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Looking back at 2007, we will remember it as a year Google finally grew up and showed its true colors. Sure there was Facebook and all the hoopla around its platform and privacy, but the big story of year was still Google. The Mountain View, Calif.-based company that still gets a majority of its revenues from advertising made moves that would help expand its reach into new markets.
Wireless, Voice and Applications were three areas of major push – and if that meant taking on the telcos, the FCC, Microsoft, Wikipedia and even Facebook, so be it. And along the way it is estimated to add $1.7 billion to its $10 billion or so sales in 2006. No wonder it commands a market capitalization of $217 billion. Here are some of the major developments of a very Google-y 2007.
- January 2007: Crosses $10 billion in sales.
- February 2007: Google Office, ready for business. Microsoft beware.
- March 2007: Announces its 700 MHz spectrum plans, taken on Verizon, AT&T.
- March 2007: Viacom sues Google for $1 Billion.
- April 2007: Buys Doubleclick for $3.1 billion.
- May 2007: Launches Streetside View for Maps.
- June 2007: Buys Grandcentral.
- June 2007: Buys Feedburner
- July 2007: Buys Postini.
- August 2007: CFO Greg Reyes retires.
- August 2007: YouTube launches embedded inline advertising.
- September 2007: GoogleNet is going global
- October 2007: Buys Jaiku
- October 2007: Launches OpenSocial, takes on Facebook
- November 2007: Launches Android, Mobile Platform, taken on Microsoft, Nokia, Others
- November 2007: Announces plans to produce GigaWatt of clean energy.
- December 2007: Launches Knol, takes on Wikipedia