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Why Google has lost its mojo

Preston Gralla | Aug. 26, 2008
If you're thinking of making the jump to Google hosted services, look beyond the magic of the brand name.

Worse yet, he warned that Google's engineers care more about the "coolness" of a service than about the service's effectiveness. "The culture at Google values 'coolness' tremendously, and the quality of service not as much," Solyanik said.

All this is clearly very good news for Microsoft. Microsoft has already lost the search market to Google. If Google ever gets a serious foothold in IT, Microsoft is in trouble.

So what does it mean for you? If you're thinking of making the jump to Google hosted services, look beyond the magic of the brand name. Instead, take a hard look at the services it's trying to sell you, and evaluate Google the same way you would any other vendor.

And the next time you use Gmail, Google Calendar or Google Docs, take a close look at the service's logo. You'll notice the word beta there, even though some of those services have been around for several years; Gmail, for example, was launched in 2004. If Google is really ready for IT prime time, shouldn't it move its software out of the beta cycle?

Preston Gralla is a Computerworld contributing editor and the author of more than 35 books, including How the Internet Works and Windows Vista in a Nutshell. Contact him at Preston@gralla.com.

 

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