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Google: Consumer Input Spurred OneBox

Google's new OneBox for Enterprise had a low priority just a few months ago, but bubbled quickly into a top corporate mission, according to Dave Girouard, general manager of Google's enterprise business.

In an interview following his keynote address at this week's Search Engine Meeting in Boston, Girouard said the OneBox solution, which is a partnership with several software and hardware vendors, will be released in Beta next week.

"It started as a simple idea on Google.com," he said. "We decided we wanted to take that metaphor and spring it into the enterprise." Girouard added that OneBox for Enterprise had its genesis primarily through consumer use of its search engine rather than through enterprise usage, and he expects the "consumer-to-enterprise" scenario to be followed repeatedly in the future as Google develops new products.

"People are more satisfied with consumer applications than with what they use at work," he said. "It's consumers who are driving innovation. Enterprise search just hasn't been useful enough for end users."

So, what's next, Girouard was asked.

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