CNNMoney.com - What happens when a business throws out its scheduling and collaboration tools and replaces them with Google's low-cost, online business software? To find out, we at Blumsday migrated our entire shop of roughly a dozen employees and contractors to test out Google Apps.
Six months in, it's clear that Google Apps is remarkably powerful for collaboration in many ways that Microsoft Office is not. But, unfortunately for small businesses looking to stretch their IT dollars in these hard times, Google Apps is far from perfect.
If you have not at least taken a gander at Google Apps, please do yourself a favor and click here: http://www.google.com/a. What you will find is the real deal, a "must know about" revolution in small business productivity software. Google (GOOG, Fortune 500) appears to have created a killer collaboration app for small businesses. Among the suite's many, many features: It enables groups to process documents, send and receive e-mails, schedule meetings, chat, and access centralized storage spots for critical company information.