, NAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 24 – Google now plans to introduce Internet applications for small businesses and companies in the country at a fee, away from the usual free applications and solutions like Gmail, YouTube among others.
Google’s Regional Manager in Emerging Markets Shai Morgan says some of the applications are the ones being offered by the local Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to provide connectivity within an organization which he says are sometimes very costly due to the infrastructure required.
One application will include Google Docs which allows up to 15 users to create and edit documents online while collaborating, in real-time.
“Maybe you are editing an article that needs contribution of many people. As one person is making changes, the rest can observe the changes being made. For most organization like newsrooms, the companies are forced to outsource software that requires networking infrastructure to be able to use them,” Morgan explained.
Google Docs, he says originated from two separate products, Writely, which allows users to store and work with text documents on the web and Google spreadsheets.
“These are simple apps because we are simply upgrading from the common free Google apps. For a long time, we have concentrated on the consumer apps. But now we are investing in infrastructure that will be easy to use and less technical for the organisation,” Morgan added.
Google hangout is another application that will also allow people in the same organization to hold meetings while at different locations, like it is with teleconferences, using their electronic devices.
The company plans to come up with Internet domains for companies to facilitate the email communication.
“Many people know the usual Gmail. But we are talking about having a private version of ‘Gmail’ for your business.”
Morgan said what an organization will require to do is to subscribe to the service and all internet enabled devices, including mobile phones, to be used.