iPad a “great platform”: Google partner

Devnet launches business-focused Google Apps Store

One of Australia’s larger Google Apps partners, Devnet, has weighed in on the iPad debate, lauding the latest gadget from Google’s arch-rival, Apple.

“The iPad will be a great platform,” Devnet CEO Craig Deveson told Computerworld Australia. “It will be interesting to see how people use the devices.”

The comments follow the launch of the Devnet’s Google Apps Store which aims to stock about 12 web-based apps aimed squarely at the business market.

The company is in negotiations with several third-party application developers for the resale of their cloud-based Google apps, Deveson said.

Deveson said the new Devnet Google Apps Store had the potential to help local developers showcase their applications and increase competition in a market dominated by iPhone-based apps.

“The ecosystem will round out this year as more people move to Google Apps,” Deveson said. “This will create the critical mass. Our initial focus is web apps not mobile apps.”

Devnet was appointed as Google's Asia-Pacific partner in May 2008 for the distribution of Google Apps Premier Edition & Google Apps Partner Edition. The company claims to be Google's leading apps partner in the region.

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