Software as a Service solutions such as Google Apps could change office computing as we know it.
The days of corporations using outdated software long past its "sell by" date may be going the way of the dodo. Capgemini, an IT services and business consultancy company, will begin to offer Google Apps to its corporate clients
The use of Google Apps is not meant to replace Microsoft's Office as a whole (at least for now) but to compliment the productivity software by allowing users to create and work on the same content simultaneously online. Currently, Google Apps offers Gmail, Google Talk, Google Calendar, Docs, Spreadsheets and more.
Software as a Service (SaaS) seems to be the next big step when it come to computing with companies such as Oracle, IBM and, of course, Google offering applications. One of the major benefits to using a SaaS application in a corporate environment is that no internal technical support team is needed to help resolve any issues as the software is stored and run from remote servers being operated by the provider. Of course another big plus is the fact that you don't pay for the software itself but rather for the use of the software. This in itself can drastically save loads of money in the long run.
Launched back in February of this year, Google Apps already has business users such as General Electric and Proctor & Gamble and will more then likely see an even larger list before the year is out.
This could be big news for SaaS applications and Google Apps alike as more and more people turn to using their software on the web instead of on their computers. And if you need more than just straight office document capabilities, Adobe's free, online Photoshop
should be coming to a browser near you sometime in the near future.
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