I recently received this email from the Google Local Business Center:
Google Apps helps you focus more on your business, less on IT hassles
As a small business owner, you don’t want to spend additional time, money and energy on IT hassles. That’s why the Local Business Center team would like to introduce you to Google Apps Standard Edition, our suite of free, easy-to-use online messaging and collaboration tools for businesses like yours. Apps is hosted by Google so you don’t need to install or maintain any hardware or software, and you can access your account from just about any computer.
When you sign-up for a Google Apps Standard Edition account, you can:
Get customized email for your domain with Gmail for Business
Seamlessly share and manage schedules with Google Calendar
Quickly create websites as easily as drafting documents with Google Sites
Easily create, share, and collaborate on documents, presentations, and spreadsheets withGoogle Docs
In just 3 easy steps, you can sign-up for your FREE Google Apps Standard Edition account
Last week it was reported as well that Google UK is offering free websites AND free domain registrations to small businesses. If you had any doubt about Google going after the very small business with a complete list of internet services, this should make it perfectly clear.
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Google Now Cross Promoting Other Web Services Directly to LBC Users
by Mike Blumenthal