The Google Browser Office Pool

David Card is opening the Google browser office pool. His theory? Microsoft’s announcement today of IE 7.0 is driven more by its view of Google’s browser plans than by supposed competitive inroads made by Firefox. It is a fine and entertaining theory, and I kinda wish I could believe it was true, but I’m still not convinced.

Other than keeping the folks at Slashdot off the street, why would Google enter the browser business? It can launch platform products via APIs that do not directly require consumer-facing browser technology, so … it is Occam’s Razor at work.


  1. Of course Google is doing a firefox relabel. They may call it gbrowser but it will be firefox underneath, with some Google hooks.
    There are many reasons to do this. Google is showing with DHTML that you can in fact use the browser in place of certain desktop apps. Extend this and you see Google perhaps making good on the dream of client-server computing – the universal client connecting to the managed pool of computing resources on the (virtual) server. Netscape and Sun have flopped at this but the goal is still viable. Netscape was too early, and Sun won’t work with Windows.
    Google has shown they can pool server resources unlike anyone else, so all they need is the universal client.
    In any case, you can debate the efficacy of what they are doing, but its clear that with recent hires and hints on the web, they are going to do it.
    Microsoft will probably slap tabbed browsing on IE and call it a new version. It will still have the same old holes because it will provide backwards compatibility for the same old buggy code distribution platform – ActiveX.
    As an aside – why do people continue to think Microsoft must inevitably and invariably conquer the web? For nine years at my own portal employer people have been telling me that MS will crush us “any day now”…we’re still waiting! Face it -they have peaked as a company…if you need more evidence look at MSFT’s no-show through the 2003-present stock rally.

  2. Google gets the software paradigm shift.
    Tim O’Reilly – The Software Paradigm Shift
    “We’re at the end of the personal-computing era. We’re at the beginning of something profoundly different.”
    Ask most people what software they use, and you’re not likely to hear Linux. Yet many of the most popular web sites are based on Linux and other open-source tools. Tim says the operating system no longer matters–no more than the browser or the CPU matters. Applications now live above the level of a single device or operating system. The “paradigm failure” is that people don’t understand the importance of sites like, eBay, and Google, because they are so locked into the PC application model. “We’re commoditizing software in the same way as hardware was commoditized in the ’80s,” he says, “and value is being driven up the stack to next-generation information services and applications.”

  3. Why would google start a browser? To integrate a search window permantly into the browser that defaults to google. What if MSFT made MSN easier and easier to access via IE?

  4. Microsoft already integrates MSN and MSN search about as much as they can with a straight face (and keeping out of the glare of regulators).

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