Google sets Apps Marketplace live

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Google sets Apps Marketplace live

Service will offer third-party add-ons.

Google has unveiled an online market for its Apps service.

The Apps Marketplace will allow users to browse, purchase and install third-party plug-ins for the Premier, Standard and Education editions of the Google Apps service.

The company said that users will be able to add the plug-ins to their accounts directly from the marketplace after agreeing to the vendor's terms of service and granted access to the data components used by the plug-in.

The web-based service will allow vendors to offer their plug-ins while still giving Google some control over the development and distribution. Vendors such as Apple and Salesforce.com use similar models for their products, as does Google with the Android Market.

The company estimates that already has some 50 vendors working on offerings for the Apps Marketplace service.

"The Google Apps Marketplace gives software vendors access to a rapidly growing Google Apps customer base of 25 million users from 2 million businesses and universities," said Google Apps partner lead Scott McMullan.

"By embracing open standards like OpenID and OAuth, and by giving software vendors freedom of choice for both billing arrangement and hosting platform, Google makes it easy to build apps for the Google Apps Marketplace."

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