Private label Gmail

I’ve heard again and again…

“I’d love to use Gmail for my company mail and can POP mail *IN* but can’t send mail with my company domain *OUT*. I’d pay to be able to do this!”

So this raises the following questions for me:

Some questions:

  1. What size would the market be for this in the A) personal B) small/home-office and C) medium/large corporate spaces? Would individuals and companies really ditch Outlook/Exchange?
  2. Would this ‘private label’ version of Gmail still show ads?
  3. Would it cost money? If so, how much, and if not, would ads be the only revenue stream?
  4. When can we expect to see this new offering?

My guesses:

  1. A) Not large. Individuals with their own domains probably want the extra features that geek-mail-software offers, or the integration with Palm and such that Outlook offers.
    B) Pretty substantial. Folks in this position may travel a bunch and really relish being able to check and send (branded) e-mail from any computer. Also, they’re not likely to have MS Exchange set up.
    C) Questionable. Such firms likely are too entrenched in an Exchange environment and have security / privacy concerns that have already been QA’d against Outlook.
  2. By default, yes, but you could pay (extra) to get rid of them.
  3. I anticipate a three tier set of offerings: Free (current version), Private Domains, and Enterprise, with only the latter having a fee based upon number of seats. No idea of the cost per seat, though.
  4. September 12, 2005 or April 1, 2006

Your thoughts?






8 responses to “Private label Gmail”

  1. pb Avatar

    IMAP would also be a requirement. POP is entirely inadequate.

  2. Sam Avatar

    Spetember 12th? why then?

  3. Adam Avatar

    Why Sept 12?

    As usual, no inside info… just occasionally good guesses 😉

    I know, I know… magic is more fun when you don’t know how the hot dogs are made (how’s that for mixed metaphors), but I’ll share how I came to the Sept 12th guess:

    – It’s a Monday.
    – It’s after Intern Time.
    – It’s a prime corporate-purchasing time.
    – Not too close to summer vacation, Thanksgiving, Christmas, or Tax Day.
    – Not too close to April 1 (‘cause that’d be the more fun time to release this stuff)

    I was nearly spot on with my flickr-acquisition date guess (okay, admittedly the wrong COMPANY, but hey, let’s not get too picky). So let’s see how close I get on this one 🙂

  4. Josh Avatar

    I think it might farther out than a year. Keep in mind, they don’t have the public version out of beta. They would first have to “release” Gmail to the public before considering releasing corporate versions.

  5. term Avatar complimentwhosewondered

  6. John Avatar

    Which facilities are there in corporate versions.

  7. Volodymyr Avatar

    Gmail Labs is the best one i gess

    Becouse the space is growing and ur accnt is etternal. If u host ur site and made a mail within you can loose ur mail adress with the hosting. That is a pity

What do you think?