which probably cost less than a $100 to manufacture.
Too much margin in it for them to return to standard DIN and integration options.
AFAIK, the meta data they harvest is most likely in the clear (SMTP/IP Headers/Phone Numbers). For that they can build a comprehensive map of who is taking to who and then delve deeper into actual content of associated/linked targets.
Not surprising. Given the refusal to remove those bloody Java sponsors from the JRE. Piss off the end users and now the developers.
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Why? What was it that went so bad?
GA is very popular. Saying it's crap doesn't really align with the experiences with the few million businesses using it right now. I guess it must be specific requirement that couldn't be met.
A lot of assumptions based on a few strings. Don't worry, plenty of surprises left for IO.
That's just a bit naive. You can apply that argument to any outsourcing. Yet it seems quite acceptable for other industries/sectors.
Google Apps comes in many editions.
Standard Free (Grandfathered 7th Dec 2012)
Non-Profit (Now same as EDU)
The ISP, Government and EDU editions are significantly different to the rest. Google offers additional customization and they also have multi-year contact terms granting those institutions certainty the service will be provided for x-years. The other editions are on a year by year basis for less than 750 users.
Been using the Gapps for many years, and yet to come across a paid service (SLA) that users were forced off. Video for business was ended, after a year's warning and before it was shut off, Google released Drive with replace all the features that Video for Business offered.
The flip side is that you get many new features/upgrades, that you don't have to worry about rolling out (reinventing the wheel).
GUI? GA has full Outlook support.
Security FUD...FYI, Google maintains an isolated instance of GA for Government, so it meets the necessary security requirements. This has been in place for several years now and widely known to those that careless for BS MS propaganda.
It can be more challenging to move to Google Apps if you want only to migrate a sub section of your business. This rule applies to many other products to.
The Office Apps side of GA is much weaker than native MS Apps, but the email and other components shits all over MS and other offerings. That said there's no reason why users of GA can't continue to use MS Office as well.
Actually it's quite easy. Paid users get a Phone number and email to call, or they can contact the re-seller who can open a case for them. Google use both email and phone to provide support.
The terms are clearly laid out to users of the free version. Community support is available via the admin help forums. Google has staff there that can escalate issues that cannot be fixed by the user. If you want full support you need to sign up to the paid version.
Clearly Google don't lock accounts without reason. They have a few automated systems that check for ToS breaches and suspicious activity outside normal/typical usage. They're might be a few isolated cases, but the vast majority that say they're account was block for no reason, it turns out it was locked due to spamming/password compromised/ inappropriate material (CP). Of course don't expect the article to mention a follow-up to say the president did actually have inappropriate material. Where wouldthat leave the story and errrr....his job.
Nothing that hasn't been replaced. Video was replaced with Drive which is far superior IMO.