I went to check my GMail account today, and discovered something that may be old news to Google watchers: Google Accounts.
Search, of course, and email, but also shopping, news, discussions, and search history … Google is continuing the journey to full-fledged internet portal. Although, as per standard modus operandi for Google, it’s a portal on a diet.
I don’t check my GMail account very regularly, so I don’t know when this Google Accounts thing happened. But either it was very quiet – because I keep my ear pretty low to the ground and didn’t hear anything – or maybe it was just a completely obvious thing to do, and so no-one mentioned it.