Google has gained more than 4 million business customers and 40 million active end-users for Google Apps since it launched six years ago, but a lot of those wins are smaller companies. Even the big wins that Google talks about, like McClatchy newspapers, are often in the thousands of end users. Not true gigantic enterprises.
That's about to change.
Google Enterprise VP Amit Singh told InfoWorld today "You'll see us announce in the next four to six weeks some very, very large customers, with hundreds of thousands of users on at one time, moving to Google Apps."
Some of the others could be in government and education, two sectors where Google has had more success.
These big wins still won't contribute much to Google's coffers -- for instance, at a base price $50 per user per year, a 100,000 seat commercial win would only generate $5 million per year.
But every Google Apps win is one less sale for Microsoft's Office 365 and related products like Exchange Server. Those business products (as well as the Office suite) have been Microsoft's main growth engine for the last year.
A couple months ago at the Web 2.0 Summit, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said that Microsoft still wins in the vast majority of accounts where it goes up against Google Apps.
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