Definitely a serious challenge on the part of Google. If this takes off the only MS response I see is them releasing a free lite version of Office?
It seems the Premier Edition is priced at $50 per user.
1 - Did anyone get hit by Adwords' "technical glitch" last Friday which massively increased bids across the board?
2 - Ever use the MCC to schedule a report to be sent to 1 client and discover the report goes to all MCC clients?
3 - Anyone having problems getting their GAP profile URL to display fine in Firefox but not in IE? ("G engineers are aware of the problem" - apparently)
Google programmers are very good but they're not Gods.
Any small business trusting that it's mission-critical documents were 100% safe in Google's hands deserves to go bust.
engine, isn't that per year?
[google.com...] is a 404 right now. What was the uptime guarantee?
URL working for me.
|bloke in a box|
|** The 99.9% uptime guarantee for Gmail is offered to organizations using Google Apps Premier Edition |
$50 / user / year with ads being optional.
Looks like the start of a pretty neat package to me!
|Looks like the start of a pretty neat package to me! |
Looks to me like the start of a shift from an advertising model to a subscription model.
The implications of that are pretty far reaching.
Google are absolutely at the top of their game at the moment. This sounds like a sweet package.
All Google has to do now is increase their credibility in handling security and storage issues. Remember a few weeks ago some users from Gmail had all their data deleted because of a security glitch.
If Google can have a year or two without anymore of those scandals, they might get some really nice revenue from big corps.
Good move by google, But the current offering is not adequate for corporate customers, IMHO they should acquire a existing web based productivity vendor (like zoho).
Oh I like this, you can create pdf documents. This is real great for a business who has multiple users who are creating pdf files. This will save some big $$$ on licensing fees per computer.
If you have uses who need to make typical PDFs, look at:
Think about this. Your a CFO and your going to put your email, spreadsheets, documents, etc... on Google's servers? For them to look over and do whatever they please with (check the license agreement, it's the same as the toolbar, gmail, adwords, adsense, etc...They can use whatever data they want, just not make it personally identifiable). Some companies may be that stupid, some may just want to say "we use google, were cool too", most will not. It will take G years to get any significant market share (like maybe 1% per year) while Microsoft will wipe out large chunks of G's search market share in that same period of time. As well, G's pathetic attempt at customer support lags way behind what Microsoft or IBM can offer.
From the terms of service:
|In no event will Google or its licensors be liable for any indirect, special, incidental, consequential, exemplary or punitive damages, including but not limited to damages for lost data, lost profits, lost revenue or costs of procurement of substitute goods or services, however caused and under any theory of liability, including but not limited to contract or tort (including products liability, strict liability and negligence), and whether or not such party was or should have been aware or advised of the possibility of such damage and notwithstanding the failure of essential purpose of any limited remedy stated herein. |
In no event will Google's and/or its licensors' liability for any claim arising out of this agreement (when aggregated with Google's liability for all other claims arising out of this agreement) exceed the net amount Google has actually received and retained under the agreement during the twelve (12) months immediately preceding the date on which such claim arises.
I reformatted from all caps to sentence case and also added a paragraph break for easier reading.)
So, I hope *everyone else* entrusts their financial data to their spreadsheet app. :)
You mean you would actually trust the same guys who never get anything else right to program a spreadsheet engine? The same guys who roll out everything without adequate testing? Adwords is their goldmine, but they roll out changes that break all the time. And 2+2 equals? They had so much trouble maintaining a page count that they just dropped the display! Tell that to the IRS.
Security? Think gmail.
And wait until they apply a hotfix globally to all spreadsheets in the repository. Spreadsheets that used to work all of a sudden don't. Better get 'em on the phone. Oh, um, that would be support email. Maybe in a few days.
Ok, who wants to buy my bridges? How about some vacation property?
security, as some have mentioned, is G's #1 issue: Why would a company trust them--or any online company for that matter--with their most secret info?
On the other hand we have trusted Microsoft App's to do a very similar thing for years. If you read their TOS agreement it clearly takes no responsibility for loosing content.
Especially back in the old day's when exchange first arrived. If you had a mailbox over 500MB you risked loosing your data at any moment.
If anything we should be wondering how Microsoft will react to this. I am sure they are still in meetings at this time talking about it.
i heard our friend john battelle [pubcon.com] quoted on this subject on local public radio [marketplace.publicradio.org] today.
|Oh I like this, you can create pdf documents. This is real great for a business who has multiple users who are creating pdf files. This will save some big $$$ on licensing fees per computer. |
openoffice has had it for years now.
I see far more "pros" than "cons" with this move. The flexibility the web affords to create docs, spreadsheets, and PDF's (yes I am aware of open office) for a small company independent of location/hardware is a great plus. In my situation there are only 2 of us, and Google Apps lets us share contacts, calendar events, partener page and the gMail interface is tops in my opinion. $50/user is affordable, and as far as security goes, who has zero security issues? Anyone? Ever!?
Should we, as developers be pushing the "who would trust Google" angle? If the general public comes to think of Google as being unable to secure files/sites/privacy/information, how are we going to convince companies to trust applications that we write for them?
|while Microsoft will wipe out large chunks of G's search market share in that same period of time. |
What history is this assumption based on? MSN Search (now Live) has been loosing market share consistently over the past three years.
This is what people are talking about their support ->
We switched our mail server to Google Apss's GMail last Friday and today many of our clients are reporting that they are seeing our emails in their JUNK folder, instead of going in the Inbox. We do have proper SPF records.