As you may have gathered, Google has launched the premier Google Apps service. Google Apps now comes in a free edition and a premier edition; the premier edition is $50/year (compared to Microsoft Live's $24/mo). Apps currently include Gmail, Google Talk, Google Calendar, Docs & Spreadsheets, Page Creator and Start Page. Advantages include tech support, guaranteed uptime, optional rather than required text ads, larger storage, etc.
Here are some resources on the launch:
- Wall Street Journal: "Google Further Tests Microsoft's Domain" - Claims that Google's email and calendar services are "now used by more than 100,000 small businesses."
- TechCrunch: "It’s G-Day: Google Launches Apps Premier" - A detailed roundup that includes links on Google's trust and security issues.
- InformationWeek: "Google Targets Microsoft With Launch Of Business Applications" - Core messages include simplicity and IT support/personnel savings. "General Electric Co. and Procter& Gamble are among the early adopters."
- FranticIndustries: "Google Apps Premier Edition now available" - "Paradoxical as it may seem, the thing I like best about these new product is that it’s not free."
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