Since the rumors of a potential Office suite designed by Google spread on the Internet, the companies started to talk about a revolutionary solution able to challenge the well known Microsoft's Office. Although the company refused to comment on the speculations, the application was finally released and Google created even a premier edition able to provide more function in comparison with the freeware version that was offering only the basic features.
"Tens of thousands of university students in Rwanda and Kenya are now on their way to using Google Apps. As
a result of two separate partnerships that we've signed today with the Rwandan Ministry of Infrastructure and the Kenya Education Network, nearly 20,000 students from the National University of Rwanda, the Kigali Institute for Education and the Kigali Institute for Science and Technology, plus 50,000 more from Kenya's University of Nairobi, are joining their colleagues at Northwestern, ASU and around the world with access to Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Talk, and Google Docs & Spreadsheets under their university's domain for free," Francoise Brougher, Business Operations Team, sustained on the official blog of the company.
Let's have a quick analysis on Google App and its versions. Before the big announcement of the application, all the Internet users were continuously talking about the upcoming product, Google App being regarded as an innovative tool able to provide a different alternative for the Microsoft Office solution. Its advantages? Online, accessible from any location and even available for free. Although the product is only partially free, Google App was launched and, although it was an awaited product, the solution is quite anonymous and rarely brought in the spotlights.
Today's announcement reveals some of the Google plans, making the search giant look like a hungry firm gone out for shopping. If you didn't know, the company announced yesterday two more acquisitions meant to expand Google's advertising platform into the offline area.