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Google is releasing a new edition of its hosted applications suite that end-users can bring into the workplace without the involvement of their IT department.
It means that IT managers who fret about employees using unauthorized software at work will have another tool to worry about, especially in industries where information management is heavily regulated, like health care and finance.
The new release, called Google Apps Team Edition, is due to be available Thursday for free. It is aimed at employees who are interested in using Google Apps but whose employers haven't signed up for it, said Rajen Sheth, Google Apps senior product manager.
Google Apps Team Edition, For Free [nytimes.com]
IT departments shouldn't get angry about Team Edition, according to Sheth, because, unlike other software that employees use without IT approval, it provides an upgrade path to IT-manageable versions.
Brilliant. Sneak into a company under the radar, get users hooked, and eventually force the IT guys to pay for it if they want to get things back under control.