Google Online Storage Coming Within Months? Real Google Platypus Screen Shot

Google Plans Service to Store Users' Data from the Wall Street Journal reports Google may be offering an online storage service within a few months. We have heard rumors of such offerings in the past, going under code names such as "Platypus," GDrive, Google Drive and Google "My Stuff." Are these renewed rumors legit, or is it just Google offering more storage to applications like Gmail and Picasa, like they have in the past? The Wall Street Journal claims that this storage service will be "essentially all of the files they might keep on their personal-computer hard drives." The online st [...]


The Google Drive Domains Find New Home: GDrive Coming Soon?

Gary Price reports that Google has recently moved MyGoogleDrive.com and MyGoogleStorage.com from third party domain name servers to Google domain name servers. Is this a sign that the GDrive (Google Drive) is coming soon? Back in September, we reported that GoogleDrive.com was moved to Google's name servers and anticipated that the GDrive was coming soon, but it did not. Google did release a paid extra storage solution in August for Gmail and Picasa users, but this was limited to just more space in those applications. The long-rumored and leaked GDrive is expected to enable users to upload [...]


Google Adds Security & Space To Corporate Gmail Users

Google boosts corporate e-mail service from the AP reports that Google is adding security and more email storage space to Gmail for their corporate users. Google purchased Postini, a software security for electronic communications company, back in July. They will be utilizing the Postini technology to add security software to Gmail and their other online applications. Google has also increased the storage capacity for these corporate users from 10 gigabytes to 25 gigabytes. More coverage of this news at Techmeme. [...]


Searcharazzi: Google Launching Presently Presentation App Next Week?

PowerPoint haters unite! So, Techcrunch says that The Inquirer says that Google is thiiiiiiiis close to launching Presently, a web-based alternative to PowerPoint. With consulting firm CapGemini now pushing Google Apps hard, can we finally say goodbye to Microsoft’s Office Suite? Some speculate that the app will be unveiled next week at TechCruch 40 (formerly TechCrunch 20, but I guess the start up life is going well). After all, Google is on the list of Who’s Coming, as is rival Microsoft Corporation. Interestingly, the speaker that caught our attention is MC Hammer. Yes, folks, The [...]


Will Google GDrive Come To GoogleDrive.com?

Garett Rogers reports that Google has updated the name servers for GoogleDrive.com to point to NSx.GOOGLE.COM. Garett explains that this is typically a sign that a new product is coming to life at that domain. Although we don't know for sure, it may imply that GDrive is about to launch really soon. GDrive has been talked about ever since CoCaman discovered signs for the service in July 2006. Ever since then, there have been rumors and more signs that it is a true Google product. The main question is, is this an internal product only? If not, when will it be released to the public? [...]


More Proof Of The Existence Of Google’s GDrive

Tony Ruscoe discovered more signs that the GDrive, a long-rumored storage service from Google, actually exists. After Tony tried messing around with some URL parameters, he stumbled upon a screen that looked like this: Image from Google Blogoscoped The GDrive was being stored on www10.google.com, which was originally setting a cookie on hi machine. Google has just disabled that, probably due to Tony's post. Is Google going to be replacing a storage server, outside of extra space for Gmail and Picasa, through a virtual GDrive? Or is this just an internal Google employee tool? [...]


Google To Offer Enterprise Edition Of YouTube

Apps vs. Office: Google Ups the Ante from BusinessWeek reports that Google is planning a corporate version of YouTube to host training and employee communications videos. It also looks at Google's move to generate revenue by offering applications for the corporate market. Garett Rogers of Googling Google picked up on the YouTube aspect and looks at some brief examples of how businesses might use a corpoate version. [...]


What To Make Of Google Gears

Being a non-developer I was a bit of a fish out of water at Google Developer Day yesterday. The event, which took place in the 10 countries where Google has offices, was intended to showcase Google Gears and the company's various APIs. I attended the event in California, which was moved from Google's Mountain View headquarters to the San Jose Convention Center to accommodate demand and attendance. The Gears initiative is about creating an open standard to help turn the Web browser into a better, richer development platform and enabling applications to work "offline," when there's an inconsis [...]


Google Goes To School

As earlier reported this year, Google launched a premier edition of Google Apps which included email service, calendars, SSO services, instant messaging, spreadsheets, and more. One interesting detail of their recent promotions of Apps is how they're pushing this out to schools, in both free and paid "premier" service options. This is particularly interesting in the context of all the commentary about how Google is really going head-to-head against Microsoft for marketshare in office applications. Universities and colleges are typically always looking for ways to cut costs, and the Google [...]


Wired Q&A Interview With Eric Schmidt

Fred Vogelstein, who penned the semi-infamous "How Yahoo Blew It" piece for Wired Magazine, has a long Q&A style interview with Google's CEO Eric Schmidt in this month's issue. Here's a potentially more interesting earlier Vogelstein interview (previously unpublished) with Schmidt for comparison. Here are some choice bits (from the new interview): On Advertising and Revenue Diversification: Wired: I’ll phrase the question differently. Google gets its revenue essentially from one source -- online ads. One could argue that it’s not diversified enough. Schmidt: The criticism is valid. W [...]


Google Launches Fee Based Google Apps

As we expected, Google has launched a "Premier Edition" of Google Apps. Google Apps Premier Edition will give you everything standard Google Apps has plus the following features: 99.9% uptime guarantee for email** 10 GB / account Ability to turn off ads Shared calendar resources APIs to integrate with your existing infrastructure Single sign-on User provisioning and management Support for email gateway Limited Email migration tools 24/7 assistance, including phone support 3rd party applications and services Plus everything standards Google Apps offers You can now try Google Apps Premie [...]


Google Docs & Spreadsheets Coming To Apps In Weeks

PC World reports that Google Apps will be adding Google Docs and Spreadsheets to the suite this quarter and possibly within a few weeks. We expected this to come sooner than later after Google decided to roll out fee-based Google Apps. PC World has quotes from lots of organizations that would find Google Apps & Docs integration very useful. [...]


Google To Roll Out Fee-Based Google Apps?

Google Steps Into Microsoft's Office from BusinessWeek covers how Google appears ready to begin charging corporations for use of Google Apps, which is free at this time. I suspect the "subscription fee amounting to a few dollars per person per month" described in the article is to allow Google to offer support for these products, which will encourage more companies to adopt Google's office applications (Gmail, Docs, Spreadsheets, etc.) in their main work environment. This becomes a more likely reason given Google's recent troubles with some of their applications not being up for several hou [...]


Google Apps For Your Domain Enables Domain Registration

The Google Blog announced that Google Apps For Your Domain has added the ability to register a domain name, if you do not have one yet. What I find interesting, as I explained here, is that we know Google is a domain registrar for about two years now, but yet they are using GoDaddy and eNom to handle the domain registration information. I suspect they do not want to build out a system to handle that on their own. But what I find more interesting is that they mention that they even support "private registration to protect your personal information." The overview page has been adjusted to in [...]


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