Google controls a country

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Ok, well, not really, but they have partnered with the Rwandan Government and the Kenya Education Network giving them access to Google Apps. This is huge advantage because it gives some 20,000 people access to Google Apps, for free at first, eventually moving up to over 200,000. This marks a huge blow to Microsoft because thats 200,000 people who are now more likely to be using Google web software like Google Docs, and Spreadsheets, Google Calender, Gmail, and others, as opposed to Microsoft Office, and Outlook.

I’m sure that this will raise privacy advocates all over the world right now, but i see it as a way for Google to continue it’s growth. By giving these people free access to these services, they will see how great they are, and if/when they start their own business, they are more likely to use Google.

Also, some other countries may be looking into this in the near future, and this could be a stepping stone for them to move on.
It’s just one more step on the ladder for Google’s World Domination plans…
full email after the click

Google Announces Partnership With Rwandan Government and Kenya Education Network to Provide Free Communications Applications
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. & KIGALI, Rwanda & NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 19, 2007 (BUSINESS WIRE) — Google Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOG) today announced separate partnerships with the Rwandan Ministry of Infrastructure and the Kenya Education Network (KENET). As a result, Rwanda’s educational institutions and government ministries, and Kenya’s universities are starting to use Google Apps(TM) – Google’s set of hosted and customizable communications services. Students in both African countries as well as Rwandan government officials will have access to free communications tools including email, shared calendars, instant messaging and word processing under their institutions’ domain names.

Rwandan Minister of State for Energy and Communications, The Hon Albert Butare, said: “This partnership will be a boost in terms of services offered to our Rwandan Academic Institutions, allowing them to collaborate in their learning activities. Furthermore, I believe communication between students and their lecturers will be enhanced as users throughout the country will now be using the same state-of-the-art, cutting edge technology that is available in other parts of the world.”

Three Rwandan universities – the National University of Rwanda, the Kigali Institute for Education and the Kigali Institute for Science and Technology – will initially have access to Google Apps Education Edition, while the country’s government ministries will be using Google Apps Standard Edition. During this first phase, around 20,000 users in Rwanda will have access to these services. A broader countywide rollout will follow shortly afterwards. The University of Nairobi's 50,000 students will be the first to be offered Google Apps for Education in Kenya. These services will then be extended to 150,000 Kenyan students at universities across the country. The rollout will be jointly coordinated by Google and KENET. Shona Brown, Senior Vice President of Business Operations at Google added: "Google has a simple ambition – to help organize the world's information, making it universally accessible and useful. For us, universality is crucial because we believe everyone should have access to the same services – wherever they live, whatever their language and regardless of income. I am delighted that we have signed this deal and look forward to working with other African governments to make life-enhancing services like free email, instant messaging and PC-to-PC phone calls more widely available across Africa." \u003c/p\>\u003cp\>Google Apps allows institutions as well as individuals to use Google's communication and collaboration applications under their own domain names. All services are hosted by Google and are available to users via any web-based PC. Google Apps includes the following services: \u003c/p\>\u003cp\>– Gmail(TM) – provides users with 2 gigabytes of storage, highly effective spam and powerful search. Gmail includes instant messaging within the email interface; \u003c/p\>\u003cp\>– Google Calendar(TM) – is an online calendar that makes it easy for people to organize their lives and share schedules with others; \u003c/p\>\u003cp\>– Google Talk(TM) – lets users make PC-to-PC voice calls and send instant messages to each other for free; \u003c/p\>\u003cp\>– Google Docs & Spreadsheets(TM) – allows people to create and collaborate on documents and spreadsheets without the need to email attachments back and forth. Different people from within the same organization can work on a document at the same time. All revisions are recorded for editing, and controls enable people to define who can and cannot share the information.

The University of Nairobi’s 50,000 students will be the first to be offered Google Apps for Education in Kenya. These services will then be extended to 150,000 Kenyan students at universities across the country. The rollout will be jointly coordinated by Google and KENET.

Shona Brown, Senior Vice President of Business Operations at Google added: “Google has a simple ambition – to help organize the world’s information, making it universally accessible and useful. For us, universality is crucial because we believe everyone should have access to the same services – wherever they live, whatever their language and regardless of income. I am delighted that we have signed this deal and look forward to working with other African governments to make life-enhancing services like free email, instant messaging and PC-to-PC phone calls more widely available across Africa.”

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