March 2, 2005
@ 12:40 PM

In the post Another totally obvious factoid Dave Winer writes

Okay, we don't know for a fact that Google is working on an operating system, but the tea leaves are pretty damned clear. Why else would they have hired Microsoft's operating system architect, Mark Lucovsky? Surely not to write a spreadsheet or word processor.

Considering that after working on operating systems Mark Lucovsky went on to become the central mind behind Hailstorm, it isn't clear cut that Google is interested in him for his operating systems knowledge. It will be interesting to see if after pulling of what Microsoft couldn't by getting the public to accept AutoLink when they rejected SmartTags, Google will also get the public to accept their version of Hailstorm.

I can already hear the arguments about how Google's Hailstorm would be just like a beloved butler whose job it was to keep an eye on your wallet, rolodex and schedule so you don't have to worry about them. Positive perception in the market place is a wonderful thing.


Wednesday, 02 March 2005 19:50:08 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)
Yeah that sure is interesting. You're totally right though, I believe the market would totally have accepted Hailstorm so long as it came from any other company than Microsoft. Google has just the right image (for now) to pull something like this off.
Wednesday, 02 March 2005 23:01:12 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)
I would love to have a calendar with Gmail, I wouldnt mind something like Yahoo Briefcase but with higher capacity, but I doubt if Google tried to pull something a la Passport they would succeed.

And yeah I love Google but I found the butler analogy funny. Then again boingboing has a way of oversimplifying things.
Thursday, 03 March 2005 02:03:46 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)
Dare- couldn't disagree more. I don't think that Google has pulled off anything yet. And I also don't think that they're viewed as positive across the board.
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