Google hits the big 1-0

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Google hits the big 1-0

Hot on the heels of its entry into the web browser market with Chrome, internet giant Google has celebrated its tenth birthday.

From lowly beginnings – the firm was started by founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin in a Stanford dorm room, and then run out of a suburban garage – Google has come to dominate the web search market, expanding into enterprise search, messaging, blogging, social networking, and recently the Android mobile phone platform.

Traditionally eschewed by enterprise IT buyers, Google products are increasingly seen as a viable proposition – for example its hosted applications suite Google Apps Premier Edition now offers enterprise grade security functionality courtesy of the acquisition of Postini last year.

Now headquartered in Mountain View, California, the firm is valued at approximately £74 billion.

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