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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... Chrome vs. Android, and where's Larry (Page, CEO)?
As Google's (GOOG) outgoing CEO Eric Schmidt's talks usually are, today's at Moble World Congress was candid, informative and full of "with your permissions". He spoke on a number of topics but the most interesting I'll break down below.
On the recent Nokia- Microsoft Deal:
"We would've loved if they chose Android. They chose Windows. The offer to adopt later is still open. We MORESeth Weintraub - Feb 15, 2011 5:40 PM ET
In an interview with the Sunday Telegraph, the Google Chairman said he'd do just about anything to avoid investigations, even change its search algorithms.
Google's (GOOG) outgoing CEO was candid on the company's trouble with EU investigators, which seem to be sniffing around just about every business the search and services goliath gets into these days. From the relatively benign car data gathering, to its possible abuse of power in search MORESeth Weintraub - Feb 7, 2011 5:49 PM ET
The soon to be Ex-CEO also announced Google would add 1,000 more jobs in Europe
You'll want to skip ahead to 6 minutes unless...just skip ahead.
Current Google (GOOG) CEO Eric Schmidt says that his "next decade at Google will be better than his previous decade," suggesting that he'll be sticking around for a while. He also discusses crowd-sourcing, smartphones and Google knowing what you want before you search, or MORESeth Weintraub - Jan 25, 2011 10:39 AM ET
It seems that the move may not have only ended Google's presence in China, but also Schmidt's tenure.
In a piece in the New Yorker, Googled Author Ken Auletta argues that the decision to pull Google (GOOG) out of China was the turning point for outgoing CEO Eric Schmidt in his decision to step down from the company's Chief Executive role.
According to close advisors, the Google C.E.O. was upset a year ago when MORESeth Weintraub - Jan 23, 2011 2:37 PM ET
It is safe to say that no one saw this coming, which may mean that there is some truth to Google's statements.
Every time there is change at the top of a company, customers, vendors, shareholders...just about everyone wants to know what happened. Often it isn't good news. But, buried in yesterday's management shakeup news, Google's (GOOG) earnings beat the street. Year over year growth was up almost 30%. Outside of Facebook MORESeth Weintraub - Jan 21, 2011 10:23 AM ET
We know why Jobs left. Schmidt, the numbers suggest, is out for very different reasons
In a post entitled "Why Eric Schmidt had to go," Asymco's Horace Dediu, cuts through the millions of bits spilled Thursday over Google CEO's surprise reassignment with two simple charts.
The first, at right, compares Apple's (AAPL) growth rate over the past quarter with Google's (GOOG).
Apple, he points out, grew about 2.5 times faster. "The companies are MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Jan 21, 2011 7:56 AM ET
Larry Page, the original Google CEO, gets his job back.
No one saw it coming. Sure the Google board, Larry Page, Sergey Brin and Eric Schmidt knew about the executive change-up bomb they were about to drop Thursday, but for most everyone else within Google (GOOG) and without, the news of Schmidt's departure as CEO came as a complete surprise. So was it a pleasant surprise?
The short answer is, not exactly. MOREMichael V. Copeland, Senior Writer - Jan 20, 2011 9:00 PM ET
The falling prices of handsets and the buildout of advanced mobile networks will help Android grow at unprecedented rates in the developing world, according to Google's head of Android.
Andy Rubin tweeted last week that Google (GOOG) was activating 300,000 Android phones a day. That number reflects incredible growth in a year that started with a tenth as many activations. At 300,000 phones/day, Google is on track to activate over 110 million MORESeth Weintraub - Dec 14, 2010 10:25 AM ET
By some measures. we're hitting an Internet age that leaves Google behind. But here's a prescription to keep search relevant in the face of Facebook's social empire.
By Kevin Kelleher, contributor
Being king of the web is a short-lived gig. Only several years ago the web was navigated by search and Google was the clear king of innovation. Now, as the web takes on an increasingly social structure we seem to be MOREDec 6, 2010 3:00 AM ET
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