Dave Girouard first joined Google seven years ago, back when the search company wasn't even on the radar of corporate customers. Girouard now serves as president of Google's (GOOG) enterprise division, a fast-growing (though still tiny) part of the company's business. Over three million corporate customers subscribe to Google Apps, a suite of web services that includes customized email addresses, shared documents and calendars. And Google is determined to make its successful Android mobile operating system a viable competitor to RIM's (RIMM) BlackBerries and Apple's (AAPL) iPhones in the workplace. I recently caught up with Girouard to find out how his division is tackling reliability and security issues (not to mention competition from Microsoft (MSFT), Android's prospects as a business-ready device and what the upcoming management changes at Google could mean for the company's enterprise business.
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Google's Voice services are set to go mainstream in 2011.
Google (GOOG) is testing number portability on Google Voice (update: it was just taken down) which allows users to move their primary phone number to Google and then forward to a new number assigned by their carrier. I did this a few months ago at the invitation of Google and haven't looked back. I can now forward my calls to my landline, MORESeth Weintraub - Jan 20, 2011 12:13 AM ET
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