In a potential challenge on Microsoft’s dominance in the office, Google will allow companies to run its email, calendar, and possibly word processing (Writely) and spreadsheet applications on their own domains.
It’s another branch-out for the search giant. Ad-supported, there will also be an ad-free, paid for version of the service – though whether this is a one-off or subscription fee is unknown.
Google would continue to host the software on its servers, thus taking the cost and burden away from companies. Google pointed to the complexity of the Windows operating system and Microsoft Office, but at the same time said that it wasn’t seeking to offer a complete replacement for desktop applications.
I’m not quite sure who this is aimed at. I can’t see many companies
switching entirely to an off-site system with reduced capabilities when
the Microsoft ethos is ingrained the corporate culture. Writely and
Google Spreadsheets are good, but they’re no match for Microsoft Word
or Excel for all but the simplest documents.
What do you think? Will this catch on or should Google just stick to its search engine?