And then they all get blown out of the water

October 4, 2005 | Leave a comment

This is the big one:

Google Inc. and Sun Microsystems Inc. are expected to unveil a collaborative effort later today that will bring StarOffice productivity applications to Google users, according to sources familiar with the companies’ plans.

The move is expected to be part of a larger technology initiative in which Sun will help Google build a network to provide Web-based applications that will enable the companies to compete with their common rival, Microsoft Corp.

http://www.computerworld.com/softwaretopics/software/story/0,10801,105148,00.html

This has the capacity to change everything.

Microsoft will doubtless reply, and the result will be network-based, platform-independent applications that run in a browser. The implications reach into literally every facet of consumer computing. It’ll be interesting to watch, and frankly fantastic to see Microsoft’s strangehold challenged again …

Update: This isn’t the big one. It’s a toolbar-bundling deal: download Java, you’ll download the Google Toolbar. Big yawn.

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