Thursday, February 22, 2007

Google Adds Docs to Domain Apps

Google just added Google Docs to their Apps for Your Domain offering and now are offering a paid version with many new features. Docs has been added to free and paid versions. The paid version of Apps for Your Domain includes unlimited users, 10GB of mail storage, optional ads, account management and single sign-on APIs and phone support. The paid version also includes a 99.9% uptime guarantee (thats like 8 hours a year of downtime). The paid version costs $50 per user per year. Pretty sweet deal if you ask me. Right now I'm on the free trial until April. For free users the addition of Google Docs was a no-brainer. It was the other shoe dropping. Now we have document collaboration which I think is Google Docs strongest competitive feature. The word processor is a bit underpowered for some of the writing I do and I've only dabbled in the spreadsheet but as far as I can tell I could use it as my main spreadsheet app. We are currently dealing with an issue at the shop that having a shared spreadsheet like this is probably the ideal solution. What can you say? Google continues to delight its customers while taking a clear shot at MS Office/Exchange. Someone should do a cost analysis of a 50 person office on Google Apps for Your Domain vs. MS Office/Exchange but my guess is it wouldn't look good for Microsoft.

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