When making a big decision, many people like to do some research on their own before meeting with a salesperson. And sellers might prefer this arrangement, too, since it saves them from having to answer the same basic questions over and over. So Google’s probably made a wise move by releasing a "Guide to Going Google" for schools and universities.
Google Apps for Education has really, really caught on. Whether or not you noticed, Google’s been making an announcement here and an announcement there for quite some time, and today, the company acknowledged that all those deals have added up to the tune of about 10 million users.
Much to the disappointment of students (and perhaps teachers) everywhere, a new school year will soon start. But Google’s celebrating something related to education this afternoon, as it’s secured the Maryland Education Enterprise Consortium as yet another Google Apps partner.
Privacy Awareness Week is perhaps not working out the way Google would have liked. There’s word this afternoon that officials at the University of California, Davis have decided not to deploy Gmail on a campus-wide basis due to privacy concerns.
Google scored a big win today, and by all accounts, the state of Oregon made out well, too. This is because the Oregon school system will begin using Google Apps for Education, saving it a boatload of cash while allowing Google to increase its market share.
In fact, Oregon is the first state to agree to make Google Apps available to all of its public schools, meaning this is a significant breakthrough for Google. And if all goes well, it could represent the start of a trend, since other states would want to reap the same benefits as Oregon.