I hate to say I knew it would happen, but 3-4 months ago I put together this strategy map of where I thought Google was heading.
I focused on education because I work for an education company. But this will happen in the corporate world too.
Google will offer an integrated suite of single sign-on private labeled applications in all of these areas, and more:
Gmail, Google Talk
- News, data, education
Google News, Maps, Earth, Book Search, Google Video, Google Trends, Reader, Scholar, Blog Search
- Collaboration, sharing, social media
Blogger, Groups, Google Base, Page Creator
- Productivity, creation
Writely, Google Spreadsheet, Search (yup, they still do that), Translation, Picasa, Sets, Sketch-up
Safe search, Google Pack
All roads lead to Rome? All roads lead to Google.
If anyone is still wondering why Microsoft increased their projected R&D spend enormously just a few months ago, you can stop. Now you know.
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