Google has been pushing Google Apps as a cloud based alternative to Microsoft. Even though they are steadily improving Google Apps to meet the needs of the enterprise customers, there is a widespread feeling that it is not enterprise ready. In the last month alone, I have spoken to almost ten IT managers (including some at the CIO level) and they tend to agree to the above sentiment. Except for one who was bullish on Google Apps, almost every other person said it lacks the features necessary to be a viable alternative to Microsoft. In fact, most of them are pretty comfortable with Gmail and prefer Google’s email over Microsoft Exchange but they are not willing to roll out Google Apps because they still feel it has a long way to go.
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- US Government considering $50 million contract with Google Apps (9to5google.com)
- US Gov to consider Google Apps as alternative to Microsoft products (thenextweb.com)
- Google drops lawsuit as U.S. gov says it will consider it as Microsoft alternative (winrumors.com)
- Google Redesigns Apps Status Dashboard (informationweek.com)
- Google drops its suit over alleged Microsoft bias in government bid for hosted-cloud platform (zdnet.com)