No Gmail? No Worries
One of the very cool things about cloud offerings is how easily people can collaborate with each other. In today’s post I am going to talk about registering a non Gmail email address with Google so that you can take advantage of a number of their key cloud applications for free.
Most people think that to get access to Google Calendars, custom Google Maps, Google Drive and the host of Google Office tools you needed to open a Gmail account. Not true. You only need to do that if you wish to have Gmail email address. You can associate an existing email address with a Google login.
In the demo video I created I used an email account I created on my domain called firstname.lastname@example.org
This email address had nothing to do with any Google related. Here are the steps I took to enable this with Google.
- Open your preferred Internet Browser (I used Chrome in this example) and go to https://accounts.google.com/signup
- Fill in your details. be sure to click on the link that says “I prefer to use my current email address“
- Enter your email address (in my case I used email@example.com“
- You will need to put your mobile number in the last bit. This will send you a once of SMS with a security code you need to enter on the web page. It is a form of security to make sure you are who you say you are.
- Once you have verified your identity an email will be sent to the email address you supplied. Open the email up and you will have link in it. This is the last step to confirm the creation of your Google account.
Now why would you want to go to all this trouble? Once you have an account registered you can then do lots of things. You can share calendars with other Google users. You can set up and share folders within Google Drive. You can work with many people who are logged in via Google. If you use Chrome then your favourites and history list will follow you from computer to computer (as long as chrome is installed).
As you can see there are many reasons for doing this.
My next article will talk about how you can use Outlook.com to achieve the same results but using Microsoft cloud offerings.by