BLOGNAME: LOUDER THAN WORDSAn informal, stream-of-consciousness reflection on business ideas, events and issues in modern business, modern life and with some specifics to the web-software industry by Paul Tomori, Internet Entrepreneur
A Shiny New Product From The Company That Just Gets It
By Paul Tomori
Tuesday, September 02, 2008 at 06:18:03 (EDT)
Google announced yesterday (Labour Day) the release of a new web browser (Chrome) designed to complete the paradigm shift for people who think that Microsoft is still the King (word to the wise: Microsoft has relegated itself to Court Jester). Google's magical search engine, which arrived on the internet scene over 10 years ago in all its stark beauty, now has a shiny new delivery. I know that one should never under-estimate a company like Microsoft with a bankroll bigger than some countries' net worth, but hell, they can't seem to get anything right these days. Ironically, the antitrust decision against them (which I believed to be unfair), perhaps dented more than their armour. With countless security holes, products that get worse and less intuitive (i.e. has anyone actually enjoyed using the new Word?), a new operating system that freezes computers, and a leader who has now retired in order to give his money away, Microsoft worshippers make me laugh.
Did I mention that Google's new browser is open-source? Web-based software development just got a shot of adrenalin (and hopefully an innoculation against browser-based viruses). And, I must say that it feels good to have several more of my business decisions in recent years validated by Google's step toward re-defining computing away from the "computer on every desktop". Instead, we are heading to a computer in the "clouds" that everyone taps into from the desktop AND the subway AND even the Mojave Desert! My company's whole business model centers around cloud computing and the notion that software should NOT be something you install on your computer - rather, it should be something you simply login to on a subscription basis.
I am going to hold my breath for the release of Chrome for the Mac as I strongly believe it won't take long for Google to do up a Mac-version of their browser... if they know what's good for them... (and I think it is indisputable that they do!).
"Today, what we use the web most for on a day-to-day basis aren't just webpages, they're applications. - Brian Rakowski, Product Manager, Google Chrome"
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