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The Google-Sun announcement in the end turned out to be nothing…. or as someone just said on the IM. “Let’s do something useless so we can say we did something so Sun can get some press because we’re dying slowly…” Harsh but true, given all the […]

The Google-Sun announcement in the end turned out to be nothing…. or as someone just said on the IM. “Let’s do something useless so we can say we did something so Sun can get some press because we’re dying slowly…” Harsh but true, given all the speculation, which was nothing more than chatter of the worst kind. All of us are looking for shapes in shadows, including me….. sigh! call me slow, but I am not sure how AP is coming up with the Open Office conclusion with this JRE announcement.

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  1. Talk about lackluster!?!?!

    I was hoping that google opened it’s checkbook and just bought out Sun to create an inroads to corporate computing.

  2. Jacob Varghese Tuesday, October 4, 2005

    I think there is definitely more going on. I can’t see the CEOs of 2 large companies wasting time just to announce the bundling of google toolbar and java for downloads from each other’s sites. I still think the web version of Sun’s office suite will be coming soon. Maybe they ran into some issues at the last minute.

  3. and just to think that i was going to download the Real player to hear this ‘momentus’ announcement.

    Its bloody damp squid… and a warning for us not to generate too much hype/chatter.. there is a risk of creating a new bubble…

    and getting all AJAX’ed up.

    Commone sense tells us that we don’t need another bloated office suite… otherwise we would have been using it…

    — and who of all the people that made this speculation actually were using it?

    very few.

    those remarks on the previous comment do seem a bit harsh… ive yet to find an applet that requires an update JRE… or indeed a need for the JRE.

    still may be an opportunity to use a lot of low commodity Intel boxes running Solaris on them. — ouch IBM!

  4. David Kirkpatrick Tuesday, October 4, 2005

    To Suresh re his Intel comment–make that AMD. The boxes they were touting at the announcement, which Andy Bechtolsheim has been laboring over for a long time, are entirely based on AMD’s Opteron.

    Frankly I see more than meets the eye here myself. this was not a meaningless get-together.

  5. HAR, HAR, HAR. All you could see at the webcast was Jonathan and Schmidt backslapping each other. Hopefully, further press conferences/announcements by Google will not be such damp squibs lacking any substantial developments. Not sure what to make of this meeting.

    This gave me the deja vu feeling of the Indian pakistan meetings.. “We had a positive meeting to talk about further meetings”. If you _had_ to just talk to each other, why not do it silently in the boardroom? Too claustrophobic in there these days? Open Office needs a lot of work to compete effectively with Microsoft Office. Just adding google’s distribution clout to open office won’t do it. After all, open office is available freely.

    Hopefully, this is not a trend for future forthcomings from google.

  6. Jacob Varghese Tuesday, October 4, 2005

    Suresh,
    “Commone sense tells us that we don’t need another bloated office suite… otherwise we would have been using it…
    – and who of all the people that made this speculation actually were using it?

    You’re right we don’t need another bloated office suite and for most people it’s not worth it to pay $250-400 for the latest Office. A cheap hosted office suite would be a much better solution for individuals who want those tools for personal use and for schools. I would rather use a web app that’s supported thru advertising or pay a small fee for an ad-free version of Office for my personal use. Most businesses will not use this type of product though.

  7. Probably google playing games with Microsoft. Does MS make meaningless PR’s? Maybe like continuously announcing product upgrade delays.

  8. Poor taste, IMO.

  9. Different Views on Sun-Google Announcement

    The Sun-Google announcement certainly wasn’t as big or clear as many had speculated, so its not too surprising that views on its significance were pretty varied: Here’s Om Malik’s take: The Google-Sun announcement in the end turned ou…

  10. My guess is that this is just a simple Google Toolbar distribution deal. Google is paying Sun, probably lots of money, to bundle toolbars because toolbars drive lots of searches and ad revenue. Java, Open Office (and the press conference) were just thrown in to make it look like more of a partnership for Sun.

    At 20 million Java runtime downloads a month it’s a pretty good distribution channel for Google Toolbar. Of course if any other company had done this deal, people would be focused on how evil it is to bundle apps you didn’t ask for with unrelated downloads. When Google does it it’s some kind of strategic masterstroke.

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