As always, Google is adding important updates to our Google Apps. Today's updates, in particular, are pretty cool and a big help in productivity...
The first update is to Contacts, the most lacking (IMHO) but also the most rapidly evolving of Google's Apps. Google now allows you to search all of the fields of your contacts rather than just the name and email field. The obvious advantages: Now you can search by company, by phone number, or any snippit you can remember.
Bonus: If you've enabled contact sharing in your organization, you can search across the organization for contacts. Very nice.
Google also updated the Offline access in Gmail for both Apps (soon) and Gmail to version 0.2. Instead of only being able to turn it off an on, you can now control what attachments get downloaded and which don't. This is a rolling update and not all accounts have this option (one of my accounts does and one doesn't).
Obvious advantages here include keeping your Offline Firefox or Chrome database size small and keeping your offline Gmail snappy.
Bonus: Today Gizmodo found out that people ask Google some pretty weird stuff.
I laughed, I cried, it was better than Cats.
This story, "Google Contacts, Gmail Get More Productive" was originally published by Computerworld.