Although my enthusiasm for Google Apps for Your Domain (GAFYD) may appear lukewarm at best, I do hope that this venture leads to mass-market adoption.
Google’s intersection with office-productivity suites is likely to stimulate innovation.
For example, I’ve blogged a fair bit recently about annotation. Google has a mechanism for annotation in Google Notebook, as does Microsoft Word. GAFYD will allow annotations to be recontextualized for the Web-enabled office. In fairness, and to avoid the Google vs. Microsoft double standard, I expect all of this will also apply to Microsoft Office Live.
It’ll be interesting to watch this unfold.
Or as Om Malik writes: “Web Office should not be about replacing the old, but inventing the new web apps that solve some specific problems.”
Looks like I’m not the only one anticipating the incorporation of Google Notebook into GAFYD, as the SEO Blog also makes this point.