The package, called Google Apps, combines two sets of previously available software bundles. One included programs for e-mail, instant messaging, calendars and Web page creation; the other, called Docs and Spreadsheets, included programs to read and edit documents created with Microsoft Word and Excel, the mainstays of Microsoft Office, an $11 billion annual franchise.
let the games begin...
1:09 pm on Feb 22, 2007 (gmt 0)
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?
1:52 pm on Feb 22, 2007 (gmt 0)
It seems the Premier Edition is priced at $50 per user.
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.
8:45 pm on Feb 22, 2007 (gmt 0)
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.)
12:05 am on Feb 23, 2007 (gmt 0)
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?
5:54 am on Feb 23, 2007 (gmt 0)
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?
5:55 am on Feb 23, 2007 (gmt 0)
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.
6:43 am on Feb 23, 2007 (gmt 0)
i heard our friend john battelle [pubcon.com] quoted on this subject on local public radio [marketplace.publicradio.org] today.
7:26 am on Feb 23, 2007 (gmt 0)
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.
11:09 pm on Feb 23, 2007 (gmt 0)
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?
9:40 pm on Feb 25, 2007 (gmt 0)
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.
6:41 pm on Feb 26, 2007 (gmt 0)
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.