My interpretation of the Google Talk story, from this morning’s Observer. Summary:
Since its inception, Google has stuck to three basic principles. The first was to build and maintain the most powerful computing cluster ever seen. The second was to employ smart engineers and marketers to figure out revenue-bearing services that could be provided with such a system. The world knows Google for search, but that merely happened to be the first application that came along. The third (and perhaps the most important) article of Google faith is that the internet will in the end become the world’s operating system – the hub of everything (including telephony), with the web browser the dominant user interface.