Thursday, November 18, 2004

Integration- the keyword for the computer industry

It's time to INTEGRAAATE...., right? Yeah!

Microsoft & Google, two of the most successful companies in the industry's history, have firmly set their sights on integrating their services! Need are they: Google's Desktop Search Application(Beta)and MSFT's official announcement of their own desktop search application. Not just in the search market, also on the entertainment front. BillG's keynote on the occasion of the Windows XP MCE 2005 launch, portrays the need for integration.

And what's the result of this integration drive? The 'melodies', 'rock', 'pop' playlists that you have in some centralised storage could be accessed by the CD player in your car, the one at your home, in your iPod and what not? Music subscriptions would be available across devices. And how about a single remote control for all the entertainment devices in your home? No need to fiddle around with device-specific controls.

On the same lines, Google recently introduced their desktop search application. Integrating web search with desktop search really does sound exciting (it's still in beta.., anyway that's been Google's style). Just imagine that you use the world's most famous search algorithm to search your PC. Imagine how more productive people can get. Microsoft long back introduced the .NET passport as a single unified login to all its services. Even on the development front, the transition has been from an isolated programming model to the COM and now to .NET. The simple application that you create with the future versions of Visual Studio would seamlessly integrate and take advantage of the tremendous capabilities of WinFS, the future file-system for Windows.

And with the roots of integration growing stronger and deeper, it should be a much joyful eXPerience with tomorrow's software.

See U soon..!


Manoj said...

I think this is pretty fast and better than Google.
Try it

Nirmal Raghavan said...

Tan Q 4 posting! There is also I think they have implemented many new ideas!