A timely Google Apps reality check (via Ed Brill)
February marks the second anniversary of Google Apps Premier Edition, the beefed-up version of the free Google Apps hosted service launched in 2002 that revolutionized consumer email. For $50 per user per year, the premier edition offers "businesses of all sizes" a communication and collaboration suite of applications that includes Gmail webmail, shared calendaring, Google docs, instant messaging and Voice over Internet Protocol service. But two years in, very few enterprises have made a big commitment to use Google docs as a replacement for Microsoft Office or similar tools, said analyst Tom Austin.
"In fact, I can't think of one, to be honest," said Austin, who follows cloud computing at Stamford, Conn.-based Gartner Inc.