Google Apps Education Edition Spreads South

    August 17, 2007

It’s been horribly hot lately, so I’m guessing that Google’s secret network of weather machines isn’t yet up and running.  But the search giant is bringing a sort of relief to five of America’s southern colleges; the universities will receive Google Apps Education Edition.

This represents a definite shift in geography for Google; the last time we heard about schools and the company’s software, all of the colleges were clustered in Michigan.  Now, the University of North Carolina Greensboro, Clemson University, the University of Texas San Antonio, Kennesaw State University, and Arkansas State University have been named in a press release.

“Google has always had a close relationship with higher education,” explained Jeff Huber, vice president of engineering at Google.  “Google Apps Education Edition is a groundbreaking option for universities, and we want to work closely with them to implement smart use of technology for education.”

Every bit of software that Google provides should be free.  In return, the company will just get some exposure to college students (and I can assure you that most of those students are already using and Gmail, anyway).

So there you go – more good deeds, courtesy of Google.  Now if the company could just get those weather machines to work . . .