Google to take on MS on the desktop

Search giant Google kicked off its attack on Microsoft’s desktop near-monopoly in earnest last week with the launch of its hosted enterprise applications services.

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By  Administrator Published  February 28, 2007

Search giant Google kicked off its attack on Microsoft’s desktop near-monopoly in earnest last week with the launch of its hosted enterprise applications services.

Google Apps Premier Edition is a pay-for service that builds on Google Apps Standard Edition and Google Education Edition, free services the vendor launched in August last year.

The three suites of hosted applications include Gmail web mail services, Google Calendar shared calendaring, and Google Talk instant messaging and voice over internet protocol (VoIP) and customised homepage creation feature.

With the launch of Premier Edition, the vendor has also made available Google Docs & Spreadsheets, Gmail mobile support for BlackBerry handheld devices and administrator application-level control on all three versions.

Google is also working with partners such as Avaya and e-mail security vendor Postini to develop solutions including e-mail gateways and enhanced security, as well as offering deployment, migration and additional support services.

“With Google Apps, our customers can tap into an unprecedented stream of technology and innovation at a fraction of the cost of traditional installed solutions,” said Dave Girouard, vice president and general manager of Google Enterprise.

The Premier Edition costs US$50 per user account per year and each user receives 10Gbyte of storage.

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