Google has launched Google Apps Labs, an experimental area that will enable Google Apps for Your Domain
customers to place add-ons into popular Google hosted applications. These third-party applications will need to be added by the domain administrator of a Google Apps-enabled domain.
Google has thrown out 3 Labs add-ons as a demonstration of the type of functionality available from using Apps Labs including: Google Code Reviews
, which will enable software developers to collaborate on code; Google Short Links
, which makes it possible to shorten URLs; and Google Moderator
, an app that allows you groups to have an online home for a question and answer portal.
It remains to be seen how popular it will be to create third-party add-ons for Google Apps, but it is refreshing to see Google open up and allow for the possibilities to be manifested.