I think you may be underestimating this.
On the other hand it's far too soon to say much at this point. As for using Google services, I've always been a fan and never fathomed the scare factor of having targetted advertisements with emails. If anything, then the whole notion of hosted data should
be considered evil, not the idea of mechanically targetted advertisements. Nonsense.
Now that said, Microsoft has been dragging me their way with Mesh, SkyDrive and Live services. It still doesn't feel quite as integrated as it could be - in particular Mesh and SkyDrive, but it's quite nice as it is. One thing that might be very nice is
a zero-cost "common" file storage - using hashes to "socialize" storage costs for many files - which might actually be what is done already, given that SkyDrive has a generous 25 GB free space.
As for the browser. Well it is an intriguing idea, but what is perhaps most intriguing is the way it must lead to a more aggressive investment into browser infrastructure (WebKit, V8, ...) and maybe new proposals for recommendations - maybe cleaner architechtures
and APIs. We'll see.
I hear the message, I get the significance, I'm still saying, 'so what?'
Google dances around the edge of useful.
They just make a whole bunch of tools, how many are unique? how many of them are the best? how many would you actually use if you had to pay for them?
... we let Google off allot because stuff is 'free' ... when search advertising is really paying for it. Google leverage their finances they make by this method to make 'good enough' products place them in markets to weaken other organisations revenue streams
because they know 'free' is a great price.
But I don't want to see innovation like this!
I want to see Google work more with other organisation (like Oracle, IBM and Microsoft) and build ontop of existing products enchancing them.
Our lifes are made up of data, much of it is duplicated and out of date because we make copies of it at points in time.
Google is uniquely placed to link the definitive sources of data to everyone who needs to use it, Google could help us find what we are looking for and deliver it in a uniformed way, which we pay them for.
Google could be the kick-arse search UDDI of the web, but no, they want to play 'we can make stuff better than you' games.
Can you see my frustration?
The Internet is big and companies like Google continue to think small ... and they have the assets at their fingers tips to really make a difference.
My message to Google is simple .... THINK BIGGER, THINK BEYOND I.T.