Web search leader Google has introduced a subscription business software package that includes spreadsheet functions.
Google Apps Premier Edition, a new version of Google's hosted services for communication and collaboration designed for businesses of all sizes, is available for $50 per user account per year, and includes phone support, additional storage, and a new set of administration and business integration capabilities.
With the addition of Google Docs & Spreadsheets, Google claims teams can easily collaborate on documents and spreadsheets without the need to email documents back and forth. Multiple employees can securely work on a document at the same time. All revisions are recorded for editing, and administrative controls allow organizations to define limits on document sharing.
According to custom analysis of a recent Nielsen//NetRatings MegaPanel report, 92 percent of users of online productivity tools last October used Google Docs & Spreadsheets, making it the number one product in its class.
In addition, Google Apps now supports Gmail for mobile on BlackBerry handheld devices
"Businesses are looking for applications that are simple and intuitive for employees, but also offer the security, reliability and manageability their organizations require," said Dave Girouard, vice president and general manager, Google Enterprise. "With Google Apps, our customers can tap into an unprecedented stream of technology and innovation at a fraction of the cost of traditional installed solutions."
The software's large corporate clients include Proctor & Gamble Business Services (GBS).
"Procter & Gamble Global Business Services has enrolled as a charter enterprise customer of Google Apps,â said Laurie Heltsley, director Procter & Gamble Global Business Services. âP&G will work closely with Google in shaping enterprise characteristics and requirements for these popular tools."