Eric Schmidt looks at the future of Google

June 21st, 2007

What will the future of Google be? Will they maintain their current growth rates? Google’s CEO Eric Schmidt took some time to ponder these questions while at a press event recently in Paris.

Google has been growing by leaps and bounds ever since it started, with phenomenal growth rates over the past few years, what can they do to maintain this growth? Schmidt says that an important strategy Google is undertaking will be to concentrate on providing applications and other services to business consumers. Small business and universities will become a significant part of the plan for Google since they both utilize the search giants sales and infrastructure. This is extremely evident in the past few years since Google has introduced business targeted hardware and applications, the Google Search appliance, Google Mini and the Google Apps Premier Edition.

Even as Schmidt claims they are not in a competition with Microsoft, they are poised to take control of the online office application market.

Google to go carbon neutral by 2008

June 20th, 2007

Google is on the move to eliminate all of the greenhouse gases they produce by the end of 2007. This move is a voluntary plan that has been put into place by the search leader, making a stance to lead by example in cleaning up the environment. Google has been doing this by investing in energy efficient materials, renewable energy and solar power.
Other companies that have initiated a plan to cut emissions of gases include News Corp. and Yahoo Inc.

Google aquires Zenter’s online presentation software assets

June 20th, 2007

In a step that inches Google closer to the ultimate online office suite, the company has announced this morning that they have purchased the assets of Zenter.

Zenter made a unique little software package that lets users create online slide presentations. This fits in perfectly with Google Docs and Spreadsheets, and inches the Google team closer to the development of a more powerful user experience. Cant wait until this one launches. Give it a few months to integrate, and we wont have to use desktop applications ever again.

Google competes heavily with Zoho on the online application from. Zoho has a range of online tools such as a Writer, Spredsheet, Presentation tool, Wiki, Notebook, Mail, Chat, and a Planner.

Google move into Iowa with a data center

June 19th, 2007

The Governor of Iowa announced today that Google is planning on building a $600 million data center in western Iowa. Google bought up a 1185 acre site, and has worked in a deal that will see the new Google building be except from electricity and capital investment requirements from sales tax. This would last until 2024, and will save the company about $65 million over the next 15 years.

Construction has already started on a 55 acre site in an area called Council Bluffs. It is across the Missouri River from Omaha Nebraska. The new Google data center that will open in spring of 2009 will create about 200 new jobs, and will hold the search leaders data farm.

YouTube hits European users with local versions

June 19th, 2007

YouTube is a giant in the video world. How many times do you hit it alone throughout the day? Now imaging visiting the site because its the ultimate video location online, but its not available for your launguage! Thats a bummer. And Google knew that. But times have changed.

YouTube has announced many new versions of its video service. Google has launched localized versions for YouTube in Brazil, France, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Poland, Spain, UK and the US.

As it sits now, all versions will pull from Google’s central YouTube servers in the US, but give it some time and country specific videos will be added.

YouTube co-founder told the press that 2007 is the year for YouTube access. Just last week Google announced YouTube for mobile devices, something the company has had in their sights since the begining.

Google.org’s hybrid auto grants

June 19th, 2007

Google has planned to dish out $1 million in grants that will fund the development and technology of hybrid cars. They are doing this through Google.org, their philanthropic arm Google.org.

Google.org also plans to release an RFP that would see $10 million towards any company that can help commercialize plug-in hybrids and fully electric cars.

On a side note, the solar panel installation at the Googleplex campus in Mountain View California is said to produce enough electricity to power up to 1000 average California homes.

Yahoo vs Google

June 19th, 2007

Jerry Yang, the founder, and now CEO of Yahoo is completely focused on fighting Google. The company is hard focused on taking Yahoo to the next level and will be hiring engineers to improve on the companies technology to regain that they have let slip the past few years.

What will their new technology game plan be? Mobile for certain. Yahoo has taken the lead in the mobile space with their Yahoo Go application for mobile devices. However they are a tad late in the online office application world if they want to compete there. Then again, Zoho is out there, and could be a viable acquisition for Yahoo, and could take them to the lead spot in that space.

Keep you eye on Yahoo. They sound like they are about to be fierce once again!

Google’s new Public Policy blog

June 18th, 2007

What is Google’s public policy? Well, now you might find out that information faster at the newly launched Google Public Policy blog. This blog was put together to compile Google’s views on government, policy, and politics.

Currently on the site, users can check out Google’s Net Neutrality, Immigration policies, a video of John Edwards at the Googleplex, Keeping Google and America competitive, and a video of Chad Hurley taking his stance in Washington.