Has Google inspired a game changer or another yawn?

Recently Google has introduced several new applications from Android to the Chrome Browser. I’ve watched, and in some cases, tested these technologies with varying degrees of success and satisfaction. While I use Chrome occasionally on an old Thinkpad I have in my office, I’m miffed that Google has yet to provide a Mac version…though I’m not truly in love with the browser anyway. My team have also developed web applications using GWT. Overall, they found it cumbersome and buggy. They’ve since switched to Yahoo’s YUI because it’s easier and more lightweight.

Now Google is introducing the Chrome OS primarily for netbooks. It will be available later this year. I must admit that my curiosity is piqued. While they are primarily targeting people who spend a lot of time on the web (who doesn’t nowadays?), I’m particularly interested in their OS’s UI as it sits on top of Linux. Is Google going to provide the affordable Windows killer desktop and start taking its share of the Windows space? Aside from the Mac, others such as Ubuntu (which has a great desktop IMHO) have failed to make significant corporate inroads.

Personally, I’m hoping that Google strikes gold here. One thing I loathe about Microsoft’s dominance is not Microsoft, but all the other software vendors who write their applications exclusively for Microsoft OS’s or worse, only IE. When vendors do this, they are in effect saying to organizations like mine who run multiple desktop OS environments and browsers that they don’t want our business.

Google and the Mac

From c/net Google gets serious about the Mac: “Google has long had a fondness for the Mac, with upwards of 6,000 of its 10,000 20,000 current employees opting to use the Mac over Windows.” This is good news for people like me who use a mac as their primary development platform because it translates into more open source tools.

Engadget Interview with Jonathan Schwartz

Just read the Engadget interview with Jonathan Schwartz, Sun’s CEO, on porting Java to the Google Android platform, and mobile platforms in general. According to Mr. Schwartz, not only is he using an iPhone, Sun’s committed to delivering Java for the device. When asked about Google’s Android platform, Schwartz turned attention to the upcoming JavaOne conference. Anyone who’s used some of Google’s developer products (GWT for example) already knows that Sun is working very closely with Google.

I have an iPhone also. I’ve been playing with the iPhone SDK, developing a couple of test apps. While I like the phone, I’m less excited about developing applications for the iPhone than I am about it having a Safari browser. I’d much rather use GWT to develop Ajax applications that can be run on IE, Firefox, Safari, Mozilla, and Opera browsers.

Think about it, developing rich client programs for browsers opens up a world of web enabled devices to you.

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