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Now it's interesting to see that this morning I have seen two articles that are both heading in opposite directions?

Over at Doug's site we have Microsoft Launches Killer New Search Engine – Google Beware…
WOW!  Is all I can say, WOW!   Microsoft just released an upgrade and complete makeover to their Search Engine. ( www.live.com )   This thing is amazing and you must use it to believe how cool and easy search can be.   

As many of you might know, I'm not a fan of the search engine, or at least the search engine most people use, Google.   I just find Google to be rigged.  I mean, do a search on “Google SEO” and you will receive 484,000 results.  That is crazy.  There are 484,000 sites out there that will tell you how, for a few dollars and or a bit of research and time, you can place yourself on top of Google.  What a joke.  When I search I don't want to find the guys site that spent the most time and money.  I want to find what I'm looking for, the best of what I'm looking for.  I just don't believe Google does that anymore as there is just too many people playing the search engine optimization game. 

Now a quick check over MS's new Search engine at Live shows that it definately looks pretty flash, but then does it deliver results?

I've just had some questions this morning about what to do with an aging Windows 2000 Domain Controller that WAS scheduled to be rebuilt as a 2003 DC, except they realised at the last minute that it also looked after the Terminal Server Licensing as well. So a quick search on Google brought up the necessary background info and off went the email. I'm afraid doing the same search on Live didn't leave me feeling impressed at all, but having said that, us Techies can be notoriously fickle about sticking to things we know just gets the job done - and who wants to learn the nuannces of a new Search Engine? I promise to go and look at it again later......

But now on to some hot gossip about how big Google might truly become?
Check out the article I came across at the
Sydney Morning Herald?

Google 'infinite storage' plans leak out
Google is preparing to offer online storage to web users, creating a mirror image of data stored on consumer hard drives, according to company documents that were mistakenly released on the web.
The existence of the previously rumored GDrive online storage service surfaced after a blogger discovered apparent notes in a slide presentation by Google executives published on Google's site after its analysts presentation day last Thursday.

"With infinite storage, we can house all user files, including emails, web history, pictures, bookmarks, etc and make it accessible from anywhere (any device, any platform, etc)," the notes in the original Google presentation state.

Now this to me is a very interesting idea, initially I was looking at this and thinking in the terms of something anaolgous to the Roaming Profile which to my mind has always been the perenial bugbear of dealing with Profiles. With this setup so that it could replicate deltas on connection it could be almost like a Global Roaming Profile in every sense of the phrase?

But then just as quickly as I was getting excited, I suddenly started to appreciate what Google is (might be?) after? How about having a complete collection of everyones search and browsing habits? just for a start?
Why not, they already have my emails? ;-))  It might just pay to be at least a little paranoid about this?

We'll see?

Chief Executive Eric Schmidt in his presentation made a cryrtic comment that one goal of Google was to "store 100 per cent" of consumer information. Copies of the notes were captured by a handful of bloggers and shared around the web. The company subsequently took down its original PowerPoint slide presentation and replaced it with a 94-page Adobe Acrobat file, devoid of the speaker notes.

When asked to confirm plans for a GDrive, a Google spokeswoman declined to comment on any specific service but confirmed that presentation containing the notes had been mistakenly released on the Web. "We deleted the slide notes because they were not intended for publication," Google spokeswoman Lynn Fox said. The deleted presentation had appeared on Google's investor relations site at http://investor.google.com/ppt/20060302_analyst_day.ppt

"We are constantly working on new ways to enhance our products and services for users, but have nothing to announce at this time," she said. The retracted management notes go on to state that GDrive is one of several efforts in this direction but faces bandwidth constraints for many users with slower network speeds.

Google could save users from potential computer data crashes by keeping a "golden copy" of user data on Google's centralised computers and rely on the user's local hard drive simply for speedy access to one's data, the notes state. Recently Google began offering an optional service that stores copies of the text portions of a computer user's data on Google's computers. The service lets users search data stored on local computers from other machines via Google accounts.

While offering more convenient access to user data, the service stoked debate about the dangers of users storing so much of their digital lives on Google machines. Google recently squared up against the U.S. Justice Department which has subpoenaed a limited set of data on Google search habits, drawing an outcry from privacy advocates.

Meanwhile Microsoft 's new version of the Windows operating system, called Vista, will emphasise a web-like search instead of its traditional folder-based navigation. Google might offer similar services but shift the primary location of user data from the Windows desktop to Google's own computers.

This was further confirmed in an article over at ZDnet
 

 

Posted on Wednesday, March 8, 2006 9:38 AM Citrix , Exchange and Push Email , IT Management , Real Cool Stuff , Microsoft Tips , VMware and other Virtualization tools , Security | Back to top


Comments on this post: Is Google the new Microsoft? (Rumour of GDrive - Google supplying Infinite Storage to consumers? this can't be serious?)

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Great blog! Very interesting stuff.
Left by Murray on Mar 08, 2006 4:11 PM

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Similar concerns, different angle. See my post on http://www.strategicboard.com/weblog/pivot/entry.php?id=428 - Google's Aspired Hegemony.

Dudu
Left by Dudu Mimran on Mar 09, 2006 6:53 AM

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