If you use Google Apps for Work, chances are you do not use the Google Contact feature much. It was old, ugly and not real intuitive. This week, Google did a major redesign to Google Contacts. It is a big step forward to make me actually use it more myself!
Besides a few user interface (UI) changes, it also makes it easier to find and remove or merge duplicate contacts. It also makes it easy to create email groups. Using groups is great if you email more than one people from within a company. So for me, when I am emailing one of my clients, I might need to remember 5-6 emails every time. If I setup a group, I just start typing the name of that group, and all parties are included in that email.
I am just digging into anything else I find unique about the new Google Contacts. The only other noticeable change, which can come in handy is the new “conversations” section. If I click on a contact’s name, I can see recent conversations I’ve had with them, instead of searching Gmail for specific emails.
You should be able to preview the new contacts here. If you are not ready to make the switch for whatever reason, you can always revert back to the old Google Contacts.
Now I’m just waiting for Gmail to integrate Contacts & the Calendar within Gmail! It is still a bit disjointed at times without using plugins (aka Labs).