Will Google Take Over More And More Of Your Desktop?
from the control-everything... dept
Last year, we wrote that Google was trying to become the user interface to the internet. However, Danny Sullivan is taking that idea and going in a slightly different direction with it. Considering Google’s move into email, he wonders if it doesn’t make sense for them to take over more of your desktop functionality. Sure, they’re giving you 1 gig for your email now, but how long will it be until they can give you 10 gigs (or 100 gigs), and can store all your documents and spreadsheets as well? Why store anything on your home machine if Google can reliably store it for you – while offering you quick and extremely powerful personalized search of all of your data? Well, there’s the whole privacy problem and the question of just how much you trust Google, but it certainly makes sense as a direction they might head in. And, as the article points out, this is why Microsoft should be scared. The more stuff that’s done away from the desktop, the less need there is for Microsoft. Of course, I’m reminded of the claims during Netscape’s heyday about how they were going to turn the browser into the operating system and destroy Microsoft, and look who won that war. Still, it’s important to realize that Google has many directions they can go in – and seeing them as a “search” company is not particularly accurate any more. The other thought on this, was that for years, folks like Larry Ellison kept pushing the concept of the “network computer” where all your data would be stored online and you would just use a dumb terminal to reach it. Wouldn’t it be amusing if Google basically backed into that reality?