As expected, Google has introduced their paid version of Google Apps for domains, “Google Apps Premier Edition.” Google Apps for domains has provided thousands of small businesses and organizations a way to offload their email systems while keeping their own email addresses, as well as other ways to stay connected and communicate.




Now there will be two options – a free option, and the paid option that will be $50 per user account per year. What makes this Premier Edition worth the $50? There are several unique features:

  • 10 GBs of storage per user vs. 2 GB per account with the standard free edition.
  • APIs for business integration – single sign-on, user provisioning and management, support for email gateway.
  • 99.9% uptime
  • 24X7 support for critical issues – this includes phone support.
  • Advertising option – advertisements will be turned off by default

There are already several businesses that have started using the Premier Edition like Proctor & Gamble, San Francisco Bay Pediatrics, and Salesforce.com. It seems like such a no-brainer for small businesses and even universities, because not only do they have the advantage of the 10 GB email account, Google Calendar, Google Talk, and the customized Start Page, but they’re also able to use Google Docs & Spreadsheets, and Gmail support for BlackBerry devices.

Below is an image that gives a good comparison of the standard free edition versus the paid premier edition.

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Taking into consideration the cost of the Microsoft Office Suite, Google Apps Premier could potentially save companies thousands, and thousands of dollars if they are able to adapt to using Google Docs and Spreadsheets.

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Google and Gateway have formed an alliance much like the one that was formed with Dell not that long ago.  Gateway computers will now have a customized Google Personalized Homepage on the Gateway and eMachines.

And finally, according to Garret Rogers over at ZDNet, he says that charts in Google Spreadsheet are imminent based upon some code he dug up, and he says he wouldn’t be surprised if it’s rolled out soon. Good news!