Young professionals often have multiple projects going on at the same time with multiple Google accounts to keep up with. And most of the time, we’re juggling all of these projects at once; answering an email here, reading a Google doc there, and keeping up with our Google calendars on the side. We don’t have a lot of time to spare, which is why it’s so frustrating when Google automatically signs us out of an account if we try to have more than one open at the same time! Don’t they realize young professionals are great multi-taskers?
It seems that Google has finally caught on. In the next few weeks, they will release a brand new feature that will allow you to login to multiple accounts within the same browser. Right now, you have to keep several browsers open to accomplish this. But when the new feature gets out of the beta stage, you will no longer have to enter, then re-enter your username and password a million times a day.
The feature is a long time coming. Having to switch between accounts a bunch of times in a day may not seem like a big deal, but that time, energy, and effort adds up over the course of a week, or even months. Clicking back and forth between tabs or windows is far less effort than alternating between browsers.
Most of Google’s services will be available under multiple sign-in, but not all. You’ll be able to access Gmail, Reader, Sites, Calendar, Code, and Docs from multiple accounts at the same time, but unfortunately services like Maps and Blogger won’t be available. According to Google Operating System, more services will be added in the future.
And there’s one more caveat. If you turn on multiple sign-in, you can’t use Google’s offline mode.
This multiple sign-in feature will relieve an annoying headache from your day, and that’s something to look forward to!