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Earlier today at the Clift Hotel in San Francisco, we convened a group of journalists, partners and customers for a discussion on Google Apps in the enterprise. We’re pleased to report that the “state of the cloud” is strong, and we’ve taken a number of steps to make it stronger.
At the event we discussed the growth of our business, introduced some new customers, and announced a feature that makes switching to Apps even easier. The Clift was a particularly appropriate venue because it’s a member of the Morgans Hotel Group, which is deploying Google Apps to its 1,750 employees. JohnsonDiversey, a global provider of commercial cleaning and hygiene products and solutions, has also gone Google. Choosing Apps helped …read more

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CNET.com first look at Google Wave. Take a look to see what all the fuss is about and to get a sense of what the final product will be like: check it out

Google Wave

Google Wave

Google wave dashboard

Google wave dashboard

Once again, Google has everyone excited. The overwhelming buzz on Google’s Wave is incredible everyone is chattering about the new tsunami (Wave).  Google’s vision is remarkable, not only will it unify different types of online communication (e-mail, instant messaging, SMS) into one paradigm (wave), but they have also ensured that it can run fully distributed and can integrate with most of the things we already have. To understand what that means I urge you not to see Google Wave as a new service, but as a new service layer.

Whereas services like e-mail, instant messaging and social networks always have been built on the premise of a walledgarden business model, Google Wave can become the new communication structure that services can develop upon. It is set up from the start as an open source project with a clear focus on development APIs.

Google has not only spent time and energy making sure Wave can suck content into the platform, it has spent as much time and energy making sure it can get out too! Farewell destination based business models. Farewell walled gardens. If Wave gets adapted, it will put the user in control, and that is exactly what we need to do to break out of our current web 2.0 boundaries. That is what makes this development so remarkable.

Google just did some major plumbing on the web, and honestly, they were probably the only ones that could do this. – Read More

Google’s wave unveiled it an 80-minute live demo last week.

Described as a “personal communication and collaboration tool,” Google Wave allows users to chat and share documents including audio files, videos and photos in real-time.
Google Wave: What is it and how does it work?

Created as an open-source platform, Vic Gundotra, VP of engineering for Google explained the reasons for this: “It’s open sourced for many reasons. Not only do we want to contribute to the Internet but frankly we need developers to help us complete this product and we need your support.”

What makes Google Wave particularly revolutionary is the real-time aspect. Whereas most social media tools involve an element of waiting around as one person waits for another to respond, with a message such as “Person X is typing” usually appearing in the corner, Wave allows users to see what’s being typed as instantly as it appears on the typer’s screen. In the case of sensitive information sharing, an opt-out button allows users to conceal what they are writing until they hit the “send” button.

Google Wave.gifGoogle Wave is the brain-child of Lars and Jens Rasmussen, the brothers who bought us Google Maps. They explain they wanted to “rethink what a single communications platform might look like if we started from scratch.” Lars asked the 4,000-strong audience: “What would email look like if it were invented today?” The idea, they say, was to start with a clean slate, rather than have today’s Internet reality determine what could be possible in the future or even present. By readjusting this approach, they were able to look at online communication in fresh and innovative ways.

The project has been ongoing for two years and since then has expanded along with the team, who have added seemingly simple functions that risk rendering current communication platforms “backward” by comparison. For instance, a document uploaded on Wave can be edited by multiple users in one go, with changes appearing instantaneously, adding a new spin to the term “team work.” — Read more

There’s been much ado about Microsoft ‘s Bing, and plenty of wonder around Google Wave. Although the Internet archrivals’ new offerings don’t compete directly, they do indirectly: Bing with Google Search and Wave with Microsoft’s ecosystem

Currently Google has the largest market share in search and Microsoft is dominant in desktop PC software. Observers wonder if each will cut into the other’s domain or if the status quo will be maintained.

“Bing will certainly take share from Google’s search business, but isn’t strong enough to challenge Google’s overall leadership, making it an approach mirrored by Microsoft’s efforts with Zune,” said Rob Enderle, principal analyst at the Enderle Group. “Wave represents an effort to displace Microsoft entirely, but has a higher probability of failing completely and is also consistent with Google’s strategy with apps.”

Google’s Scattered Focus

The latest buzz on Bing is that the new search engine — or decision engine, as Microsoft likes to call it — might catch on with Internet advertisers or mobile users. That in itself would be a blow to Google. But that’s not Bing’s value proposition as Microsoft communicated it.

“Bing focuses on a few things that people do a lot online, like shopping and health-care research, and improves them substantially so the customer gets to a meaningful result much more quickly,” Enderle said. “If the model holds, Microsoft will wrap this with a marketing program that identifies the problem, establishes it as a problem Google has failed to address – Read more