Google Apps for Education and the Enterprise

By Clint Boulton  |  Posted 2008-04-14 Print this article Print


In the meantime, ACU students will continue to access the free Google Apps Education Edition from their laptops and school desktops. 

The suite includes the same apps as in the company's Standard Edition, but Google removes any advertising and provides access to and support for its APIs.

Google Postini security solutions are not included (though they are available at a 66 percent discount). Moreover, the storage is 6.5GB instead of the 25GB provided by the Premier Edition.

Roberts said after Gmail, Google Chat quickly became the application of choice among students, with steady adoption of Docs and Spreadsheets over time.

The wildfire adoption is perhaps a testament to the popularity of Google among today's college students, who grew up searching the Web on Google over the last 10 years.

Much has been written about modest-sized companies using Google Apps in lieu of or in addition to the traditional Microsoft Office and IBM Lotus stacks, but the adopters with the most users may well be institutions of higher learning.

Google won't provide specific figures as to how many universities and their students and faculty are using Google Apps (though it's thought to be a few thousand schools with hundreds of thousands of users) or how many users are using each app.

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However, Jeff Keltner, business development manager for Google Apps for Education, said Google is actively working on letting customers know what's being done in those applications with Google Analytics.

It's true that Google isn't making the kind of money from its Google Apps Education Edition as Microsoft makes from universities that use Office. But if the trend of universities migrating from Microsoft to Google continues, and more schools pair Google Apps with iPhones, it could prove to be a interesting comparison in the future.

As universities require more computing power and storage, it's possible they could eventually sign up for Google Apps Premier Edition at $50 per user per year. Multiply that number by tens of thousands or even a million, and Google's Enterprise business could see some better returns in the next few years.

But in addition to having considerably more market share than Google with its Apps, Microsoft also beats Google in enterprise-class capabilities. Google has no SLAs (service-level agreements) to offer and nowhere near the same service support, which it will have to work on if it plans to approach more discerning business customers.


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