I was upgrading WordPress installs this morning and found this in the drafts folder of my old blog Magpie’s Shiny Things.
Is Google the Next Microsoft
Yeah, probably, so what?
The market demands that there be an easy, no brainer, can’t possibly get in trouble for choosing solution for the vast majority.
Tools need to be one stop shopping, easy standardization and all from a single source — If you buy all MSFT products they work together (mostly.) If you use all Google web apps they work together (not yet but Google understands how important this is.)
Just like in the past (and present) everyone else had to offer the ability to read and write to the MSFT file formats in their applications everyone else on the web will have to do so the same with the new Google apps.
So Google will be the next 800 pound gorilla and the sun will continue to rise in the east. (Unless of course MSFT gets it act together and manages to get Live really working.) And we, the masses, will learn that Google is not a benign grandfatherly entity that opens doors to the wonders of the ‘net.
Not much changes, if I were writing this 20 years ago the question would be Microsoft is it the next IBM.
The answer is more clearly yes today than it was in Sept 2007 when I wrote this.
I will be reviving MST. Somehow adding my thoughts on Web Development to a blog meant to be read by family and friends who want to compare the state of our various flower beds and sewing projects seems well… odd.