"Our goal is to get to the 90 percent of users who don’t need to have the most advanced features...

"Our goal is to get to the 90 percent of users who don’t need to have the most advanced features of Office," says Google (GOOG) enterprise chief Amit Singh. He argues features such as improved regulatory compliance and spreadsheet graphing are allowing Google Apps to address the needs of that 90%, and also sees a growing developer ecosystem and the "consumerization" of IT helping Google's cause. The WSJ recently reported Apps is on a $1B/year run rate, but that's still a small fraction of what Microsoft (MSFT) generates for Office.

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  • Micah
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    Our company switched to GApps this year. Love it. GMail for email blows Outlook away for advanced users. We are still running an Outlook client for our "legacy" users with the GMail exchange for back-end. GMail is extremely fast, near 100% reliable, and works on any device anywhere in the world.


    Drive too is killer for enterprise. Lots of nice features for collaboration, organization, and multi-device support. Everything is synced to the cloud for access anywhere and back-up redundancy.


    The thing that is most lacking of course is power-user Excel features. But if you just have an Excel license, you can save everything to Drive and still get all the great view, collaborate, back-up, and multi-device features.


    All this for $50/user/year. And limited IT support required once the transition is complete.
    24 Dec 2012, 02:16 PM Reply Like
  • Sal Marvasti
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    I can't tolerate google apps. Working for banks mean I am used to VBA, and a spreadsheet without VBA support is not really a spreadsheet.
    Google will need to retrain millions like me if its ever going to be a mainstream product.
    24 Dec 2012, 06:00 PM Reply Like
  • Micah
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    Agree, spreadsheets from Google have a VERY long way to go for power users. But this is one the few things lacking. As the Google product manager mentioned, it probably has enough features for 90% of users.
    24 Dec 2012, 09:39 PM Reply Like
  • aperture1
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    The potential of the App Store is huge. We have only seen the first generation of apps. What happens when the apps become much more sophisticated and provide greater value?


    I believe we will see apps selling for $50 and maybe more especially when they are aimed at more focused markets. In addition the iDevices will become much faster and have significantly more memory. Couple that with better iCloud functionality and you have a very powerful platform.


    Checkout Apple's iPhoto app on the iPad. It cost $5 and it provides very rich functionality, in some ways more than the Mac iPhoto app. I cite this to illustrate the direction things are moving.
    25 Dec 2012, 12:51 AM Reply Like
  • Tricky
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    My experiences with Google Apps:


    Email -- great
    Drive -- pretty good
    Spreadsheet -- not very good
    PowerPoint substitute -- AWFUL
    Word processor -- haven't tried it
    25 Dec 2012, 06:55 AM Reply Like
  • Sam Liu
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    "My experiences with Google Apps"


    ... doesn't help the Cn Govt has hackers that sporadically shut down or delay various G-f(x)s ...


    at least in Cn.
    25 Dec 2012, 08:02 AM Reply Like
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