That Google wants a very large piece of the enterprise pie is widely known, so the Internet giant's last 2010 attempt at romancing a portion of Microsoft's fan base comes as no surprise. Still, updates are handy. Meanwhile, Google gave cloud computing another boost with the release of Shared Spaces, a collaboration environment made possible by Wave technology. And, speaking of spaces, Big G has a new one. 2.9 million square feet of Manhattan, to be exact.
Google Makes Another Enterprise Jab
Over the years Google has released several tools designed to both inspire and aid transition over to Google Apps. Several of these offerings were updated this week — specifically those built to steal away Microsoft's customers — in one last jab at the enterprise for 2010.
The updates certainly fall inline with Google's endless attempts to become the only stop on the Internet, but we can't help but wonder: How effective are they?
According to the Internet giant's official announcement, this year alone customers have migrated over 3.5 billion e-mails to Google Apps, over 100 million calendar events and 25 million contacts.
Interested? Check out the updates here.
The Ghost of Google Wave in Shared Spaces
Google Labs quietly kicked out Shared Spaces this week. The offering features Google Wave technology, allowing users to create a space with collaborative gadgets and chat functionality.
Don't get too excited just yet--it's still not totally open to the public. But once it is, it will be quick and easy to create a space, grab an existing gadget, and then share the Space's URL with collaborators.
Google Donates 2 Tools' Source Code to Eclipse Foundation
Google showed the Eclipse foundation a bit of holiday cheer in the form of source code and intellectual property valued at US$ 5 million dollars. The move is good news for the open source Java community, as the donation includes WindowBuilder and CodePro Profiler.
This little act of kindness is not the first from Google. Earlier this year, Google Code became the host for Eclipse Labs, an effort for project development outside of the core Eclipse project structure.
We noted that Google’s move may not be entirely selfless, however. Providing the tools that make it easier to build web applications will give more developers a reason to 'Go Google' as they say.
Going Bigger in '11
We've covered the Internet giant a lot this year, but it looks like we're going to have to work double time in the months to come. Google confirmed the purchase of an 18-storey building in Chelsea, New York.
At roughly 2.9 million square feet, the building is reportedly the third largest in Manhattan. Purchased for a rumored US$1.9 billion, it is also said to be Google’s biggest real estate investment to date, as well as the largest single-asset sale in the U.S. this year.
"Google's growth can now be organized without the normal Manhattan impediment of space constraints that often interfere with expansion plans," said Douglas Harmon, a broker at Eastdil Secured, which represented the seller in the purchase.
"The tech scene is different here," added Alan Warren, a Google engineering director in New York. "We are a lot more connected to business users, as opposed to consumer business."