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Krissi Danielson

Google: GAPE is Not Lightweight

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In an interview with eWeek, Google Product Management Director Matt Glotzbach talks about Google's plans to offer enterprise and consumer services. Glotzbach discusses how Google tries not to have a clear line between its enterprise and consumer applications, which primarily come through Software as a Service, and he mentions Google's acquisition of Postini, about which I recently interviewed Google's Rajan Sheth.

One interesting comment in the interview was when Glotzbach stated that people tend to misunderstand/misinterpret the offerings in Google Apps. People tend to see these offerings as "lightweight versions of the traditional office technologies," but Glotzbach suggested they were actually for power-users, enabling you to do neat things like pull real-time data from the Web and integrate it directly into the spreadsheet.

It does seem that a lot of media coverage of Google Apps treats the offering as if it is a bare bones, basic offering that no company would want to rely on exclusively. Increasingly, the opposite seems to be true. It will be interesting to see where Google Apps evolves over the next couple of years.

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