As you know, Google has a lot of apps. out there. Most of the time they are working, occasionally, as seen on Tuesday with Gmail's outage, they fail. So, Google has decided to make available the Google Apps Status Dashboard. With this, you can check the status of the apps, such as service disruptions of service outages. This will be excellent when problems are encountered and users are unsure if its a problem on their end or Google's end. This is definitely another piece of the Google Operating System.