Is Google Taking Over The World?
Quite often I come across a few people online (and even in person) that think Google is a big monster which needs to be tamed, or more preferably, defeated and sent back to whence it came.
Personally, I don't understand that viewpoint. I'll come out and say it: I love Google! Face it, it has changed the face of the world, literally.
Having access to all the absolutely free applications and services they supply can be a God-send to anyone with a laptop, desktop or smartphone. The simple fact that I now converted and transferred ALL my contacts and calendars from Sage Act! to Google can attest to the trust I have in Google's online services.
I also got rid of my ridiculously stupidly slow Microsoft Outlook in exchange to host and access my IMAP and POP3 email accounts all from my Google Gmail interface. I can now do any of my administration and contact work from any computer in the world that has an online connection.
I've been on my parent's case for a few years now, trying to get them onto Google and away from Microsoft. I just can't wait until I finally get my invite to join the new Google+ network, perhaps they'll give Facebook a run for their money?
But don't get me wrong, I also love Microsoft too (yes, I realize they're a huge corporation as well). I've been using Microsoft and Apple products since 1984. I've seen them grow (I remember Lode Runner and Hard Hat Mack and the Apple IIe). But whilst Apple is pushing ahead and producing more and more high-quality products, I think Microsoft has completely lost their way. Apart from Windows 7, I don't think there is anything that Microsoft can do to get back on top.
Even the top smart phones are Apple and Google Android products. Microsoft is really no where to be found (don't get me started on the RIM Blackberry folks, they completely dropped the ball).
Google on the iPhone is great. I don't even need my laptop or desktop anymore. 80% of all my online transactions (emails, scheduling and calendar, video conferencing etc) is done on my iPhone 4. I'm so looking forward to getting a new iPad2!
It's funny how SO many people complain about Google and their reach into every corner of the earth, but I bet you even those complainers have a gmail account and use the Google Maps service to find the route to their next protest gathering ;)
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