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What the hooey does word processing have to do with search? I'll tell you... not a dang thing. Just another chunk of screen real estate to plaster advertising all over.
What the heck happened to Google?
how about "don't use MS Word, but use our online service, where you can save, and access it from anywhere." This is very important to the future...
I hear what you're saying, but what has that got to do with search?
There are already a dozen online storage dumps that are free, this one will be no different. And regardless it still has nothing to do with search.
I can't help but be disappointed with Google. They are every bit the monopoly that MS is, yet the funny name seems to engender some weird cult mentality.
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o The interface is clear and simple.
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Example: Word97 documents, when saved as HTML, had pretty clean code and could be used as is to put up web pages. Still have some recipes on line on my first personal homepage done that way, and they're fine..
Scenario: Someone is on vacation visiting with relatives, no personal laptop. But OP's computer can be used. So using online mail service and/or a printer, correspondence can be done, as well as updating websites when necessary.
The web stuff is related to search, keeping sites up to date and "fresh." That's just off the top of my head.
Google+Monopoly=Sacrifice a little surfing privacy for a service that is free, gives you what you want(more likely if you use the tool correctly) and is free!
I dont want ot see google expanding too quickly into other markets(which it seems it has) but i pray to god they become a player in the software industry.
Some have speculated that they will buy sun systems. If they do so, with the talent in their ranks, and do it good then i will gladly have another reason to abandon MS.
With the capital they now have they can look to other markets whilst still improving search. They just need to find the balance.
Anolonda, they may be a monopoly in search and may be looking to get in bed with other players, but lets just give them some more time before we judge. I have my GoogleGlasses on, hope you are not blinded by the glare...
I'm surprised that the GBrowser isn't here yet.
Don't be. They are patiently waiting for MS to lose a bit more market share. Once that happens, along comes Google to the rescue and in one big swoop takes a big chunk of market share. Tie in the GBrowser with their purchase of dark fiber networks, mapping of major cities, the buying of any company that does anything remotely technological. Google is getting prepared for Planet Google. Mark my words. And you thought MS had a monopoly? Snicker, snicker, snicker.
What's the future look like? Oh, let's see...
The list goes on and on. Google is like this giant octopus right now and it has its tenacles dangling about all over the place. Once it finishes "suckling" everyone, it will retract its tenacles and we'll all be locked in its grips forever. ;)
They've got a huge advantage when it comes to competing with Google - they are the underdog.
Acquiring Writely is a good example of how Microsoft and Google are taking a different approach to the market. Businesses would never think of having their employees use tools where advertisements are commonly shown. For the average surfer away from the office, something like Writely with ads is perfect.
A way more convenient service that some here are giving credit, even for businesses (especially small businesses without a VPN), and inter business collaborations.
My introduction to writely was a few months back when me and three other people, who've never met, had to work together to crack out a mission statement for a collab project. Writely ended up being the perfect tool for that. One central place where all 4 of us could log into, see the changes the others had made, and put in our own changes, without having to co-ordinate schedules.
If you've ever had to do something of this nature, you'll understand how powerful and usefull a tool this is.
Google buying Writely:
I resisted that GMail invite for months - even though I first got it when people were selling them on eBay for over $100.
Eventually I succumbed because of the underlying usefullness of the product.
I'm not gonna rage against the machine on this one. I'm getting bored of raging against the machine.
In fact, I think I've been reduced to pop-culture reference sarcasm.
We are the Google. Resistance is futile. Your data WILL be assimilated.
"It won't be long before MS has a "me-too" offering... "
Its funny how people think everything Google does is "revolutionary" and "newsworthy". Microsoft was the first one who came up with OfficeLive and Google is the one who is coming up with "me-too" offering. Another example of Google offering "me-too" is AdWords offering demographic targetting.
It will be really sad when people actually use GDrive and Writely and make their private information, not so private. All because it will be free.
I am really surprised that Origami didn't even make it to the front page of this forum. Biased, are we?
Actually, MS doesn't have a web word processor but they are no doubt feverishly working on one now. Office and OS revenue is MS's bread and butter so a web word processor is significant.
MS marketing surrounding Office Live is suffiently good that people actually believe there is a word processor when there is none. MS is good at shaping perception.
Google wants to move applications and storage off of the desktop.
MS needs to create an offering that is nearly as good, embrace and extend it, defeat the competition, let it languish then lead users back to the desktop probably through some form integration.
1 monopolist == bad
while there is a monopolist the emergence of a second monopolist == good
potential struggle between the two == very very good :)