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google and writely !!

/pd [PersonRank 10]

Thursday, March 9, 2006
13 years ago

of what worth is it for Google to Buy Writely ?? any ideas ?

Ionut Alex. Chitu [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

It make perfect sense, think about it: GDrive, infinte storage space, mail, instant messaging, online office package with collaboration, music player that streams your mp3s stored online etc.

/pd [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

So would this be the product that competes with live.com ??

/pd [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

writely has been aqquire-- the news has not yet become official!!

peterdawson.typepad.com/blog/2 ...

Tony Ruscoe [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

Was this hinted at in November last year...?

blogoscoped.com/archive/2005-1 ...

Philipp Lenssen [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

Oh, and I predicted that Google would buy 2 start-ups.
blogoscoped.com/archive/2005-1 ...

OK OK, that wasn't hard to predict! (But look at number 9, I got that one right.)

Niraj Sanghvi [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

/pd: I think Google is going to keep going until they have replaced all desktop apps, essentially giving you a mobile desktop. They have already got a messenger, photo program, desktop search, mail, etc. And they're about to have a gdrive and calendar. Writely is just another step in that direction.

/pd [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

I agree with you Niraj. I culled this from the notes section of thier ppt...

mobile devices play a key role.

When you look at really important developing markets like India, China, Latin America, mobile phone penetration by far outpaces PCs and laptops. In these regions especially, we need to build products for the next billion users and build stronger relationships with mobile service providers to make sure people have access to them.
Consider this: 1 in 6 people in the world live in India
1/3 of the world's population is in China + India
4B people in the world have never made a phone call
This points to an extremely compelling need to localize our products and make them available and relevant to people who speak languages other than English, and who don’t have ready access to PCs.
Furthermore, 79% of Internet users are outside the US and 67% of them primarily speak a language other than English – the bottom line is we’d be doing our users and our company a disservice to not focus on making our products relevant and compelling to a non-American, non-English-speaking audience

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