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DPic [PersonRank 10]

Monday, June 4, 2007
12 years ago2,898 views

Does anybody know exactly how long it took to get from Writely to Google Docs?

Eytan Buchman [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

As far as I can see, it was acquired officially on March 9th, 2006 and only released as Google Docs on October 10th, 2006, making it a grand total of 8 months.

Hashim [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

wow, 8 months. That puts the other Google acquisitions into perspective. I bet we'll be seeing JotSpot soon, with Google Gears functionality built in.

James Xuan [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Yes but you could use Writely in between (as I did). This sis not the case with Jotspot

DPic [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

And when was JotSpot acquired?

Eytan Buchman [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Call me the date man – Halloween, 2006 (October 31st). Eight months from then would be (gears whir)...June (aka now).

DPic [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

so it won't be a full 8 months until the very end of June or very beginning of July- i think Writely took 8 months and 1 day

Mambo [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_ ...

Ionut Alex. Chitu [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

That list makes you wonder if they actually built something in other fields than search:

Publishing (Blogger, YouTube, Docs, Jotspot, Picasa) = acquisitions
Metrics (Analytics, Measure Map, Feedburner) = acquisitions
Geoweb (Earth, Maps, Sketchup) = acquisitions
AdSense = acquisition
Personalized search = acq.
Google Desktop's widgets = acq.

So what's left? Gmail, Calendar, Reader, Finance, orkut, AdWords (?!)...

DPic [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

It doesn't need to have to have been started from scratch to have that Google ingenuity about it

James Xuan [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

true

Eytan Buchman [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Thats because if it is snapped up by Google its likely <i>because</i> it had some kind of Google ingenuity.

DPic [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

and it's easier to work with some pre-existing code and user base

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