Welcome!

Cognitive Computing Authors: Liz McMillan, Pat Romanski, Yeshim Deniz, Zakia Bouachraoui, Elizabeth White

Related Topics: Cognitive Computing

Cognitive Computing : Article

Google Makes its Move on Microsoft Office

Aiming it at the big enterprise, the source of much of Microsoft's power and revenue

Google Thursday planted its flag on the shores of Microsoft's Fortress Office, finally opening up shop to sell the anticipated commercial version of its comparatively rudimentary web-based productivity software, aiming it at the big enterprise, the source of much of Microsoft's power and revenue.

It's calling the stuff Google Apps Premier Edition and put an annual price tag of $50 per user account on it, undercutting - but not by ridiculous amounts - what large accounts wind up paying Microsoft for Office.

However, Google claims it is so cheap it's a "no-brainer to try it out." It's expecting large deals. We'll spare you Goggle saying it's not competing with Microsoft. Office is estimated to have about 450 million users and with Google in the picture Microsoft may have to do some more discounting.

The bundled widgetry so far includes Google Docs & Spreadsheets, its word processor and spreadsheet programs, Gmail e-mail, the Google Calendar, Google Talk instant messaging, VoIP and a Start Page for creating a customizable home page on a specific domain. Gmail as of Thursday also supports the Blackberry.

Google has been giving most of this stuff away for free since last August as the ad-supported Google Apps Standard Edition and Google Apps Education Edition and claims upwards of 100,000 small businesses and hundreds of universities are using it.

For the money, the Premier Edition includes 24x7 phone support and 10GB of storage, five times what free users get or according to Google 100 times the average corporate e-mail box.

It also includes what Google calls a new set of administration and business integration capabilities like APIs for data migration, user provisioning, single sign-on and mail gateways as well as SLAs promising 99.9% Gmail uptime.

It's made advertising optional on the Premier Edition. Google probably needs to get less dependent on advertising for its revenues.

Google says it will continue to offer the free services.

Google says Proctor & Gamble, General Electric, Prudential Preferred Properties and the like-minded software-as-a-service CRM hotshot Salesforce.com are giving it a spin.

Adding insult to injury, P&G, which is where Steve Ballmer used to work before Microsoft, has signed up as a so-called charter enterprise customer to help shape the software's functionality.

Google, for instance, is believed to working on a PowerPoint-like program code named Presently.

In exchange for the collaborative features of Google Apps, Google is asking corporations to do what at least used to be considered unnatural and put their documents on another company's servers. For that reason, it's assumed interest will be pretty much limited to lower-level employees.

Of course, the stuff also doesn't work if there's no Internet connection and Google just patched a hole in its Google Desktop software - the stuff that lets you search your own drive - that hackers could have exploited to access confidential data and turn your PC into a zombie.

Google's timing was noticed. It's less than a month since Microsoft began pushing Vista and the new Office 2007 at all levels of the market.

Google Apps is available in French, Italian, German, Spanish, Chinese, Japanese and Korean and Google says Essilor and Mediametrie in France signed up as early adopters.

See http://www.google.com/a.

More Stories By Search News Desk

SYS-CON Media's Search Developer's Journal (search.sys-con.com), is the first and only global publication to present the hottest timely topics on the merging search engine companies, search optimization and search engine marketing industry, and all related articles, feature and news stories for search technology professionals.

Comments (0)

Share your thoughts on this story.

Add your comment
You must be signed in to add a comment. Sign-in | Register

In accordance with our Comment Policy, we encourage comments that are on topic, relevant and to-the-point. We will remove comments that include profanity, personal attacks, racial slurs, threats of violence, or other inappropriate material that violates our Terms and Conditions, and will block users who make repeated violations. We ask all readers to expect diversity of opinion and to treat one another with dignity and respect.


IoT & Smart Cities Stories
At CloudEXPO Silicon Valley, June 24-26, 2019, Digital Transformation (DX) is a major focus with expanded DevOpsSUMMIT and FinTechEXPO programs within the DXWorldEXPO agenda. Successful transformation requires a laser focus on being data-driven and on using all the tools available that enable transformation if they plan to survive over the long term. A total of 88% of Fortune 500 companies from a generation ago are now out of business. Only 12% still survive. Similar percentages are found throug...
Druva is the global leader in Cloud Data Protection and Management, delivering the industry's first data management-as-a-service solution that aggregates data from endpoints, servers and cloud applications and leverages the public cloud to offer a single pane of glass to enable data protection, governance and intelligence-dramatically increasing the availability and visibility of business critical information, while reducing the risk, cost and complexity of managing and protecting it. Druva's...
BMC has unmatched experience in IT management, supporting 92 of the Forbes Global 100, and earning recognition as an ITSM Gartner Magic Quadrant Leader for five years running. Our solutions offer speed, agility, and efficiency to tackle business challenges in the areas of service management, automation, operations, and the mainframe.
The Jevons Paradox suggests that when technological advances increase efficiency of a resource, it results in an overall increase in consumption. Writing on the increased use of coal as a result of technological improvements, 19th-century economist William Stanley Jevons found that these improvements led to the development of new ways to utilize coal. In his session at 19th Cloud Expo, Mark Thiele, Chief Strategy Officer for Apcera, compared the Jevons Paradox to modern-day enterprise IT, examin...
With 10 simultaneous tracks, keynotes, general sessions and targeted breakout classes, @CloudEXPO and DXWorldEXPO are two of the most important technology events of the year. Since its launch over eight years ago, @CloudEXPO and DXWorldEXPO have presented a rock star faculty as well as showcased hundreds of sponsors and exhibitors! In this blog post, we provide 7 tips on how, as part of our world-class faculty, you can deliver one of the most popular sessions at our events. But before reading...
DSR is a supplier of project management, consultancy services and IT solutions that increase effectiveness of a company's operations in the production sector. The company combines in-depth knowledge of international companies with expert knowledge utilising IT tools that support manufacturing and distribution processes. DSR ensures optimization and integration of internal processes which is necessary for companies to grow rapidly. The rapid growth is possible thanks, to specialized services an...
At CloudEXPO Silicon Valley, June 24-26, 2019, Digital Transformation (DX) is a major focus with expanded DevOpsSUMMIT and FinTechEXPO programs within the DXWorldEXPO agenda. Successful transformation requires a laser focus on being data-driven and on using all the tools available that enable transformation if they plan to survive over the long term. A total of 88% of Fortune 500 companies from a generation ago are now out of business. Only 12% still survive. Similar percentages are found throug...
There are many examples of disruption in consumer space – Uber disrupting the cab industry, Airbnb disrupting the hospitality industry and so on; but have you wondered who is disrupting support and operations? AISERA helps make businesses and customers successful by offering consumer-like user experience for support and operations. We have built the world’s first AI-driven IT / HR / Cloud / Customer Support and Operations solution.
Codete accelerates their clients growth through technological expertise and experience. Codite team works with organizations to meet the challenges that digitalization presents. Their clients include digital start-ups as well as established enterprises in the IT industry. To stay competitive in a highly innovative IT industry, strong R&D departments and bold spin-off initiatives is a must. Codete Data Science and Software Architects teams help corporate clients to stay up to date with the mod...
Scala Hosting is trusted by 50 000 customers from 120 countries and hosting 700 000+ websites. The company has local presence in the United States and Europe and runs an internal R&D department which focuses on changing the status quo in the web hosting industry. Imagine every website owner running their online business on a fully managed cloud VPS platform at an affordable price that's very close to the price of shared hosting. The efforts of the R&D department in the last 3 years made that pos...