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Sep
26

Never Underestimate the Power of Google

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The Gphones are here and already major players in the industry such as Microsoft, Apple, and RIM are blowing them off. Didn’t we do this dance before?

I can understand RIM’s point of view more than Microsoft. RIM has never had to face-off against Google and although the battles of Google versus every market they have gone for is well-documented there is a difference between reading and becoming another statistic.

Microsoft on the other as traveled down this path and continues to flounder. When the Google search engine first came online Yahoo and Microsoft laughed. Are they laughing now?

Online marketing companies though the fact that Google wanted to take on PPC advertising was a farce. If the Google-Yahoo deal goes through and Google owns roughly 90% of the online advertising spots, is it still a farce?

Since this time, Google has released Chrome and like other services they have offered, Google allows the product to do the talking. 10 years from now, at the next Google anniversary will we all be using Chrome or Android powered smart phones? Time will tell. Both showcase Google’s ability of offering the customer something simple, intuitive, and often times powerful.

Chrome may not take over the browser market and the Gphone might not take over the smart phone market, but to simply disregard Google’s ability to seemingly sneak into a market then take it over is legendary. To disregard that is the highest folly a company can do.

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Sep
02

Google Launches Chrome Browser

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In yet another salvo across the bow of Microsoft, Google has launched its own web browser. The new product is open source and was actually released somewhat prematurely due to the release of an online comic book which Google created to explain the reasoning and features behind the new browser.

The Google browser is named ‘Chrome’ and the product will be officially released by Google on September 2, 2008 to over 100 countries.

In the explanatory post at the official Google blog, the company admits to having jumped the gun on sending out the online comic explaining Chrome. According to the company, Chrome will be released in beta as an open source browser for Windows – to be followed by versions for Mac and Linux.

In various published reports, the URL for the new product is listed as: http://gears.google.com/chrome/ although this address redirects to the Google homepage as of the writing of this post. According to CNET, Google will hold a press conference at its Mountain View, California headquarters on Tuesday, September 2, 2008 at 11:00 a.m. PDT to discuss the launch of the new browser technology.

While this browser development will probably not have a direct and immediate impact on companies that engage in consumer or business web hosting and dedicated servers, swift adoption of Chrome will force web development departments to check yet another browser for website compatibility.

According to parts of the comic book released to explain the browser, Google contends that most of what is viewed via browsers today are applications and not just web pages. These types of applications weren’t in mind when previous browser technologies (most of which are at least 5 years old by now) were created. It’s a pretty valid point that a browser designed today will probably fundamentally approach the display of Internet data and applications differently than a browser written 5 to 10 years ago. However, the real strategic vision at work here is probably something more in line with Google’s need to control and dominate the information and services that have come to be an essential part of daily life for the Internet-connected world.

Google has had to adhere to the technology and branding restrictions placed on it by (mostly) Microsoft – which currently controls about 70 percent of the browser marketplace with its Internet Explorer (IE) product. Microsoft has come to dominate the market space through free distribution of IE via piggybacking on the Windows OS installed on practically every commercially available PC – with the exception of Macs. Now Google looks to wrest that control away from Microsoft by using its online influence to distribute an ostensibly superior product.

Time will tell if Google will be as successful in schooling Microsoft on browsers just as it has on Internet search.

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The conclusion to my interview with Michael van Dijken and John Zanni, both from Microsoft.

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Part 2 of my interview of Michael van Dijken and John Zanni of Microsoft from Hostingcon 2008.

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At HostingCon 2008, I managed to sit down with many movers and shakers of the industry. My interviews are more conversations between professionals and as such can take anywhere from thirty minutes to an hour. Due to this, I have split the interviews into numerous parts. The following is my interview with Microsoft representatives Michael van Dijken and John Zanni and is the first part of three. And don’t worry if it seems a bit dull to start with, it begins to pick up later in the conversation. 8-D

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