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Google’s Gmail gives MSFT Heartburn…TUMS won’t help February 11, 2006

Posted by Zack W. Handley in Best Stuff, Google, Search, Web 2.0.

Gmail & Gtalk I have been reading some dismissive remarks on Blogs about this new Gmail for Enterprise Email Service…Mostly these center around the flat hierachical file system, no calendaring and privacy issues.
I think super technical folks miss the point when they say that GMail is Outlook lite and will never make it into the Enterprise. I have worked for and consulted for some of the largest (IBM) and most advanced (MSFT) tech companies in the world and 99.99% of the users do not need (nor use) anything more than a “flat hierarchial e-mail service”.
Calendaring is coming to GMail and I am sure it will be a lot different (and flexible think:adhoc Groups) than what is currently available (or even coming in Outlook 12 because of Server Licensing revenues) to Exchange based users…

Gtalk is getting implemented now.

How hard is it going to be to build a CRM, SFA, what-have-ya system on this “Platform”???

Not Very.

MSFT is not doomed by any means, but profit margins are abuot to Shrink in the SoHo Space

As Far as Business Privacy Goes…um, I don’t think there is such a thing.



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