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    Cool Google Browser?

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    Is there a browser in Google's future?
    Posted September 20, 2004 @ 9:45PM, by Eric Bangeman

    What's next for Google after the IPO? As the pieces of the puzzle come together, it's looking like a new Google-branded web browser could be in the wings. Google has been on a hiring spree of late, and some of the new hires have interesting résumés. A few are from the Internet Explorer team. In addition, Google has hired Joe Beda, the lead developer on Avalon, Microsoft's next-generation UI, and Java guru Joshua Bloch from Sun. To add a bit of intrigue to the mix, Mozilla Developer Day was held on Google's campus in August.

    Does this mean a Google-powered browser is in the offing? One clue is a whois search: looking up gbrowser.com shows that the administrative contact is Google. Along with the expertise they have hired in, there are plenty of tools to work with. Open source browser rendering engines such as KHTML (used as the basis for Konqueror, Safari, and OmniWeb) and Gecko (at the heart of the Mozilla browsers) are readily available, so creating a Google browser should be a comparatively simple task.

    The larger question is one of why. Why a browser? What does Google hope to offer that isn't already extant in the web browser market? The obvious answer is linkage to other Google properties. There could be tie-ins to Gmail, Froogle, Google News, Picasa (the photo organizer), the Blogger, and other services in the offing. With G-Browser (or whatever its name may be), the surfer could get all her online business done without ever leaving the confines of the Google universe. G-Browser would be another path to the Google destination. The more people who arrive at Destination Google, the more ads served up, and the stronger Google's position becomes.

    With a desktop search utility on the way, a shopping engine, news aggregator, and webmail service all in comfortable betas, it is apparent that Google aspires to be far more than the number one search engine. With US$1.67 billion in the bank from the IPO last month and its stock up nearly US$35 since then, Google has a sizable bankroll with which to work. They will likely need every bit of that full wallet as they expand the battlefront with the likes of Microsoft, Yahoo, and AOL.

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    If they want to make a good browser I think hiring former IE programmers is a really bad way to go about it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by imaeditedbysowulo
    If they want to make a good browser I think hiring former IE programmers is a really bad way to go about it.
    amen
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    Quote Originally Posted by imaeditedbysowulo
    If they want to make a good browser I think hiring former IE programmers is a really bad way to go about it.
    I thought you were Mr. Anti IE6 / Pro Mozilla Firefox? Wouldn't it make sense for Google to buy out Mozilla and just use that as a good solid foundation?
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    sounds like a great way to pipe in even more of the ubiquitous Google Ads...

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    Quote Originally Posted by WebHead
    I thought you were Mr. Anti IE6 / Pro Mozilla Firefox? Wouldn't it make sense for Google to buy out Mozilla and just use that as a good solid foundation?
    You mean like M$ and buy up the competion and then screw it up and charge double ?
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    Maybe not buy Mozilla, but investing in it or licensing some of its code would be smart.

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    Hiring the guys that coded ie is a great idea, they know where the mistakes are!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by WebHead
    I thought you were Mr. Anti IE6 / Pro Mozilla Firefox? Wouldn't it make sense for Google to buy out Mozilla and just use that as a good solid foundation?

    Yes that would be a very good way to do it. Take a very solid product, pay some money for it and then stamp your name on it and call it your own. That is a proven successful method for business.

    Taking people that helped design a really crappy product who no longer work for that company for whatever reason, and then having those people design your product is a bad idea IMHO.

    That would be like me saying hey I thinK I want to get into building computers and then going out and hiring all the people from E-Machines.
    WWBRD?

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    Quote Originally Posted by imaeditedbysowulo
    Yes that would be a very good way to do it. Take a very solid product, pay some money for it and then stamp your name on it and call it your own. That is a proven successful method for business.

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    wow , that brings back memories ,,,,,,


    was,nt it a young Mr gates that did that ,,,for the first desktop IBMs?

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    Quote Originally Posted by freddy
    wow , that brings back memories ,,,,,,


    was,nt it a young Mr gates that did that ,,,for the first desktop IBMs?
    Worked out pretty favorably for him too. If only I had fuel for my time machine.
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    Based on the half-dozen hires in recent weeks, Google appears to be planning to launch its own Web browser and other software products to challenge Microsoft. Google has wooed Joshua Bloch, one of the main developers of the Internet programming language Java, from Sun Microsystems.

    The company also hired four people who worked on Microsoft's Web browser, Internet Explorer, and later founded their own company. One of them, Adam Bosworth, is credited with being a driving force not only behind IE, but Microsoft's database-management program, Access.

    Most recently, Google grabbed Joe Beda, the lead developer on Avalon, Microsoft's code name for the user interface that will part of the next version of Windows, called Longhorn.

    Beda even keeps an online diary of what it's like to be a "Noogler," as new Google employees are called. He won't reveal what he's working on but mentions that each Noogler is given a hat with a propeller on the top.

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