Google could compete with MS Exchange
It can't be long before some offices beg Google to give them a Gmail platform for their office mail. Google could then expand the features Gmail has, with calendars and contacts and what not, and in no time Exchange has another major competitor.
google doesn't love me. I was only ever given one gmail invite to give out.
A lot of people seem to think that Google is building a platform, and then building these killer apps on top, GMail being just one of them.
Steve Jones (UK)
But I ask, again, how will Google sustain itself on advertising revenue alone? If they keep growing their product base, they must charge a fee, should they not? And if and when they do, would they have achieved a lock-in or will they lose popularity?
Not necessarily. As their products become more and more pervasive, they'll have a stronger case to up their advertising charges, potentially increasing their revenues.
Steve Jones (UK)
I was thinking of Corporate GMail being something you pay for to install on your own server, or maybe have the option of Google hosting it for you, again for a fee.
But they don't charge a fixed price for their advertising, advertisers bid on adverts and the highest (ish) bidder gets their adverts displayed. If they are displaying more adverts because they are offering more services then the clickthrough rate will drop and the amount advertisers are willing to bid will drop.
"google doesn't love me. I was only ever given one gmail invite to give out."
I don't know if this will happen, but Google could offer GMail in a similar way that they offer their intranet search appliance: http://www.google.com/appliance/
do you think that any company put their whole stuff on google? company emails, etc? come'n
I was thinking the same sort of thing as Luke, a Gmail-Box.
BTW, some kind soul has now hooked me up with a gmail account, thanks!
You are more than welcome, Keith. I just like to help fellow JOS members, whenever I can. :)
"This would be especially attractive if the management could be simplified. Most small businesses don't have time to figure out how complex systems like Exchange work. "
Why don't they let people use Gmail interface to access corporate IMAP accounts. Emails are not stored on Google servers, but on your own servers. But you can use the Gmail interface to access corporate emails, instead of Outlook. Google can still make money by supplying ads.
It makes sense that a big vendor like Google with the network platform could address spam more directly. Their hurdle is convincing company IT heads that they can trust Google.
I do not think Google selling g-mail to bussiness is an exciting idea. For one thing, thousands of ISPs already offer hosting bussiness e-mails on the web. It does not take much to put up a web based e-mail interface. Yahoo is doing this already. I do not have the numbers but probably not the same amount of money google makes from advertisement. Google eventually is going to running into the problem yahoo had: how to diversify it's revenue streams.
I host my own web mails.
Just a little note on Gmail's interface. It's not like any other web email's interface. They done a really good job. Once you start using it a lot, you will realize it. It's actually chaged the way I use Email. Infact, I like it even better than Outlook.
"Do you really feel secure with all your data in some Microsoft product?"
As GMail expands, their ad revenue will expand. Remember, it's Pay Per Click. The more email accounts, the more emails, the more clicks. It's very simple, actually. It's like saying "How will Google make money as they take over the Search Engine market and more and more people search on Google?"
FUD is an industry disease, and one that Microsoft isn't innocent of using themselves when its suited them. It's hardly surprising that they themselves get burned by it.
I think the really big thing here is that managers love big names. Microsoft is a huge name, and so managers trusted Microsoft solutions. Now Microsoft's reputation is tarnishing, IT shops are starting to move away from Microsoft on the big security holes: email and web browsing. Well, no one on the net has a better reputation now than Google, and Google now has a web mail app that kicks butt. I think many managers at this point would poop their pants to replace their microsoft email with g-mail. And Google could either host it for you, or sell you a g-mail box to install on your own rack.
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