The tech buzz this morning is about Google's announcement overnight that it has launched Google Apps Premier, a subscription package of premium, hosted business applications in direct competition with Microsoft.
"With Google Apps, our customers can tap into an unprecedented stream of technology and innovation at a fraction of the cost of traditional installed solutions," said Google vice president Dave Girouard.
The hosted package will cost US$50 per user.
The service will include the existing Google Apps tools - GMail, Google Calendar, Google Talk and IM as well as the Google Docs applications that are now integrated into the suite. Webmail will come with 10 GB of storage and Apps Premier includes service level agreements that promise 99.9% uptime and 24/7 tech support.
Here's a roundup of discussion on the subject: Techmeme