The theory of hosted services has barely got out of the box and in looks like Google are going to make a serious play in this area. Garett Rodgers has found a few newish domains relating to Google services, and mentions the hosted communications beta test Google are running.
“This special beta test lets you give Gmail, Google’s webmail service, to every user at your domain. Gmail for your domain is hosted by Google, so there’s no hardware or software for you to install or maintain.”
For services vendors, it’s surely going to be like going up against a free version of Microsoft Office – virtually impossible?