- I think Google is orthogonal to Microsoft. Microsoft will be chasing their tail lights ... Google is saying the Internet is the computer it's the Internet computer in the sky. And Microsoft's not getting it.
But one of the mistakes Google is making is applications like Gmail are great on the Google platform. But if Google was really paying attention, they'd say we have to have outside developers writing applications for Google. There should be 27 different e-mail systems using the Google infrastructure. And then they can become Microsoft. It will be interesting to see if Google will wake up and open themselves to developers. The (current) Google API is incredibly narrow and not open.
Joel also speculates a bit on a Google browser:
- I quoted a Microsoft guy (and Longhorn Avalon team member) named Joe Beda. I quoted him saying "Microsoft is making a big bet on the rich client." And now he works at Google with Adam Bosworth. I'm sure what they're doing is a new browser. It's the IE (Internet Explorer) team reconstructed inside Google.
Update: Hate to contradict Joel, but Eric Schmidt (CEO of Google) just said, "We are not building a browser."