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Sunday, August 13, 2006 / Ishan

Google Losing Steam?

Well if you look at the current stock market share prices, GOOG is standing tall and firm. However there hasn’t been much development since all sorts of betas were coming in the last Q of 2005. Let’s look at some of the key ones.

Google Office: The supposed online office hasn’t taken off yet, along with GDrive it was suppose to provide the uber online solution for writers and technical guys. But so far no development has been noted since writely take over.

Google Talk: It’s a beauty of a product, it has a feel of college assignment but really works well even in it’s primitive development stage. It’s almost 9 months old and no significant new feature has been added. It’s designed not be a bloatware but still it lack key features to be considered usable.

Picassa Web Album: OK so we can upload pictures but have the guys at Google seen Flickr? it’s more advanced superior and easy to use. The intuitive design and web 2.0 integration makes you feel at home from the moment you login.

Blogspot: Now thats my biggest disappointment. It’s getting clunky and feels ancient, there hasn’t been a sincere addition that can make it more usable since day one. Maybe perhaps not if you count AdSense integration.

For these applications are the most useful for common internet users. GOOG must focus back on these products, they hold the key in long run. Please don’t go the Microsoft road.

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  1. anonymous / Aug 13 2006 1:06 am

    > It’s almost 9 months old and no significant new feature has been added.

    New features since 1st release: buddy images, file sharing, themes, integration with Gmail, and more…

  2. Ishan / Aug 13 2006 1:08 am

    Sure buddy image, themes are nice but I don’t consider them significant.

    I am aware that file transfer and voice message is coming, but it hasn’t been rolled out yet.

  3. anonymous / Aug 13 2006 7:00 am
  4. Ishan / Aug 13 2006 12:52 pm

    Thanks for the link mate. I have been using 1.0.0.95 for over three weeks now and even prior to that I was using the extensions made by good people at customizetalk.com. The point I am making is that these features are too slow in coming.

    My problem is I love GTalk and I want to use it all the time, but sadly it would be of no use if most of people I chat with are using something else. Some of the GTalk’s competitors have key features which are of high utility, for example AV chat which is still missing. Sure I don’t want to see it becoming a bloatware but I want more than IRC styled chat so my non computer friendly contacts can have a good user experience.

    It would have been nice if GTalk had a bit more open development like Skype, Flock or Mozilla where there is a bit more transparency in terms of development.

  5. Sasha / Aug 15 2006 2:18 am

    Seems like Google is taking you very seriously

    http://googlesystem.blogspot.com/2006/08/new-blogger.html

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