While I get Google’s leaked video plans (allowing the downloading and viewing of selected licensed content), I’m puzzled/intrigued by Google’s impending software bundle:
The Mountain View, Calif., search company also plans to announce Google Pack, a bundle of software from Google and other companies that consumers will be able to download and install on their computers, say people familiar with the matter. That software will include the open-source Firefox Web browser, a version of Norton AntiVirus software from Symantec Corp., Adobe System Inc.’s Reader software, RealNetworks Inc.’s RealPlayer multimedia software, Trillian instant-messaging software from Cerulean Studios and Lavasoft AB’s Ad-Aware antispyware software. Google Pack will also include Google’s own desktop search software, Google Earth satellite imaging and maps software, Picasa photo-management software, Google Talk instant-messaging program, its Toolbar add-on for Web browsers and screen saver software.
Why both Trillian and Google Talk? Why not Gaim? And more broadly, who is this “pack” being packed to? Is Google about to become a kind of CD-style aggregator of one-off products? Is that how badly it wants to piss Microsoft off?