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Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Slashdot | Google & Sun Planning Web Office

NOT! Or at least they're not saying explicitly that this is the case. Only hedging around the idea. The announcement between Sun Microsystems and Google today was unimpressive. Bundling JRE with the Google Toolbar and vice versa??!! If you follow the initial speculation about the announcement, you would have expected a lot more...like a commitment to the above web office. Even the way off speculation about a WebOS in the post cited by Slashdot can now be answered...it's Java!

From a business perspective, it's really bad news. Will I require a certain JRE version on my desktops to run the toolbar? How can I load or update it if I'm not an administrator? And speaking of updates, where are the pieces to make these updates available in my enterprise?

Lots of question, lots of disappointment. Google just went down a notch.

P.S. I'm not the only one disappointed in a webcast which was so slammed the first 15 minutes that I couldn't hear the big news. Just read the comments like "much ado about nothing" and "tremendous letdown"

**UPDATE (10-5-05, 12:10am) Many tech bloggers are weighing in...Om Malik, Techdirt, even Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols and are equally down on this non-event. Mary Jo Foley has some thoughts on GoogleOffice as compared to Microsoft Office if it ever does show up.


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