Google Apps Premier Edition Takes Aim at the Enterprise

By John Pallatto  |  Posted 2007-02-22 Print this article Print

The Google Apps Premier Edition will give the search engine pioneer the chance to see whether it can become a software-as-a-service powerhouse by selling a basic suite of online desktop applications for $50 per user per year.

After months of testing, Google is ready to see whether businesses large and small are ready to pay to use its online suite of basic business applications, including spreadsheets, e-mail, word processing, calendars and instant messaging.

Google, which has steadily transformed itself from a search engine pioneer into a data access, Internet advertising and business application powerhouse, introduced on Feb. 22 its Google Apps Premier Edition at a cost of $50 per account per year.

The Premier Edition adds Google Docs and Spreadsheets; Gmail for mobile devices on BlackBerry; and application-level controls to Google Calendar, Gmail, Google Talk and Start Page applications that the company introduced as a free service starting in August 2006.

While the free applications were initially offered to serve small and midsize companies, the Premier Edition has collaboration and management features that will appeal to companies of all sizes, including large enterprises, said Dave Girouard, vice president and general manager of Google's enterprise group in Mountain View, Calif.

Read the full story on eWEEK.com: Google Apps Premier Edition Takes Aim at the Enterprise.

John Pallatto John Pallatto is eWEEK.com's Enterprise Applications Center editor. His near 30 years of experience as a professional journalist began as a member of the founding staff of PC Week in March 1984. Pallatto was PC Week's West Coast bureau chief, a senior editor at Ziff Davis' Internet Computing magazine and the West Coast bureau chief at Internet World magazine.

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