Google Pack Released
January 11, 2006 1 Comment
Contrary to many of the rumors that were swirling, Google did not announce a cheap PC at CES. What they did announce was the Google Pack. Am I the only one this doesn't make sense to? Let's put aside the “Google Pack is only available for Windows XP” requirement for a moment (although it's actually worse than that… it's Windows XP with Administrator privileges). A cobbled together mix of unrelated software (some of questionable stability) from a variety of vendors with no integration seems like an uncharacteristically poor decision for Google. Add to that the fact that Norten is actually a time limited product and it gets even stranger. Some of the products focus on some segments and some focus on completely different ones. Firefox is a great decision, but no gaim when they recently hired the projects lead developer? What is the vision for this product and where is it bringing Google and the consumer? I have no idea. What's worse, this actually would seem to help one of their biggest competitors (Microsoft) in multiple ways. Strange indeed.