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I just read a digg story, titled "The Google Product That Could Kill Microsoft". It mainly says this:
Office isn't the only Microsoft hegemony that Google Gears could help destroy. One of the defining differences between Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux is the application lineup. That's given the crew in Redmond, Wash., tremendous power. But
technologies like Gears render the operating system irrelevant.
My first response was this.
So, here I am, thinking about it bit more. I will go over this in a little more detail:
1. Google will "kill" Microsoft.
While not really arguing with this argument, I'm not that sure what "killing" Microsoft means. There were aplenty cases in the history, when something buried by others is still pretty much alive. For such a huge entity as Microsoft, not only from software point of view, but economically - I'm not sure anyone can explain how can it "die". I'm not saying that disappearance of Microsoft is not possible - it is. But Microsoft has so huge impact on technological way of life in our world, and especially on world's economy (Microsoft's software, hardware, platforms, intellectual property - and I mean in its pure logical sense of inventions, its financial base) - that I believe its almost a stand-alone machine which needs no human interaction to function.
In his recent commentary at Slate.com, Harry McCracken notes that Google’s Gears could be the technology that ‘augurs the death of Microsoft.
McCracken goes on to question the sense in spending $500 for a future version of Microsoft Office if Google Apps was (Google Apps is a branded service) roughly comparable, not haunted by the so-called offline problem, and free. The truth is that to get the most out of Google Apps, many business will probably opt for the $50 per seat per year price because, among other things, it enables dipping into Google’s network of third party solution providers.