Is the year of the Rooster Google's last year of benevolence? Until now, Google has managed to be the darling of the caffeine-saturated Slashdot crowd, the scourge of Microsoft, and generally one step ahead of everyone else. Oh, the Google search engine isn't too bad either.
- Released GooglePack, an underwhelming Windows-centric software pack
- Released, then pulled, Google Analytics, an ad-targeting system
- Partnered with AOL, and agreed to give AOL advertising and content some sort of preferential treatment
- Released Google Video, a proprietary, DRM-encumbered video store and client
Even if we ignore the first two as silliness and attribute the third as a hedge bet against Microsoft, that still leaves us with a company — who's by-line, incidentally, is "do no evil" — releasing yet another bloody DRM-crippled media player. Which means more vendor lock-in, and more media in a format which can't be easily — or, in some places, legally — transferred between programs.
Then again, maybe they're just having an off month. I guess we'll just have to wait and see.