Google translates services to new languages

Google makes its e-mail, IM, and calendaring services available in 17 new languages

Google has translated the private-label e-mail, instant messaging, telephony, and calendaring services it offers Web site operators into 17 new languages.

Other organizations can customize Google's Gmail, Google Talk, Google Calendar, and Google Page Creator services with their own logos and color schemes, so as to offer Google's services under their own brand.

Although the services, collectively called Google Apps for Your Domain, come in several languages, the administrators' control panel allowing Web site operators to personalize them was previously only available in U.S. English. On Tuesday, Google translated the interface into 17 new languages: British English, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Portuguese, Russian, simplified Chinese, Spanish, Swedish, traditional Chinese and Turkish. The language displayed depends on the language preference settings of the Web browser used.

With the private-label version of Gmail, businesses can throw away their mail server, pointing the DNS (domain name system) entry for it to Google's mail servers. Employees then have access to the search and storage features of Google's mail system, but with an address at their company's domain.

Like many other Google services, Google Apps for Your Domain is a beta version. The service is free for now.

Google offers a separate version of the service for educational institutions, under the name Google Apps for Education

At least five companies are using Google Apps for Your Domain, to deliver mail for between 5 and 100 users in the U.S., U.K. and Guatemala, according to testimonies on Google's Web site. Three educational institutions are also cited, in the U.S. and India, with between 300 and 10,000 users.

The administrators' control panel includes functions such as adding and deleting users, identifying when users last logged in, and applying changes to groups of users.

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