[LINK] itNews: 'Google clips Exchange backup service'
Roger.Clarke at xamax.com.au
Mon Jan 23 09:19:33 EST 2012
[Make that 51 cloud outages ...]
Google clips Exchange backup service
Jan 23, 2012 6:50 AM (1 hour ago)
Google has revealed plans to axe its Postini-based cloud back-up
service for Microsoft Exchange emails in a new round of cuts to the
firm's product portfolio.
The axing of Google Message Continuity would occur despite "hundreds
of thousands" of businesses signing up since December 2010.
The service was charged at $US25 per seat for non-Apps customers.
It wasn't necessarily a failure, Dave Girouard, Google's vice
president of product management, said.
But by contrast, "millions" of businesses had moved entirely to its
Google Apps product, and that its efforts would focus on that
instead, Girouard said.
Current customers will be nudged towards Google Apps as the primary
messaging and collaboration platform, but will have access to the
service for the duration of the contract.
Several other products are to be shuttered or offloaded.
Google will open source its Sky Map Android app for astronomy
enthusiasts, while Needlebase, a publishing platform that scrapes and
organises data from websites, which Google acquired with its travel
sector purchase, ITA Software, will be retired on June 1, 2012.
The Picnik photo editor meanwhile will be retired on April 19, 2012,
followed the next day by Google's Social Graph API.
Also on the chopping block will in March will be a client-hosted
version of Urchin Software, an analytics tool behind Google
Analytics. Google will retain the online version of the product.
The latest cull came shortly after Google's shares fell almost nine
percent after it missed revenue expectations and reported an eight
percent fall in second quarter revenues from its "cost per click"
advertising customers compared with last year.
Google said its overall $10.6 billion quarterly revenues would have
been $240 million higher if it went back to last year's foreign
Google CEO Larry Page said its recently launched social network
platform Google+ now had 90 million users.
"Over 60 percent of them engage daily and over 80 percent weekly,"
said Page according to a Seeking Alpha trascript.
There are currently a total of 250 million Android devices, he added
while Gmail now had 350 million active users.
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