Monday, April 05, 2004

These days, every blog seems to have some mention about google atleast once, the launching of the GMAIL service is getting them a lot of publicity some the good kind the other they could do with out, let leave the commercial ones out and lets focus on the technology they use, today i was reading another blog on the "possible" technologies that google is using, possible i say as there was no definite this is the way it is done,only this is the only possible way it could be done, i will just pick some lines from that blog so that we here can get an idea of what they are talking or doing at google,

"While competitors are targeting the individual applications Google has deployed, Google is building a massive, general purpose computing platform for web-scale programming."

I two thought come to my mind when i read this line, first is "Superior Technology is a great competitive Edge", Well there have been many search engines before google, there have been many webmail services providers before gmail, but with their superior technology they have become the Microsoft of the internet, they didn't come with the first mover advantage, they are the best case of the "Better Product Wins"

The second thought is about the "general purpose", okay today he has a search facility and mail how much longer will it take for him integrate a web based office application, i am thinking may be open office should try and tie up with google to provide their package as a web based facility, me and my wishfull thinking..or is it wishfull or just the future...well we will know in the next year or so.

The next line that was thought provoking was "Google has taken the last 10 years of systems software research out of university labs, and built their own proprietary, production quality system."

I think somebody needs to make a return on investment calculation on how r&d spending has really paid off in just googles case, this hopefully should encourage Indian & other IT companies to invest in R&d dept more or probably even support start ups working on interesting technology.



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