Google appears poised to land another punch against Microsoft this week with the impending release of “Google Apps for Your Domain”. The question is: will this be yet another jab or will Google land a solid cross to the face of Microsoft? The expected Google offering isn’t necessarily geared for the single user; the software service package is aimed more squarely at small companies with Google providing hosted services for mail, IM, web pages and calendar functionality.
As a mobile computing individual, I’m still not quite sold on the services aspect simply because I like to have control over my personal and important data; plus I require 100% availability, not just 99.999%. Even with my hosted Exchange service, I maintain my own backups and storage files….just in case. If I were a small business owner, however, I might consider the Google suite, which is expected to expand with Writely and Google Spreadsheets later this year. The services will contain (you guessed it) advertisements to help support and offset any costs, plus it will add more money into to Google coffers.
We’ve asked before, but I like to ask this question every time I see a shift in the software services climate: are you more inclined to run software or services for your computing needs? How do you feel about ads in your main productivity services; not just at a personal computing level, but for your business or the business of your employer? Are you comfy with your data on a third party server, is that a “no-no” or is there a time and place for it?
UPDATE: It’s official now as Google just put out a Press Release with the details.