Thursday, February 22, 2007

Google Apps? Not convincing...yet.

Google announced yesterday that’s it’s stepping on Microsoft’s core business. The Mountain View, CA company said that it’s rolling out Google Apps Premier Edition, a bundled package of it’s on-demand productivity applications, including Docs, Spreadsheet, Gmail, and Calendar. It’s targeting large blue chip firms such as General Electric, with whom it already is selling the product. Exciting about this new package is the low cost, at about $50 per user annually. That’s sure beats paying hundreds of dollars for Microsoft’s software, maintaining your own servers, and hiring an IT group to manage it. It’s a tremendous deal, except for one part: Google Apps offer very limited functionality, and for hard-core and extreme users of Microsoft’s Office suite, that’s just not going to cut it. Leaving the security issue aside, Google Apps require significant improvements before they can compete with many of Microsoft’s products. For now I’m sticking with Redmond.