TechCrunch leaked it first, we passed it along and today GrandCentral makes it official. GrandCentral is now a Google property. I know I mentioned it in my previous post, but I think this needs it's own headline. Vincent says in the blog that for the foreseeable future they'll "work with Google to add capacity, work out any kinks, fix bugs, and add a ton more great features." He also mentions that they will continue to offer much of the service for free. It comes as a surprise, because I have been hoping for them to come out and say what the service will cost. I'd like to pay a bit just to get just a bit more control and a bit more response to my occasional technical issues. Also, I think that every once in a while, I'd like to talk to someone about the service. Is anyone listening?
By the way, if you'd like an invite to GrandCentral, which is now in private beta, drop me a line.
Update: first batch of invites sent. See comments.
Listen to the voice mail announcement from Craig and Vincent:
About Phil Yanov
Phil Yanov is a Technologist, Columnist and Public Radio Commentator.
He is the founder of Tech After Five as well as the founder and President of the GSA Technology Council and the IT Leadership Council.
His personal technology column appears in Greenville Business Magazine and the Columbia Business Journal.
He co-hosts the Your Day technology shows heard on NPR radio stations across South Carolina and is a frequent contributor to technology stories appearing on radio and television.