Google Sets Sights on Bigger Piece of Business Software Market: "Google Inc. is setting out to expand its share of the business software market with a scaled-down version of its Internet-leading search engine that will go on sale Thursday for $4,995 (euro3,801).
The Google Mini is tailored for the thousands of small- and medium-sized businesses that don't need or can't afford the more sophisticated products that the Mountain View-based company has been building for large companies during the past few years, said Dave Girouard, general manager of Google's enterprise search.
Online advertising accounted for 98 percent of Google's $2.16 billion (euro1.64 billion) through the first nine months of 2004. Google pocketed just $35 million (euro26.6 million) from software licensing and other sources during that period.
While it has created the most widely used online search engine, Google has been playing catch up with other software makers such as Autonomy Corp. and Verity Inc. that build products for businesses trying to make it easier for employees and customers to find information on their Web sites.
Google says about 800 organizations have bought its search engine software so far."