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Monday, January 09, 2006

After Google PC whisper, Its Now About Google Office & Google OS

After the talk around Google PC fizzled out - now there’s a new thread going around with the possibility of Google OS. Jason Calacanis writes that Google will:

a. launch calendar and office suite in the next six months.
b. by the end of the year they will come out with a Linux-based OS and offer it for free to PC makers
. Those PC makers will love Google for giving them a free OS and Google will love extending the reach of their money maker: google Adsense.

As he sees the big win: Google can offer PC makers something they have never had: reoccurring revenue. Not only can Google give a free OS and office suite, they could offer them 10% of the Google Adsense revenue of that computer/user-FOR LIFE! The Google Desktop is the greatest growth opportunity for Google right now, and Google needs to find growth if they are going to live up to their valuation. For those reasons , Jason adds that he thinks this is a done deal.

My Take: A Google OS and Web-based Office has been rumored for so long now, it's almost become a staid topic. As I noted that for quite a while Google has assembled an impressive OS Talent available today. Commenting on recent announcements, Nick Carr thinks it may be a trojan horse, allowing Google to automatically update software on users PCs - thus routing around Microsoft's control of the OS. While developing web based office may be relatively easy for Google – given that a few are floating in the market(in real sense this may be tough given the fact this is in a mature product category and the start itself needs to match the current standards - few have failed in their attempts in the past), rolling out an OS is a different cup of tea altogether – for one it needs to be tested with so many apps – surely the world would know about it atleast six months earlier – ther’s now ay Google can launch such a thing secretly – The opportunity to launch such offerings in the marketplace are bright – will Google pull it off – all I can say is it is best endowed to do that – lets wait & see – but I would be happy to keep avoiding discussing Google for atleast a week – there’s too much of talk about google going on now. I can however say that any confirmed news about Google OS/Office would be first scooped by Blogosphere and not mainstream media. As I wrote earlier Google has got to become lot more direct and set speculations at rest.

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