At the same time, Google made three major announcements that make their Google Apps family more interesting and capable.
1) The more exciting news was the purchase of DocVerse, a company that brought us collaboration from within MS Word, Excel and PowerPoint. This will be integrated into Google Apps although details are sketchy at this point. This removes the excuse of features missing from cloud-based apps, and keeps the experience familiar for power users.
2) Another announcement was around Google offering advanced backup for the Apps Suite. Details are still out, but it should provide disaster recovery (DR) level options on all the files.
3) The launch of the Google Apps Marketplace, where other cloud service providers can sell their integrated products. Integration with other SaaS is often weak at this early stage, but Single Sign On (SSO) is appearing regularly. The workflow vendors such as RunMyProcess offer great promise for this sector.The Marketplace also lists many consulting shops doing Google Apps configuration and development.
These are the pieces we need, steadily coming together. I only wish Microsoft were competing in a more timely manner -- just to keep Google honest.
PS: I'll be talking cloud stuff in April at Computerworld's SNW conference in Orlando with the folks from Nasuni.