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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...
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.
If Google can have a year or two without anymore of those scandals, they might get some really nice revenue from big corps.
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.
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I reformatted from all caps to sentence case and also added a paragraph break for easier reading.)
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?
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.
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?
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.