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Google Inc. today announced separate partnerships with the Rwandan Ministry of Infrastructure and the Kenya Education Network (KENET). As a result, Rwanda’s educational institutions and government ministries, and Kenya’s universities are starting to use Google Apps™ – Google’s set of hosted and customizable communications services. Students in both African countries as well as Rwandan government officials will have access to free communications tools including email, shared calendars, instant messaging and word processing under their institutions’ domain names.
In unrelated news, the same Ministry of Energy and Communications just announced a constuction of major oil pipeline between Kenya and Uganda through Rwanda:
Smells really oily to me.
We're firmly back into the 'do no evil' ballpark with this one.
Yea. It would be TRULY evil to charge them for apps that they give away to everybody else.
(Google Apps Standard Edition and Google Apps Education Edition are already free to anyone who signs-up.)
Somehow, I don't think this PR will make headlines.
"Extra! Google doesn't charge for free apps!"
Now if Google teaches Adsence there Major industries will have 1 more addition to them their per capita will double or even triple. and ther you go... :)
The key objective is to charge them later in life when they're actuially using the products to generate income. My guess is that Google will start charging for these product in the coming years, but they will always be free (or greatly discounted) for educational purposes.
MS had a similar strategy. Most of us still use MS products today! It's all about the marketing.