Thursday, August 10, 2006

So Google, What Next?

Hosted Web Sites?

Moving beyond Gmail, Google is providing free hosted email service. Kiruba has a post on this today. This is great not only individuals who want their own email address/es in their own domain name (I got ram@viswanathan.in last week) but also to SMB organizations. In fact this feature will be a definite money saver for small to medium companies. Now they can 'outsource' their entire email infrastructure to Google for free. Each mail box will get 2gb space and more importantly chat and calendaring facility. Can't beat that..

It will be interesting to see what it does to email products like MS Outlook and Lotus Notes and to email hosted service providers.

So What next from Google?
Google can offer to host web sites for free. As usual, the catch being its 'targeted advertisements', which is actually the mainstay for Google.

Two companies stand out when it comes to innovation.. One is Google for.. Can you guess the other one? It is NOT what you may be thinking..