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Google Office - again

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March 10, 2006 09:08 AM PST

The rumors of a Google Office just won't die. Now Google has apparently snatched up Writely an Axax based word processor that I've mentioned here before. Combine that with the leaked info about Gdrive and I guess we might see a web based office suite after all. -Maybe all that hoopla over Google and Sun working together was just a distraction after all.


Comments (6)
Paul, March 10, 2006 01:28 PM:

Software commoditized hardware. Services (and "your data anywhere") will commoditize software. Do you really care what OS you're running when browsing the web or reading web-email or writing in your blog, or posting the pictures you took with your cellphone to flickr?

What kind of computer do you want? "I want the blue one". "I don't need a computer, I have a phone".

There will always need to be client software, but it's getting less and less interesting to make. Especially if what you have to work with is C, win32 and ATL.

John, March 14, 2006 04:18 PM:

Google buys SketchUp. They make a cool product, but I'm having a hard time seeing how this fits into the grand Google scheme for information dominance.

Paul, March 14, 2006 07:43 PM:

Well, it was after TGIF and there might have been drink involved, plus we couldn't find any Xbox 360s, so we had to buy something.

J, March 14, 2006 08:16 PM:

These Google acquisitions seem to be pretty low valuation. It's more like they're just buying the company to get the few key employees, since actually hiring them away would be hard. Pretty good strategy.

J, March 17, 2006 02:53 PM:

Any word if this SketchUp is going to be free like Picasa and Earth? It looks like a cool toy.

Paul, March 17, 2006 06:03 PM:

SketchUp is really awesome, easy to use. You can get an 8 hour demo here. Not sure what the pricing will be in the future though (but history has shown that Picasa, Analytics and Google Earth became free, which is what I'm hoping for).

wrt Writely: here's an interview with Eric Schmidt where he says: "Office is not the business we're in, we want to do new things." Seriously, has MS Office really added anything useful since Office 97?






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