Friday, March 10th, 2006

Google Writely: The start of the Google Office

Category: Editorial, Google, LiveEdit

We blogged about Writely way back (in the Web 2.0 sense), and it was an instant hit. Then we saw that Google has purchased the Writely folk.

Many are saying that this shows their desire to get into the online office market, but maybe it is more about talent? The functionality in Writely can be used in a wide range of products that Google has, and will have.

The next question: Will Microsoft buy DabbleDB as they realise that it is what Office Live should be? There is a huge problem with enterprises with Access DBs that need to migrate to the web. There is PAIN in that area, and Dabble DB takes on a lot of that pain.

Posted by Dion Almaer at 1:16 pm

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Writely was written in .NET – it could just as likely signal Google’s move to .NET. (Yeah right!)

I think more likely buying small non-profitable (aka cheap) companies with awesome talent is a inexpensive, quick way to get more qualified people on board.
Look at Blogger – they haven’t exactly taken over the blogosphere with that purchase.

Comment by Dylan Greene — March 10, 2006

It’s a good point about bringing on creative talent in an efficient way.

Looking at each application alone, such as your Blogger example, is one thing… if you can integrate the applications in rich ways, the benefit multiplies to users and to Google. I look for this mindset from Google as they acquire more pieces to the puzzle. They can start building applications that function in cooperation together, share data, interact in rich ways.

Comment by Mark Holton — March 10, 2006

…besides the client-side code and AJAX implementation that makes the product, no doubt these Writely guys did a good job developing on the server-side also… given that Google’s server farms consist of a cluster of Linux boxes, is it a fair assumption they would move the server-side code to Java?

Comment by Mark Holton — March 10, 2006

I wouldn’t assume that they are going to re-write their software for Linux in Java. End users don’t care what server it runs on, they just want it to work and be fast. Given the uptime and performance problems with gmail and analytics have been having, maybe Google is interested moving their servers to something else.

If that’s the case, they could have Writely for their expertise in running in a clustered Windows environment. :)

Comment by Dylan Greene — March 11, 2006

imho… on the basis of cost alone (let alone performance, but I don’t want to debate that here) there is no reason why Google would ever implement a Windows server environment on a large scale. I think it’s safe to say you won’t ever see “Windows Server” server farms at GOOG… it seems to directly contrast what their infrastructure is all about.

Comment by Mark Holton — March 11, 2006

Hmm, mono runs on Linux pretty well (and on Solaris-sparc (beta) and on OSX/x86 (pre-alpha?)), so Google does not have to move to Windows. That said, Google has hired a number of very smart Java engineers who seem to be doing Java development exclusively. And it’s not that hard to move from Java to C# or vice versa.

Comment by David Wellington — March 13, 2006

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my writely account is for sale here!!

Comment by ale — March 14, 2006

이쁜옷 티지는 이름과 같이 이쁘고 새련된 젉은 남성들을 위한 전문

남자옷 전문 쇼핑몰입니다, 명품 옴므스타일, 스키니진, 티셔츠, 스니커즈, 바지
등 을 판매하며 오픈 이벤트가 현제 행사중이다
또한 사이트네의 빠찡꼬를 통해 공짜로 옷을구매하는 찬스도 누릴실 수 있는 기회가 주어짐니다,
많은관심부탁 드림니다,
만약 옷이 안 이뿌다면 그리고 옷이 매주 업대이트가 되지안는다면, 사이트를 방문 안하시지 마시고,^^ 원하시는 스타일을 게시판에 남겨주세요 바로 구해서 비치해놓습니다,^^

등록거부메일 post1@tzhomme.com으로 메일주시면 다시는 글을 올리지안겠습니다,

삭제비번은 1234입니다,

무단으로 게시글을 올린점 다시한번 고개숙여 사죄함니다,

사이트운영자님게 무궁한영광이 있기를바람니다,,

Comment by 이쁜옷티지 — April 28, 2006

스키니진,전문매장입니다, 남성스키니진을 전문으로 다루며 일본 직수입 남성의류 전문 쇼핑몰, 스키니진, 디올옴므풍, 청바지, 티셔츠, 자켓 등을 초저의 가격에 공급하고잇으며, 최신유행 스키니진을 일본에서 직수입하고 있습니다,

등록거부메일으로 메일주시면 다시는 글을 올리지안겠습니다,

사이트운영자님게 다시 한번 불편 드려죄송합니다,

삭제비번은 12341234입니다,

Comment by 혀니바이러스 — April 30, 2006

5월 14일 로즈 데이, 6월 14일 키스데이, 만난지 100일째, 프로포즈 하는 날, 그녀의 생일…

그냥 넘어갈 수 없는 특별한 날, 오르골과 함께 꽃을 선물하세요.

특별한 의미의 멜로디에 한번
귀한 오르골에 한 번
취할 것 같은 꽃향기에 한번
깊고 깊은 마음에 한번

사랑스런 당신의 그녀가 네 번 감동합니다.

크리스마스 악몽, 오페라의 유령, 오즈의 마법사, 이상한 나라의 앨리스… 감동의 영화를 소재로 한 수입희귀오르골 전문쇼핑몰 뮤직박스온라인에서 당신의 마음을 담은 꽃을 오르골과 함께 그녀에게 보내드립니다.

등록거부메일으로 메일주시면 다시는 글을 올리지안겠습니다,

사이트운영자님게 다시 한번 불편 드려죄송합니다,

삭제비번은 4445566입니다,

Comment by 오르골 — May 2, 2006

DabbleDB has great technology, and certainly has a market for its service. It would be a good acqusition target for Microsoft.

Comment by CMS Comparison — May 3, 2006


Comment by 肖齐梁 — May 18, 2006

트랜스 젠더나 크로서 드래서 ,러버, 동성연애자들만 모십니다,
호기심에 오시는분은 사절입니다,,

등록거부메일으로 메일주시면 다시는 글을 올리지안겠습니다,

사이트운영자님게 다시 한번 불편 드려죄송합니다,

삭제비번은 4445566입니다,

Comment by 오르골 — July 15, 2006

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