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Google Apps Not Ready For Prime Time

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Judging by one domain administrator’s experience with Google Apps and email, Google’s claims that it is not competing with Microsoft for the productivity space has a ring of truth.

Google Apps Not Ready For Prime Time
Google Apps Not Ready For Prime Time
Google Apps Not Ready For Prime Time

Much has been made of Google’s ongoing assembly of a variety of homegrown and acquired online applications into a full-blown productivity suite. Every time a new component is announced, with PowerPoint-like presentations the latest one on Google’s schedule, we all run off to write the ‘Microsoft killer’ story.

One person has been working with Google Apps for over six months. He has about a hundred people livening up his day with the usual user requests. Garett Rogers is not the typical domain admin; Google followers should recognize him from his Googling Google blog on ZDNet.

His observations indicate Gmail as part of Google Apps is just not ready for a business that has been using Outlook for years. Getting mail from Gmail to the desktop email client has been a path fraught with peril:

Then you have users who “don’t get some mail”

Google Apps Not Ready For Prime Time
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