Sunday, December 9, 2007

Genesis of GAPE (Google Apps Premier Edition)

It all started in 2K5 when Google Apps were seeded, though it lasted only a few lines then; it was indeed born in Feb 2K6 with Gmail being introduced first. It had limited service that helped organizations like San Jose City College to offer personalized Gmail inboxes to all their users.

Soon Google Apps picked up technologies, all these Calendar, Talk and Page Creator and evolved into Google Apps for Your Domain. By October, Google Apps globalizes with support for 17 more languages. Then the start page were introduced which enabled organizations to provide a dynamic and unique-to-you central access point for essential information with custom logos, colors and your organization's own content, in addition to modules from our gadget library. (A quick word about Gadget Library: Gadget library can add features like MP3 player, gtalk, calendar..... (17241 features in all) directly to your web page)

In February 2K7 GAPE (Google Apps Premier Edition) was finally out and was ready to enter the business world. Google Apps Premier Edition is a new version designed to take on all the challenges presented by businesses with complex IT needs. For $50 per account per year, you get the whole Google Apps package plus many new business-oriented features, including access to our APIs and partner solutions (so it’s easy to integrate with existing systems), conference room scheduling for Calendar, 10GB of inbox storage, extended business hours phone support, and mobile access to your email on Blackberry devices (just in case you can't get enough at the office).However the Standard and Education Editions will continue to be offered for free much to our relief.

In September 2K7 Google announced a partnership with CapGemini, an IT consultancy and outsourcing specialist, to push its Google Docs application package to corporate customers. The Google Apps Premier Edition suite will include word-processing and spreadsheet programs, plus email, calendar and instant-messaging tools. Its selling point is that it is a browser-based product suite, so rather than each individual having software installed on their computers, it all exists on Google's servers, and anyone in a company with the relevant permission can access and edit these documents. Rather than whizzing around emails with countless Word attachments, we can simply fire up a browser and all muck in together online.

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