H-P (HPQ +3.6%) is giving Google Apps (GOOG -0.8%) a big endorsement; the company is launching...

H-P (HPQ +3.6%) is giving Google Apps (GOOG -0.8%) a big endorsement; the company is launching SMB IT in a Box, a solution that pairs H-P's PCs, printers, management software, and services with Google Apps subscriptions. SMB IT will be offered worldwide via H-P's giant reseller network by year's end. It arrives shortly after Microsoft (MSFT) gave Office 365 a feature-packed update in an effort to keep Google and other cloud rivals at bay, and to migrate customers to subscription plans. The Small Business Premium version of 365 goes for $12.50/user/month; Google Apps for Business goes for either $5/user/month or $50/year.

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  • rjgood
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    Interesting decisions being made. Bold, but questionable.


    This would make sense for disposable consumer devices, but for business servers and productivity, not so sure. Office is deeply entrenched enterprises and governments of all sizes, and interoperability is unmatched.


    An entity jumping to GOOG apps would eat up critical person hours that would be better spent on core business tasks. Every tried sending a spreadsheet to your accountant using Google Apps?
    12 Jun 2013, 04:26 PM Reply Like
  • normcf
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    Accountants are business people too, and they're going to see that accepting both types of spreadsheets is going to be a selling point. HP is not abandoning microsoft, they are hedging their bets which I consider a prudent business strategy.
    13 Jun 2013, 08:13 AM Reply Like
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