6 thoughts on “Google Sidebar, aka GBrowser Redux”

  1. Hey Om,

    Playing around with it some today, I actually think GD2 represents Google’s first toe into intelligent agents. After all, they acquired some ex-Telescript guys. Maybe AI will be back in vogue soon.

  2. Robert

    I agree. I think this whole thing is making me re-think the relevance of the operating systems. is that just become a layer on which every thing rides? i agree, the AI is about to come back into vogue, except in incremental form, and task specific.

  3. Om,

    I have been playing with GD2 a little bit as well. All the speculation today ignores the issue of distribution. Mass consumers don’t *need* this application and aren’t going to download it in numbers that have any impact beyond that of a good affiliate marketing partner.

    Until Google does something really gutsy (e.g. buy/launch a massive file sharing/p2p network designed to lock in the under 30 set) they are just another windows developer putting out marginal software.

  4. I’ve been playing around with the Sidebar for the whole day of today too. Thank God for the advent of widescreen laptops; hence, the Google Sidebar doesn’t feel like it’s stealing any of my precious on-screen real estate at all. It’s also clean, fast, intuitive, and the auto-switch news feeds feature is remarkably accurate. You’ve got my thumbs up for this, Google people, 🙂

    Oh, and one more thing.

    You wonder if there is even a need for the Google Browser anymore? My friend, being the enthusiastic Google supporter that I am, I would welcome any of their efforts with open hands.

    It would certainly be interesting if Google came up with a browser that would kick IE right there in the balls; they would also garner a whole army of web-designing fanboys if they dealt a two-in-one combo, by supporting web-standards in full, and having the browser pass the Acid Test.

    (Take that, IE7!)

  5. If Google does decide to release a browser, my bet is that it’ll be a mod of Firefox. They already support it, and they have hired one of its lead developers. It has an existing (though predominantly geek) user base already, and has lots of extensions. There’s no need for them to pour lots of money into developing a proprietary browser.

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