Google debuts paid version of hosted services for enterprise customers

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Mountain View, Calif.—Encroaching further into Microsoft territory, Google on Thursday introduced Google Apps Premier Edition, a paid version of Google’s hosted services for businesses.

Google Apps was originally launched as a free service last August, with a suite of applications that includes Gmail Web-based e-mail, Google Calendar shared calendars, Google Docs & Spreadsheets, Google Talk instant messaging and voice-over-IP, and the Start Page feature for creating a customized home page on a specific domain.

The paid version gives users exclusive features such as 10 GBs of storage, or about 100 times the storage size of the average corporate mailbox; application program interfaces for business integration; and extended business hours telephone support for administrators. Businesses can also choose to include target-based advertising.

Google said Procter & Gamble Global Business Services is a charter enterprise customer of the new version.

—Carol Krol

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