Saturday, January 07, 2006

The Google keynote

In the run up to the Google's keynote speech at CES yesterday the rumours were flying tick and fast, along with opinions on what DRM they might be using for their new video marketplace, news of which leaked to the main stream press a few days ago.

The keynote had everyone on the edge of their seats, but can anyone actually get excited about the Google Pack, or in fact about the new Google video marketplace? Apparently some people are getting exicited about Google Pack, although I can't really see why. I think it's interesting, but I don't think it's a big deal...

However Nicholas Carr thinks that the pack is Google's trojan horse, and maybe he's right. Is that the point of it? Is this Google's way into the Microsoft desktop? If so I think they've just jumped the shark, because the desktop system is dead. Microsoft might not have figured it out, after all who can blame them, but I thought Google had. I guess I'm going to have to look at Google from now on in a similar way as I look at Microsoft, people peddling yesterday's technology...

Update: People are also starting to ask a question I was asking myself when writing this post and trying to find something to link to, where exactly is Google's video marketplace?

Update: Three days after the CES keynote, the Google video marketplace has gone live...


Google video marketplace, for Windows only

...so long as you're running Windows of course.

Update: I looks like I'm not alone in thinking that, this time, Google has jumped the shark with the Google video marketplace.

Update: The backlash against Google is well and truly underway...

Update: The Google CES keynote is now available on Google Video,


The Google CES keynote on Google Video

Update: Apparently this version of the keynote wasn't complete and came sans Robin Williams. How could they? Anyway, it now looks like UNEASYsilence is carrying the full version...


The Google Keynote, now with added Williams...