Systems Engineering and RDBMS

More acquisitions by Google

Posted by decipherinfosys on June 21, 2007

Google has acquired feedburner – the chicago based company that provides media distribution services for blogs and RSS feeds. Our RSS feeds also go through feedburner. Here is the announcement post on their site.

They also acquired another company called Zenter – this company provides software for creating online presentations. If you recall,Google had previously bought Tonic Systems which also works in the same area but more on the backend technology. Google should now have a complete set of online applications suite – documents, spreadsheets, presentations, mail and calender/events. In order to be a real threat to MS-Office though, Google will need to figure out a way to do seamless integration between these different applications. The usability and the interface of these applications is another cause of concern for them – it still has a long way to go. Google is not the only one looking at the online office application market – other players in this line are: Zoho, Zimbra, MS Office Live and thinkfree. Read/Write Web had an interesting post with a comparison between these different application suites.

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