News in partnership with Google

News Corp Australia has entered a partnership with Google and will move email and calendar platforms from Microsoft Outlook over the next six months.

It is the second major publisher to switch to Google, with Fairfax Media making a similar move in 2012.

News Corp Australia chief technology officer Tom Quinn said the partnership would bring the power of Google Apps to the group.

“We will also be setting the foundations for a wider range of powerful Google tools such as Google Drive and Hangouts,” he said.

“I am excited because Google Apps have the ability to transform the way we communicate and work with one another.

“All of these tools will empower our local and global teams to work more effectively together.”

Employees would receive 30GB of online storage for email or 60 times more storage, while email, calendar and contacts would be accessible from any web-enabled device, without the need for a virtual private network.

Mr Quinn said Google’s email and calendar products were already familiar to many, making the transition easier.

“This is the first step on our journey to Going Google, one that will allow us to select from the extensive Google suite of products to meet our business needs.

“We are committed to providing the best systems and tools available to our employees and Going Google is a great way to strengthen the tools we offer,” Mr Quinn said.

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