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Google buys Picasa

Google buys desktop photo management software company - http://www.google.com/press/pressrel/picasa.html

What's the deal here? I thought Google is all about making 'HTML sing'!

Anon
Tuesday, July 13, 2004

Blogger + Picasa = MoBlogger

Greg Hurlman
Tuesday, July 13, 2004

GPhoto anyone?

Google is trying to be your hard drive in the sky.

.net, the equivalent of MS Bob.
Tuesday, July 13, 2004

Mike Picasa, like from the Mets?

:)
Tuesday, July 13, 2004

I get the part about "GPhoto". But why a "desktop" application? Why not buy or build a web application?

Anon
Tuesday, July 13, 2004

Someone did say that Google is becoming a platform.

Steve Jones (UK)
Tuesday, July 13, 2004

I bet 'Hello' is the technology they are really after:

http://www.hello.com/

Ged Byrne
Tuesday, July 13, 2004

Greg moBlogger is already there, only they call it blogger blot:

http://www.hello.com/how_bloggerbot_works.php

Ged Byrne
Tuesday, July 13, 2004

Maybe a moBetter moBlogger?  ;)

Greg Hurlman
Tuesday, July 13, 2004

"But why a "desktop" application? Why not buy or build a web application?"

It probably won't be a desktop app other than an enhancement to the desktop toolbar.  Picasa probably holds some patents or has some knowledged that Google wants to leverage server side.  The fact that Picasa has/is a desktop app is irrelevant.  Google could still market the Picasa desktop separately too.

.net, the equivalent of MS Bob.
Wednesday, July 14, 2004

Yea, I guess that makes more sense. Also the part about "Hello" is interesting. I also read somewhere that Google is in talk with an Indian company regarding a Google Messenger.

Anon
Wednesday, July 14, 2004

I think Google just see it as bridging the gap between the camera and the net.

Ged Byrne
Wednesday, July 14, 2004

Picassa is an excellent desktop application and I hope that they do not discontinue it. I've purchased at least 8 copies for friends and family.

BrianM
Wednesday, July 14, 2004

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