For some time now it is obvious the Microsoft is losing grip over the market. Thinking about it many people aske one big question:
"Who will control the market now?
Who will be the new Microsoft?"
Well, my personal opinion is quite decided. We know them for some time now and I've been able to watch them grow. For me it is quite obvious. Google. Yes, the good old Google, once a hackers' tool and a symbol of rebellion, now is the new monopolist to be.
Why? Well, just look at their products! Google is not just a search engine anymore. They produce all kinds of software, all of which are requiring a google account to get the maximum functionality. Picasa and Picasaweb are the most obviuos example - a great service, nice gallery but if you want an easy way to download a whole collection of pictures you need Picasa. Why? Isn't it possible to just download everything in a single .zip archive? Of course it is possible, it's even quite easy! But it's not quite convenient for Google. Does this politics remind you of someone?
Actually I quite like the gadgets Google make - the search engine, the picture viewer, the mail notifier... And that is just one more reason to be pissed off with them for their politics! I like the company and I don't want to have to run away from them because they are forcing me use their products! I want to use their products because they are good, not because I HAVE to!
The reason I'm so very much pissed off right now is their latest acquisition and the way they are forcing themselves in it. I mean my blogging service provider, Blogger.com. Yes, it seems Google bought them recently and that is fine by me! But they are now introducing some integration between Blogger and their Google accounts and thei are introducing it in quite a frustrating way! What I like about Blogger is that I sit on a computer, log in, post a blog, log out and go do something else. I don't have to deal with a whole pile of bullshit before I can post. It's no longer true, unless you use "the new and improved" Google-spiced beta version of Blogger. Well, I didn't want a new version. I'm quite familiar with the old one, it works for quite well and the new version is still beta. I just didn't want to switch! But it doesn't actually matter what I want - two or three times I struggled through tour screens and such till I find out how to log in to my good old blog until tonight while trying to log in I found out that I've followed the wrong link or something and I'm currently being switched to the new version! I was outta my mind with frustration! And the best part is that, of course, switching back is not an option - "It's technically impossible" or something... Damn it, I hate being forced to do things! If the new service was better and I saw it I would have been happy to switch! But now I'm not happy at all and I'm even considering moving my blog to its own hosting somewhere with a nice Wordpress running it!
So, enjoy the new WEB, shone over by the allmighty Google!