Google officially going after Microsoft with Google Apps

By on May 11, 2007, 12:01 PM
While many have been saying the same for some time now, Google has officially admitted that is going into competition with Microsoft on the software market through their portfolio of online office applications. In a shareholders meeting yesterday CEO Eric Schmidt said that Google's new tagline will be “Search, Ads and Apps."

“The idea here is to talk about this shift to an online lifestyle,” Schmidt said speaking about Google’s plan to focus on software and hosted applications. “People are spending more and more time and Google can bring some of these new applications that really matter to them.”
I have used Google Apps before, and I admit I’ve been impressed about the development of such services and the convenience of having my documents online, however, I don’t think I’ll dish out my desktop office suit in favor of a web-based one yet. Coincidentally our current poll in asks your position on web-based office suites, while I’m writing this post 38.5% of you have claimed to already be using one of these services, be sure to take a minute to vote!

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olanb said:
Is google planning on having an offline version also?
jonsapir said:
This is NOT an either/or proposition. At this stage of the game, many organizations would do well by looking at the significant benefits that can be immediately realized by using Google Apps together with MS Office.For more information, take a look at the white paper "Google and Microsoft: Living Together in Harmony" available at
phantasm66 said:
This is where its all going... Applications hosted by providers via Web Applications ; we can log in from any computer and use the software we have bought. Combined with a growth in carrying around a Windows "profile" on USB flash drive, that will unlock purchased software (either installed locally or online) and remember passwords.
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