I would venture that it has not been the best period for Google. As Google Apps users move to a more unified service with more features, offerings and numerous 3rd party applications this should have been a great start. Google seem to be reacting to the new competition that Office 365 brings which is a very positive move for them so it must have been a devastating blow when news of Chinese attacks on Google Apps for Government hit the headlines.
It has recently been announced in the US that Google Apps for Government have won another major contract. In a blog which reminded me of news that I used to get on my pager many years ago (I do still miss the headline delivery of news which made me sound more interesting and on the ball when sitting in the pub), a dailyator blog reports (and this is the whole thing!): “The United States General Services Administration (GSA) is moving 17,000 employees and contractors to Google Apps for Government, reportedly replacing their use of several different versions of IBM’s Lotus Notes and Domino Software. Microsoft isn’t thrilled.”