Google Apps Premier Edition

InformationWeek are reporting that Google have released a business class version of their Google Apps.

The new suite of apps will be called Google Apps Premier Edition and, according to the article:

Google Apps Premier Edition features application programming interfaces that businesses can use to integrate it with their own applications. Ten Gigabytes (10GB) of storage for ad-free Gmail is offered standard, meaning workers can spend more time working and less time cleaning out their in-boxes. And Google is offering service level agreements that promise 99.9% uptime and 24×7 tech support.

But possibly the most compelling aspect of Google Apps — at least from the standpoint of potential customers considering a switch from Microsoft products — is the price. Google is offering the whole package for just $50 per user, per year.

The SLA and the 24×7 phone support make this a compelling offering, particularly when you consider there is no software to roll out and/or maintain.

The biggest shortcomings in Google’s apps, right now is the lack of a presentation tool and contacts management but look to Google to address these soon. And obviously, because it is Software as a Service, the new functionality will just appear one day! No messy upgrading or downloading.

This really puts it up to Microsoft.

Here is the feature comparison across the free and premium versions of Google Apps:

Google apps comparison

More here.

One thought on “Google Apps Premier Edition”

  1. Closer and closer..

    What I want to see is further development of the applications. My business partner and I tried to stay 100% google and that lasted all of a day. If they used Apollo to make a localized app version maybe it’d be better but there are current glaring faults in their online suite.

    The word competitor is an underglorified html editor, style sheets? Where? 4 Headers is how I can break a book up? Love the live editing with people but I get trapped in the limited functionality.

    Spreadsheet.. Try working fast in it with about 60 columns and 200 rows.. wow it makes your head hurt. Graphs? Speed? Advanced function?

    We started off well but eventually had to use OpenOffice again or once in a while dip a toe back in the Office suite itself to hurdle something.

    I’m ready for an iteration on their acquisition before I’d buy in as a company.

    -a

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