No Google Office, yet...

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I'm hearing from members kind enough to have tuned into the SUN/GOOG broadcast and report back here that the deal is not to distribute a web based Office product, but "make it easier for users to obtain such products as the productivity software" which is apparently quoted from a small WSJ piece just published.

So, not quite the knife in MS's face we were expecting, but don't be fooled into thinking it's harmless, 'cos it's not. If OO is publicized by Google, made available to Google's enormous user base, it's definately a kick in the nuts for old billy boy....


toolbar bundle!

Seemed to me the point of the conference was promoting the exciting Google toolbar. yawn.

I think

Sun just got a garaunteed distributer of Java, which is important because MS played games with them over it for ages. I think that is pretty important.

baby steps

<tin foil hat thery>
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GW, my tinfoil hat is as

GW, my tinfoil hat is as tightly cellotaped on as yours on this one...

Sun's Press Release

Sun's Press Release.

Under the agreement, Sun will include the Google Toolbar as an option in its consumer downloads of the Java Runtime Environment on In addition, the companies have agreed to explore opportunities to promote and enhance Sun technologies, like the Java Runtime Environment and the productivity suite available at


"Google and Java are two of the most widely recognized technology brands because they provide users with online tools that enhance their lives on a day to day basis. The Google Toolbar offers useful Internet search services while Java enables richer interactive content. We look forward to exploring other related areas of collaboration," said Eric Schmidt, chief executive officer of Google.

The G toolbar invites Java to be assimilated into the borg collective (collaboration)?


Up to now, when have Google embraced Java?

Although just found this, does this mean they were hiring java programmers

Google actually has a large

Google actually has a large group of Java programmers, and they certainly seem to keep hiring them.


is there a design change at, ?

yup maps changed

they are now sorta referencing local type search examples on the left side and move the maps to the right. the map used to be on the left side of the page.

they also pulled up the link to this page link and that sort of stuff. was off to the right side and now it is up a bit from where it was, in the orange line

they also dropped the local maps and directions links that used to be at the top...and moved them to the right of the search box. looks as though they want people to start thinking of maps as being all of those by default?

the help link was pulled from the right of the search box and moved up to the upper right corner of the page.

I guess the Big G had fallen

I guess the Big G had fallen behind in its press release quota.

It's only a matter of time...

Until someone coins the term "JavaRank" for something relating to Java tools and/or products.

Sounds like another BoogleWash to me....


John Battelle's Searchblog:

John Battelle's Searchblog: Google-Sun - The Toolbar, Ay, There's the Rub

The Google toolbar, which sits on the desktop and links users to Web sites, e-mail and other products, is a linchpin in the company's challenge to Microsoft. Google could add ``tens of millions'' of customers through Sun's downloads, Schmidt said. That will help Google ``monetize'' its toolbar by selling more advertising, Schmidt said.


Now, what's this?

That Australian newspaper got it all wrong, or what? Methinks it's an error...

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