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December 18, 2007


Joe Duck

Don you misread Duncan's clever title because you appear to have missed too many 1980's TV sitcoms and Gary Coleman quotes. Duncan meant most are UNfamiliar with Google docs.


s/w+service makes sense than SaaS because Internet speeds to our homes are not getting faster as google expects it will be,

msft is doing the right thing.combine the desktop with the web.Move some PART of the office desktop to the web.This PART is most likely collaborating,security and reliability as the web is really good at these things.this helps in getting the best out of the web and the desktop.

Patrick Fritz

In my opinion Google CEO Eric Schmidt only told us his vision of the future and as a CEO of a search engine company he has to do so (90-10). He never really said where the market is actually. Think of this scenario: No real differences between offline and online office (regarding functionality), but google offers their servie for free!?

Don Dodge

Joe, Thanks for the clarification on Duncan's headline. I never watched the show so I didn't get the humor.

Patrick, I hear you but remember that Google Apps are NOT free for business use. Google charges $50 per user per year. After 4 years they have paid $200...about what an enterprise pays for Microsoft Office (in volume)...so I don't see the savings.


Before you write off the "cloud" stuff as a loss, don't forget about "gOS" which was a big hit with the Wal*Mart PC crowd...


Frankly I have to believe that if it's good enough for "techies" shopping at Wal*Mart then "data in the cloud" is going to quickly become good enough for the rest of us.

Also consider this link;

Michael Surtees is a pretty accomplished designer and he points out how the abilities of his iPhone, which becomes his 'data in the cloud' interface has changed (for the better) the way in which he works.

And the iPhone's just the beginning ...


You're absolutely right. Google is lost. Google apps are fun to play with in the Wiki sense, but seriously lack the finishing qualities that make Office a business tool. I start a lot of brainstorm or data collection exercise in a google doc, but end up moving its contents to word or excel to make it useful.

Google has a LONG way to go. And, not to mention, don't use Google's powerpoint; it'll leave you lost and frustrated in 5 minutes - I mean no drawing support?

Rob Toole

I think Jay's post is right on the money. A few weeks back I thought my laptop was stolen out of my car and was initially upset.

Then it occurred to me that I had probably 90% of the data either backed-up online or on a variety of storage devices (iPod, USB sticks, firewire drives). Luckily, since the computer didn't have any truly sensitive data on it, I wasn't in danger of getting my identity stolen.

If this was five years ago, losing my laptop would have been devastating since it would have had literally everything on it. But now a majority of my video, pictures, music, docs, etc... live out on the net and on portable devices. If my laptop was stolen, the only thing I really lost (besides my $1300 hardware investment) was my apps, all of which were licensed and recoverable.

Make those apps robust and readily available to me from any PC anytime and you won't see me carrying a laptop anymore, and next generation portable devices will be there to fill any of the void left over.

By the way, the laptop wasn't stolen, just left somewhere it shouldn't have.


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Really interesting post!
Never stop iterating and don’t fear failure. Choose well-understood conventions where they will do to the most good , shortcuts you might take will cost you more to fix later than to try to get right up-front today.

Thanks , Zoli Juhasz

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