It seems as though Google has done it again: released a product that is sure to send ripples through the software development and web development communities. Wall Street didn’t care -- Google stock is down, but that’s not the point.
The new “intelligent desktop standalone application that Google released on Monday features a fast loading handy sidebar, complete with modules that check stocks, email weather, and news. Hell, there’s even a “scratch pad for writing down notes. I hate geeks.
Speculation has been flying over what’s next. Is this going to integrate into a potential Google web browser? What about the new Google Operating system – is this part of it? My inclination is to say, no, its not part of either. However, I do see this as leading to more and more downloable pieces of software from Google. (As Google hones in on industry rivals like Yahoo and Microsoft.)
Google Desktop will likely integrate with Picasa, a photo sharing technology acquired by the search giant not long ago. (Currently the deskbar can display photos, but not with the help of Picasa.) I would also bet, that when Google Desktop 2 comes out (as the recently released application was a beta), it will include tie-ins to the Google mapping and local technology.
Perhaps one of the modules will be, “Driving directions, and “Find local businesses. The current application integrates with many important programs, including Excel, Outlook, Word, and others.
There’s also the whole matter of “search, afterall, that was the initial point behind this product. The software searches through emails, text documents, previously viewed web pages, and more. It’s actually kind of incredible.
However, this paranoid blogger will not be using Google desktop anytime soon. The search technology really freaks me out. I’ll stick to the old fashion way, hitting CTRL+F.