Friday, May 21, 2010

Google - A web-centric vision of the future with rich multimedia applications inside the browser

[NY Times] Google delivered its vision of a Web-centric future on Wednesday in front of around 5,000 software developers at its annual Google I/O conference.

The presentation was unapologetically geeky, steeped in the language and minutiae of the technical standards that will drive the next wave of innovation on the Internet. For the Google faithful, at least, the meal was hearty.

Google’s vision of the future is starkly different from those laid out by its rivals Apple and Microsoft, and calls for rich multimedia applications that operate within the browser — without the separate applications that people now download to their PC desktops or mobile phones.

“The Web is the most important platform of our generation,” said Vic Gundotra, Google’s vice president of engineering, who introduced the session on the first morning of the two-day conference. “Because it’s a platform controlled by none of us, it’s the only platform truly controlled by all of us. It’s our duty to move that platform forward.”

Google Pitches a Web-Centric Future

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