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Google has been busy this week:
Chrome Frame is a service that runs Chrome directly in Internet Explorer. The announcement provides more detail. It’s Google’s way of letting Microsoft know that inefficiencies can be bypassed. I’m a bit negative on Microsoft these days. I’m teaching a course using Sharepoint (an Old English term meaning “hell”). It’s horrendous. Please, if you like the people or customers you work with, never, ever, make them use Sharepoint. Microsoft understands systems/process. But not end users.
Next, Google announces sidewiki. Sidewiki lets users post comments on web pages through the Google Toolbar. This isn’t new – StumbleUpon and Diigo offer similar services. But Google has scope, reach, and the ability to integrate the service quickly into the online habits of users. But, the more Google innovates (meaning – wants to assist in my online interaction and data creation/consumption) the more concerned I become. Others feel the same way.
And, in case you are wondering how Google got to the point of owning everything online, the summary of their acquisitions is a good starting point.


  1. Hi George,
    You’re right Sharepoint is horrible and ugly to use out of the box, unless all you’re using it for is document-sharing (it’s core strength). Before using it as a communication tool it needs a lot of design and customisation work.

    Thursday, September 24, 2009 at 3:36 am | Permalink
  2. Amen on Sharepoint. It’s opacity and disdain for the user are remarkable. It reminds me of another MS Nightmare, the CRM plugin to Outlook. It absorbed countless hours as we valiantly tried to extract from it the promised value.

    Saturday, September 26, 2009 at 8:04 am | Permalink