Tuesday, January 03, 2006

Now: Google < MS, Future: Google > MS?

Google is really starting to accelerate their product releases. If this article can be believed, then Google is stepping into a whole new realm that will not only annoy MS, but also Dell, HP and others.
Cheap PCs, anyone?

Google will unveil its own low-price personal computer or other device that connects to the Internet.

Sources say Google has been in negotiations with Wal-Mart Stores Inc., among other retailers, to sell a Google PC. The machine would run an operating system created by Google, not Microsoft's Windows, which is one reason it would be so cheap — perhaps as little as a couple of hundred dollars.

Bear Stearns analysts speculated in a research report last month that consumers would soon see something called "Google Cubes" — a small hardware box that could allow users to move songs, videos and other digital files between their computers and TV sets.

Larry Page, Google's co-founder and president of products, will give a keynote address Friday at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Analysts suspect that Page will use the opportunity either to show off a Google computing device or announce a partnership with a big retailer to sell such a machine.

If Google wants this to work, they will need to provide desktop productivity applications (word processing, spreadsheet, etc) out of the box to consumers, whether it be online applications or installed on the PC. A simple solution would be to just package OpenOffice.org on each PC that goes out the door. But the 'Google' approach should be to put these applications on the web for free or charge a paltry yearly service fee.

But in the end it could end up being a very cheap way to get an extra terminal for home so your missus doesn't keep trying to use your machine. Just make sure it has email, IM and a web browser and the female end of the market will be happy.

Industry Feeling Presence of the 800-Pound Google - Los Angeles Times


sandspur said...

"Just make sure it has email, IM and a web browser and the female end of the market will be happy."

Yeah, because we all know females only use a computer to surf while eating bon-bons and watching soap operas. Idiot.

apotheosis said...

Beat me to it, sandspur.

Craig said...

Don't blame me if your wife wastes her life eating bon-bons and watching soapies.

95% of the time my wife spends on the computer it is for web, IM and email. So does your wife spend all her time in Word writing letters of appreciation to the manufacturers of bon-bons and writing crappy scripts for the soapies she watches? Good on her.

Better start saving for the forklift.

I made a generalisation about the use of a home computer and you took it to mean that I was saying that is all females do... way to jump to conclusions sandspur.

sandspur said...

Craig, I *AM* the wife. And I can assure you that my other-than-work computer use doesn't involve bon-bons or soap operas (at least, not often).
When wearing my wife-and-mom hat, it can involve creating databases, spreadsheets and websites for the kids' soccer teams and hubby's fantasy football league. And powerpoint presentations for those end of the season banquets. Managing the family's medical, scholastic, insurance, etc. data, (including those important letters to the manufacturers of bon-bons)is a big part my computer use. There are many, many other women just like me who use computers in their spare time to manage all the details of their communities' social fabric.

As for jumping to conclusions, take an objective look at your statement.
Are you now saying that it was not your intent to stereotype women's use of computers as lazy, less intelligent and less important than that of their male counterparts?

I regret calling you an idiot, since it seems that you have only your wife's computer use for an example and apparently she fits your generalization.

Your post was spot on up until that last statement.