Top 10 Google Apps Marketplace Add-Ons
It's been nine months since Google launched its Apps Marketplace. It gives third-party developers access to the same cloud platform as Google Apps for Business, which offers organizations tailored, private versions of Gmail, Google Docs, and other Google apps. It's all part of Google's push to get workers into cloud-based applications, and away from software such as Microsoft Office.
Wed, December 22, 2010
PC World — It's been nine months since Google launched its Apps Marketplace. It gives third-party developers access to the same cloud platform as Google Apps for Business, which offers organizations tailored, private versions of Gmail, Google (GOOG) Docs, and other Google apps. It's all part of Google's push to get workers into cloud-based applications, and away from software such as Microsoft Office.
Some of the apps in the Marketplace complement existing Google Apps functionality, although most offer entirely new functionality, such as accounting or customer relationship management (CRM).
Because the apps are cloud-based they're usually accessed through a Web browser, rather than downloaded. The apps can be accessed on phones and tablet devices in addition to laptops and desktop computers. Additionally, cloud apps can be accessed anywhere there's a network connection.
A significant number of the apps are free, although licensing costs for the paid-for apps are perhaps slightly lower compared to that of traditional PC-based software, and are usually on a per-user, monthly basis.
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The nine months since the Marketplace inception have clearly been busy as there are now more than 250 applications available, and four million users have at least one of those apps installed on their Google Apps domain.
As the year draws to a close Google has put together a top 10 list of user favorites. The three most popular categories are Project Management, Customer Relationship Management (CRM), and Accounting and Finance. Of those, Google says CRM is the most searched-for term by those looking for new apps. It perhaps comes as no surprise that the top 10 list is populated by either free apps, or ones that are cut-down versions of premium applications.
The top 10 is as follows, with each entry listed alongside their category and upgrade fees, if any.
What it's for: Project and task management
This project and task management tool offers total integration with Google Docs, such as the capability to attach Docs to tasks, projects and events, and to assign tasks via e-mails. It integrates with existing Google Calendars too, to give an overview of project milestones--and it features a microblogging feature.