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Google Apps To Drive GM

Microsoft has lost another huge cloud deal to Google. Chunks of the federal government and the City of Los Angeles are backing Google Apps. Reports now have it that General Motors is moving from Lotus Notes to Google Apps, giving Office 365 a thumbs down --like I would get trying to finance an Escalade.

It sounds like a deal has indeed been signed (the deal isn't 100 percent publicly confirmed, but it is being reported by The Wall Street Journa), but GM has yet to reveal any public rollout plans. Once in full effect, the deal could mean 100,000 new users for Google.

Google claims to have over 4 million Google Apps, but it remains to be seen how active these are. Do you use Google Apps? If so, fire up the e-mail and let me know why at dbarney@redmondmag.com.

Posted by Doug Barney on 11/09/2011 at 1:18 PM


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Reader Comments:

Tue, Aug 7, 2012 Gil

Finally, GM decided to go with Exchange on premises.

Mon, Nov 14, 2011 Dave

We switched from Exchange to Google Apps. At first I wasn't concerned. Then I started using it. What a horrible choice! The interface compared to owa is horrible. Users are complaining about how hard it is to learn. The google sync app for Outlook is slow to sync. The only people who like it are the original promotors. A tiny minority.

Thu, Nov 10, 2011 Jon

If true, I'd love to know why they picked Google Apps vs Office 365. Comparing the two, I can't see how anyone could pick Google Apps.

Wed, Nov 9, 2011 Dan Iowa

Holy smokes! I read that something like 65% of the Fortune 100 has switched to Google Apps. That's incredible! Microsoft has just lost 20% of the market over the last 2 years! Or... hey, it couldn't be that these are bogus numbers could it? How many companies who have "switched to Google Apps" are, for example, running plain old Exchange 2010 for email?

Wed, Nov 9, 2011 Shaune Austin, TX

We tried Google Apps for our small custom software development business (9 people)... It was a big mistake. No support of any kind, slow performance and buggy or missing features... Quickly went back to Office/Exchange! Don't bother with Google products unless you like scrounging forums for answers to your questions about a product you are PAYING for...

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