Gdrive & Google’s Writely

Hush! Google is on march. Would you be scared? Nope, did you say?

The extraordinary interest that Google generates in what it is up to is stupendous, and Gdrive was no exception. Nobody knows for positive it would be Gdrive, but the name persisted. And extremely soon, a pattern seems to have emerged. According to pundits, Google shortly plans to come out with ‘virtual difficult disc’. Now what is that?

The webcast

It all began on an innocuous morning (March 2), but special for these who wanted to attend the planned webcast of ‘Google Analyst Day [http://investor.google.com/webcast.html]’. As is normally the case with Google these days, all eyes had been firmly glued to the presentation. In attendance was one particular Greg Linden of Seattle, who swiftly pieced with each other apparently disparate details that Google offered (slides 19, 20 &amp 31 according to Linden) on that day, and this is what he has to say [http://glinden.blogspot.com/2006/03/in-planet-with-infinite-storage.html]:

Quote–&#13Slide 31 says that Google’s philosophy to new item development is “no constraints” and that they initially ignore “CPU power, storage, bandwidth, and monetization.”

Slide 20 says (in the notes) that Google plans to “get all the worlds details, not just some.”

And slide 19 (in the notes) talks about how their function is inspired by the notion of “a globe with infinite storage, bandwidth, and CPU power.” They say that “the experience really should truly be instantaneous”. They say that they really should be able to “home all user files, which includes: emails, internet history, images, bookmarks, etc and make it accessible from anywhere (any device, any platform, etc)” which leads to a world where “the online copy of your information will grow to be your Golden Copy and your nearby-machine copy serves a lot more like a cache”. And, they say that they want “transparent personalization” that uses user “information to transparently optimize the user’s encounter … implicitly.”&#13–Unquote

Unlimited storage

It was a fair guess that Google may well be organizing to supply virtual hard disc that would have unlimited storage capacity, as properly as CPU capacity. Linden’s remarks would maybe have gone largely unnoticed for the easy cause that there are just too a lot of Google-associated analyses out there. What happened was just the opposite. Google’s forthwith withdrawal of the PPT file lent credence to Linden’s claim (and adding fuel to speculative fire too).

In a way, virtual storage is a fairly old idea. Box.net, Xdrive and a host of others offer good value for funds, and are apparently fairly productive. The standard thought is you never ever have to loose sleep over attainable loss of your data and files. No matter if you travel frequently, and to odd areas. Your files are intact, properly taken care of, and created in a jiffy wherever whenever you require them.

Google plans

But Google’s plan does add a new dimension. What immediately comes to mind is Google’s provide would not simply be just one more piece. Considering that Google is recognized to position its products after supposedly long sequence of investigation and diligence, it may possibly effectively be that Gdrive, if so named, will be a super-provide. As and when that comes into being, it may knock out the bottom of numerous competitors. That might be the reason why Google removed the PPT file posthaste, as if to guard a grand secret from prying eyes. Keep in mind, not extended back, Google and Dell agreed to test [http://www.crn.com/sections/breakingnews/breakingnews.jhtml?articleId=179101543] a pre-installed package of Google software program on Dell computers. Is not that more than a precursor of larger issues to come? Your guess is as excellent as mine.

Writely acquired

Compared to conjectures above, this is a far more solid indication of Google’s future plans. Google has extremely recently acquired [http://writely.blogspot.com/2006/03/google-yep-google.html] (March 9) Writely’s ‘The Internet Word Processor’. An Upstartle item, Writely easily enables sharing, storing, editing, blogging (and what not!) your documents in true time.

Taking a holistic view of the foregoing, it seems specific that Google is indeed organizing to launch a virtual product that would potentially be a rival of Microsoft’s soon-to-be-launched Workplace Reside [http://officelive.microsoft.com/] (now in beta). But, according to many web-watchers, Google’s item may be a lot far more bigger in scope than Workplace Reside.

Figuring out how the future of web will unfold is a dicey business. As I have told in a preceding column, Google (and other search engines as effectively) has the advantage of collating huge data on users’ search behavior over a extended period. It is to Google’s credit that thus far it has been able to remain ahead in the race to capitalize on them.

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