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4:03 pm on Feb 11, 2006 (gmt 0)

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[google.com...]

(Apologies if this is old news)

[news.cnet.co.uk...]

Google has launched a beta for hosted email accounts that feature the user's domain instead of gmail.com.

The hosted Gmail beta, which is going head-to-head with a similar beta that Microsoft launched last year, is offering 2GB of storage, email search tools and a control panel to manage user accounts, aliases and mailing lists, as part of its beta.

The beta is open to businesses, organisations and universities, according to Google's blog site. The search giant points to San Jose City College as one university that is testing hosted Gmail, offering its students email accounts with the domain of jaguars.sjcc.edu.

[edited by: Brett_Tabke at 11:51 am (utc) on Feb. 14, 2006]
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8:19 am on Feb 12, 2006 (gmt 0)

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hmmm...giving Google access to all my company's mail...Although I love the Gmail interface I think that gives them just a bit too much control/data/info. If they'd offer a software package I could host on my own servers I might look at that. However, I'm sure they will not be short of guinea pigs...er, beta testers for this service.
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May be this is their answer to few of questions raised here [webmasterworld.com...]
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Interesting.

I'd welcome a service that allowed me to offer "website members" a free email account IF it was structured in a way that there was revenue sharing for any revenue generated by imbedded ads.

Likewise, if I could use the service to email newsletters to members with accounts within the system, a revenue share would be an incentive to adopt the program.

I would imagine that websites with a targeted market - say, a specific industry, would welcome a third-party supplier of newsletter advertising (and ad revenue) as the selection of ads would be outside the control of the newsletter writer, removing certain issues. It would also remove the management headache.

Opening up another "commercial/b2b" advertising channel around providing businesses with a "free" hosted email solution, one that would have Google's brand and safeguards behind it, would be a smart move.

What I'm describing regarding "bulk mail" would, at least initially, limit the mailings to the other email accounts on the same domain. Next, there would be an opt-in option whereby newsletters could be forwarded to other Google hosted accounts. Next, . .

Is this what they're offering? (Sorry, no time to read, which is stupid. Oh well, stupid it is. :)

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At the end of the day all we want is a pop (or imap) account.

Who wants to be cut off from their email if their provider is down? Not me..

All that gmail technology isn't necessary.

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I'd welcome a service that allowed me to offer "website members" a free email account IF it was structured in a way that there was revenue sharing for any revenue generated by imbedded ads.

This sounds like an excellent suggestion.

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At the end of the day all we want is a pop (or imap) account.

If they can tag on a Gmail interface to a POP3 account, then I think it could be interesting. Much like many other webmail applications can.

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>> I'd welcome a service that allowed me to offer "website members" a free email account.

Webwork,
As soon as G launched gmail, I wondered how long it would take before they offered that very thing. It only makes sense.

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Do you think Sergey and Larry have a Google type interface where instead of searching the web, they type in a term and search the entire history of all gmails, even deleted ones?

While this offering sounds nice, it's just too much power to give them...

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It amazes me that Hotmail released this a while ago, and yet received no publicity at all.

It is a very interesting concept to be able to control MX records with a free email provider to leverage their technology instead of just utilizing your default email systems.

Its a good service to offer, allows for more users into their system, and gives everyone more options in general.

Will be interesting to see the adoption rates for these types of custom services.

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hey that's my suggestion. Glad to see someone's listening. Why's my stock down?
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Well the other question this brings to bear is, after this will they be looking towards hosting?
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I'd welcome a service that allowed me to offer "website members" a free email account IF it was structured in a way that there was revenue sharing for any revenue generated by imbedded ads.

Excellent! i already wrote about this in my beta test applicaiton. i had a more than 5500 email users at my domain with mx update with everyone.net however i prefered to close that services as they were not allowing or giving me the control of my users i.e. only demographic report available that too with payment. However my account with them is still live i have only removed MX pointing.

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At the end of the day all we want is a pop (or imap) account.

I thought Gmail already provided POP access (I use it), so I dunno what you're specifically asking. Anyone know if this works with the custom domain hosted gmail mail?

I would think that they would definitely push POP access forward to custom domain email.

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I just wonder how long will the beta for this last. gmail has been in beta for nearly 2 years now.
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Excellent! i already wrote about this in my beta test applicaiton. i had a more than 5500 email users at my domain with mx update with everyone.net however i prefered to close that services as they were not allowing or giving me the control of my users i.e. only demographic report available that too with payment. However my account with them is still live i have only removed MX pointing.

I'm using Everyone.net too, and am considering switching to GMail's offering (we're all on the same wavelength as to the revenue-sharing --- I even suggested in my beta application that Google simply buy out Everyone.net, to get instant scale and permit the smoothest migration).

I pay for annual service on Everyone.net, and customer service said that one *can* pay to export the username/password list, in order to move to another email provider. They wouldn't export the address book or existing saved messages, though. For 25,000+ users, the fee they quoted was $500. For 1-2500 users it was $50. And there are different prices for quantities in between.

 

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