One of the largest issues for corporations who have “Gone Google” was the fact that the Google Apps Administration console only allowed a single domain name per Google Apps Account. So if a company had employees who had different @company.com email addresses, the Google Apps System Administrators would need to setup multiple Google Apps accounts and manage the employees accounts separately thus creating islands of employees and destroying any hope of collaboration between employees who work for the same company… <sigh>
Well Google has finally decided to step the madness by introducing Multi-domain support in a new Admin control panel for Google Apps Administrators.
HUGE news for both Google Apps users and Google since Microsoft Exchange has been able to support multi-domains for um.. 10 years or more. My guess is this limitation with Google Apps has been a serious show stopper for larger companies who might have been thinking about “Going Google”.
Now the bad news… Unfortunately the Google Apps Multi-Domain support is only being made available for Premier and Education editions of Google Apps so those of you using the Free version of Google Apps are out of luck. I guess Google thought if your company/non-profit only has > 50 users / employees you probably don’t need Multi-Domain support. Personally, I disagree however I guess you should expect to get what you pay for.