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February 05, 2007

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William

We have just launched a social network (www.adelph.us)that has an integrated online office solution that is fully compatible with Microsoft office and can be accessed over the Internet.

In addition to this adelph.us members have the ability to sell and redistribute digital and real world music by Embedding stores in their profiles

George

Adobe Apollo may be solving a lot of the problem with the sluggish response times. Google will be able to package their applications with Apollo to be run offline on the desktop, syncing with the online service when/if you're connected to the internet. If there's no connectivity, the application can store it locally until you're back on the net.

David Scott Lewis

Assuming George (Shaheen) is correct, this could be the Office killer that many are seeking, although I'm a bit concerned about Apollo pricing.

I'd argue that Google "Office" needs to be integrated with OpenOffice so that apps could be run offline using OpenOffice and then synched when online. Adobe scares me a little bit; I'd rather see as much open source software as possible in Google's Microsoft Office killer.

Optimal solution: Google "Office" + Firefox + Thunderbird (for offline usage) + OpenOffice (again, for offline usage). Even better, combine it with Ubuntu, put it on a 5GB U3- or PortableApps-like USB config (and give it away for free) ... and watch Google's stock price soar (to more than offset the cost of the 5GB USB device) and Microsoft's stock price collapse. It's the Google Grid, with all of the most important apps for free. Imagine a world built on free software, with a great OS (i.e., the latest Ubuntu distro of Linux) and a great productivity suite.

Bottom line: Google winds up with the highest market cap of any company in the world; Microsoft's market cap collapses as they lose a lot of ground with their cash cow product.

Go, Google, go!!

One last comment, this time in response to William at Adelph. You might have a great solution, but once I read your remarks about "digital and real world music," I was IMMEDIATELY turned off. Office for the MySpace crowd doesn't interest me -- and I doubt it would interest anyone looking for business apps. Choose your market (and messaging) carefully: Like I said, I'm discounting your solution simply because of the "real world music" messaging. Sounds way too goofy (no pun intended), and I don't have time to evaluate every Web 2.0/Enterprise 2.0 app I come across. Maybe Solution Watch or TechCrunch can give you a plug; if they do, I'll take it for a spin.

David Scott Lewis

Oops ... I forgot something. Google Reader.

Google Reader needs a good offline solution. One obvious solution, of course, would be integration with the Thunderbird RSS reader. However, I've found that the Thunderbird reader is adequate, but not great. (I'm looking forward to the next stable release of Thunderbird to see what they may have in store.) The Omea Reader is very good, but would require a lot of tweaks to make it Google Reader friendly. (Omea Reader isn't friendly with Bloglines, either.) I like Omea Reader -- and it's the right price, FREE. But it requires forwarding messages using Outlook; it's not compatible with Thunderbird. That's a bit of a pain for me personally.

The best bet: Google should buy NewzCrawler. Integrate NewzCrawler with Google Reader. And give it away for free. Just think of all the good will Google would generate by doing this. Let's face it, in a Windows world, there is no better RSS reader than NewzCrawler. (Awasu and FeedDemon might be viable alternatives to NewzCrawler. I haven't bothered to try either for various and differing reasons.)

Closing comment (albeit slightly off topic): Jakob Nielsen is right. Which moron came up with the phrase "RSS reader"? That's way too geeky. Yes, a lot of us are alpha geeks, but the world-at-large is NOT comprised of alpha geeks (or any flavor of geeks, for that matter). To paraphrase Nielsen from the third (current) edition of his Email Newsletter Usability report, the phrase "RSS reader" should be replaced by "news reader." He's right.

David Scott Lewis

I think I'm either on a roll or a rant. Anyway, there's a great way for Google to market their Grid: First-run movie theater and prime time TV release of a video that's something like this, http://doiop.com/linux. Yes, it's focused on the Linux desktop, but it could be tailored to a Google Grid release combined with Ubuntu, NewzCrawler, all the other goodies I mentioned in my two previous comments.

I'd modify it by showing apps: MySpace type of stuff (maybe even SL), a CRM/SFA app, and some sort of engineering design app (kind of like what's implied in the Linux desktop video). Of course, Minority Report was a perfect choice for the video, and I'd go with it for a Google Grid video, too. Yes, in reality, waving one's arms in the air is a lousy UI (arms do get tired), but it looks good. Speaking of which ...

The ultimate Grid release would add a data visualization package, possibly even a next generation SL/augmented reality environment. And, of course, next generation NetVibes functionality on the customization side. Forget widgets, they're way too pedestrian. Get a real UI team to take things to the next level. (This AJAX/widgets stuff really is way too pedestrian. Not a bad next step, but hardly where things need to be.)

Ari Rosenfeld

I just tried Glide Presenter, TransMedia's entry into the presentation application arena and I have to say it is very impressive. The application makes it easy to create multimedia presentations and share them. The most useful aspect for my purposes is easy access to my PowerPoints on my iPhone. I just uploaded a number of PowerPoints to Glide and they look amazing on the iPhone.

StareClips.com

Google already has a project that takes online apps offline, called Google Gears. It is still early in development, but is very promising.

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