18 thoughts on “Google Grows Up, Gets An Office”

  1. For a database app, at least hosted by Google, they could modify Google Base. This way anything shared could be added to the public database automatically.

    If they ever get around to placing all of the ‘Office’ tools on an appliance this might take more effort to replicate. That’s the one thing I am waiting for Google releasing these to be deployed internal to an organization on an appliance.

    Tie this into their search engine and you not only have the productivity applications, which should tie into the online version. But you could also have a way for the search appliance to index and build the ‘SharePoint-ish’ document repository automatically

    If I recall correctly IBM sells a network-based Office suite based upon the old Smart Suite of products (to think I used to teach that…maybe I’m officially ‘old’ now).


  2. About time too. Google need to delivery useable software and not just flights of fantasy from the development community. Any more disasters such as the first version of Google Reader would surely knock Google’s credibility. They are on borrowed time and need to deliver quality products. “Features, not Products” says it all. Let’s hope this is indeed what they do.

  3. Hi Om,

    Are you still concerned about security? Would you use Google for Domains or Google Office for yourself or company? I believe you had doubts about Google Domains earlier in the year.


  4. The Google page creator could easily morph into a slide show app. If you go there now and substitute every mention of the word page with slide and add some of the usual objects used in presentations it would be enough for a labs release.

  5. I love Google, unlike the Microsoft, they listen to the customers and constantly improve. But I agree with Om that they don’t deviate from their original objectives. Cheers.

  6. Getting on the Office space is all fine, but will people make the change from MS-Office? In my opinion, developing new technology products/services is the easiest bit, getting people to switch is the tough part. Time only will tell.

  7. mixed feelings about this – is hardly ground-breaking stuff, is it? crikey, i was working on x-windows object-oriented distributed WYSIWYG office apps some 10yrs ago (the wonderful applix/aster*x/alis products) – also, this ‘new’ (sic) approach reminds me of the sun/oracle initiative from a few years back – sun/oracle obsessed rather too much, for too long re: microsoft – let them do what they do best (eg office apps, etc) and focus elsewhere, guys – or, are you already running out of ideas?

  8. Sure – I would use this. Just as I am working through my online Excel sheet with my company income statement, Google will send me a targeted ad for tax consultants and tax lawyers because their analysis of my “protected data” shows them I have some good deductions I may or may not be aware of.

    Call me crazy but Context based advertising is the only Revenue model Google has. Context based ads come from analyzing data – public and private. No way this tool will see mainstream adoption – regardless of cost.

    Just my 2 cents.

  9. “PS: Google Office its almost ready: GCal, GMail, Docs & Spreadsheets and Chat. What’s missing – a database app and slide show app.”

    What’s missing is integration. Where’s the search across applications? Separate search for email, calendar, docs & spreasheets, reader, etc?

  10. I took a look at the spreadsheet during beta – and gave them about 50 feedback concerns on security and why I’d never touch it again unless they fixed it. You’d have to be insane to use it for anything even remotely confidential and there’s no way any of my business info is going near it.

  11. Dear OM,
    In your posting other day about the rumours of Google acquiring YouTube, you took a stand that this deal most likely won’t make much sense..

    Now that acquision news is anounced, what’s your reasoning abt this ?? Please let us know ..


  12. Gtall i sgreat next thing peoplr are eagerly waiting for is Video /Web Cam compatibilty in Google talk. If we get that i can tell you yahoo and microsoft will lose lots of it customers. I’m bettiing on this.


  13. Googel or not it is all about the Web 2.0 issues!!!

    So, Ok, what is The Next after Web 2.0 ?

    If Web 2.0 is syndicating, sharing and taking the internet to its elementary pieces, then the Next is applying activates between the elements of Web 2.0.

    If Content in Web 2.0 is an elementary piece, then the Next elementary piece is the relations per se, which are combined in the content, between such contents and which are linked by/via/to it.

    Imagine peers having their private “knowledge base” on each of their machines. Imagine each of the peers employs each other’s machines, but contrary to grid computing or distributed computing, they do so in short pulses and in a developed reaction, in which each of the peers forms and not only performs the tasks, while earning and ranking the trust of the others.

    If sharing in Web 2.0 is exercised by delivery of contents, then another scale of processing the information is opened up for such communities.

  14. When I think online applications, I think mobile devices. Trying to deal with a small form factor and get good battery life is a huge incentive to move all the computational and storage requirements you can off of the device. Considering most people expect the computing/Internet experience for 3/4 of the world’s population to come from mobile devices, this is the a very important field to be working in for the long term.

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