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Re: Google's Gotcha Moment
Posted by: Keith Regan 2003-11-12 06:50:24
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Some ideas are so genius they're downright obvious. They're the ones that make you slap your forehead and wonder aloud why you didn't think of it first. Even worse is when you did think of it but didn't do anything about it. That had to be the reaction across the Web search industry when word of Google's Deskbar began to circulate. The tool, which puts the search box right onto the desktop, is the kind of quantum leap forward that marks all great technological evolution.

Re: Google's Gotcha Moment
Posted by: BobTravis 2003-11-13 01:51:35 In reply to: Keith Regan
I think Google's deskbar is great but it's no biggie to someone who was using Google since their first month of existence. My browser home page is my own web page and I have featured a Google search bar on my main page since Google's first six months on the planet. Access to Google and all of my favorite search engines have only been a mouse click away ever since I discovered them.
Yes I installed the deskbar it's first day in existence, but only because it loads a browser-less results window, not because I never had near instant access to Google going on several years now. Sure this is very nice, but I don't think I would say this is the card that brings all the card houses down, it is just the next logical next for the best search engine in the world to make itself a little more readily accessible. For me this move did not detract from the attention I give any other search company because for years I haven't used any other search company. It is analogous to the claims of the music industry -- how can I be stealing dollars from record artists when they wouldn't have had my business with or without mp3s. I didn't buy CDs then and I don't buy them now, but if anything I help artists more now because now I can say YES, he, she, or they is/are great artists. It is better to be able to say they are great than it is to say you never heard of them, so if you never had their music in your home and never would have, it is a service to the music industry if you are at least familiar with artists you never would have known about were it not for mp3s. I am close to forty and now I love rap music. Before mp3s I hated it because I had little exposure to it.
Bob Travis
Parsippany, NJ

Re: Google's Gotcha Moment
Posted by: sesha_kiran 2003-11-12 14:39:23 In reply to: Keith Regan
I completely agree with jmordetsky. The two things are way different and the desktop extensions have been developed by many third party companies for MS-Windows. For ex. WebShots.com has a desktop calendar since long ago. What Google is doing is making the search easier and they want to have their presence on many desktops and be first than the other search engine companies.

Re: Google's Gotcha Moment
Posted by: Joe Mordetsky 2003-11-12 14:14:27 In reply to: Keith Regan
Whoever wrote this story is seriously delusional.
First off, Microsoft created this little thing called "Shell extensions" so that software companies who wanted to integrate their items into the OS could do so. The people at google aren't genius, Well, they might be, but they aren't for this. All they did was read the platform sdk.
Secondly, yahoo has been taking advantage of shell extenstions for a while. As browser helper objects toolbars and explorer bars.
Google just happens to be the first to "register" a band as deskband, which for you techies out there is really just a matter of registering the object differently. Toolbars, deskbands, and explorer bands all implement the same interfaces, how the shell consumes them is just based on how they are registered.
Competes with .NET? Man are you drinking? That is literally comparing apples to pocket calculators. They have nothing to do with one another.
"out-Microsofts Microsoft"? .NET is for programmers to do their work faster, integrate faster, this bar is to make searching via my desktop faster....It basically affords me the luxury of not opening a browser. May I again mention, Microsoft gave this ability to programmers via shell extensions.'

Re: Google's Gotcha Moment
Posted by: Analyst guy 2003-11-12 12:30:30 In reply to: Keith Regan
What?!? This deskbar thing is exciting? This smells like pre-IPO hype.
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