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"In an interview with the Financial Times, Mr Schmidt said Google would not seek to turn its website into a broader internet portal, a move that would take it into more direct competition with Microsoft and Yahoo.
One widely rumoured defence against Microsoft has been a Google web browser potentially countering the software giant's ability to embed its own search engine into its operating system.
'We are not building a browser,' Mr Schmidt said."
Mr Schmidt said Google would not seek to turn its website into a broader internet portal, a move that would take it into more direct competition with Microsoft and Yahoo.
Nope, no portal. Just email, newsgroups, personal search, shopping search, phonebook, local search, maps/directions, financial quotes, and advertisements. ;-)
What's next, travel search?
If it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck...
But Jake is right: Google is a portal, but they are working hard to hide the fact. Thier challenge remains to keep the google.com home as simple as possible and at the same time promoting other services. Froogle is listed, but for example will Gmail be if they ever get it out of beta?
Hmm, roast chicken!
Some of these companies make it so easy for Bill to win.
Bill's success depends on the OS (which the browser is tied to), not the browser itself. But Google isn't building an OS either - rather, they are using Windows and .NET to build many of their new projects (Orkut, Google Desktop Search...) and adapting Windows components to insert their own technology (Toolbar, GDS again...).
Google have decided to "hijack" Windows and IE rather than replace them. If they pull it off, then Bill gets to do all the hard work and Google reap the rewards. It's a very big "If".
They also said that Mozilla was already developing good bowsers and there was no need for them to develop browsers.
Why laden our slow machines when we can get Google's high performance servers and our 500k connections to do all the work. That way our PCs will not go out of date so quickly, and we'd all be able to work exactly as we would at home from anywhere in the world.
Google has already proved it can make web-based email quicker and more efficient than a desktop application. What's next, a Google Web-Based Word Processor?
I'm patenting all my ideas and applying for copywrites now.
The whole logical strategy for Google imho is to make the MS OPERATING system obselete - not the browser! They do this by taking the traditional functionalities of a computer off the OS and onto the web (ideally onto Google) so that they can be used through ANY browser. It is the ANY browser that is the key - if successful, the strategy would make all PCs $100 cheaper overnight and Microsoft would have to give away Windows for free.
The whole logical strategy for Google imho is to make the MS OPERATING system obselete - not the browser!
Microsoft makes most money from the Office cash cow - they could give away OS for free, in fact cost of OEM Windows is pretty low - something in region of $45. Its not a lot - cost of 3-4 movie tickets, and the benefit you can take from OS is a lot bigger. Its not about OS that Microsoft can afford to give away.