freshman in your 3d year at the local JC. You too can get hired by a company on the edge, all you need is this Google cert. on your resume, a mere 100 a test.

Channel partners interested in having staffers certified need to buy a special, $US45 webcam from Google and pay $100 per person who takes the test. The tests, which last several hours and consist of multiple-choice questions, are monitored live by a Google representative through the webcam. Results are computed as soon as the test is over. Those who pass, receive via e-mail a diploma and access to an official badge graphic. Those who fail are told which areas they need to improve upon.

Because you know, those cisco and M$ certs are looking dusty.

Said part is this usually actually works, because managers that hire know dickins about IT tech and it makes them feel comfortable

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