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Google Dismisses App Stores & Viruses

Gordon Kelly


Google Dismisses App Stores & Viruses

Will Cloud computing fix everything?

That seems to be the opinion being hammered home by Google at present as it has now proclaimed both new kid on the block the App Store and old foe viruses will fall by the wayside when it takes off.

Speaking on the subject of App Stores to the FT, Google engineering VP Vic Gundotra (pictured) explained: "What we clearly see happening is a move to incredibly powerful browsers. Many, many applications can be delivered through the browser and what that does for our costs is stunning. We believe the Web has won and over the next several years, the browser, for economic reasons almost, will become the platform that matters and certainly that's where Google is investing."

He added that he believes Apple overlord Steve Jobs, whose company presides over by far the largest App store agrees with him, saying "Build for the web" was Jobs' message when the iPhone was launched. Gundotra adds that timing was not right then but "the rate of innovation {over the last year} in the browser is surprising. I think Steve really did understand that, over the long term, it would be the web and I think that's how things will play out."

Not content with shooting down App Stores, Google engineering director Linus Upson told new scientist that the Cloud will also effectively end viruses. "We are completely redesigning the underlying security architecture of the {Google} OS so users don't have to deal with viruses, malware and security updates. It should just work." This concept is a well trodden one: that if you eliminate the need for downloadable updates the reaction time will cut drastically, as will the threat itself if the Cloud means little is actually stored directly on a user's SSD/HDD.

Yes, there is still some way to go before Cloud computing truly takes off - even after Chrome OS launches in 2010 - but resistance can be reduced if the revamped Google Docs and Web Office get things right, while the heavily reduced costs should sway many. Add to that platform neutral applications and a virus free environment and the tide may just turn, whatever Steve Ballmer says...


via The FT

via New Scientist


July 20, 2009, 11:22 pm

Well, Google sure knows how to make a splash.

I still can't imagine even exchanging MS Office for any online package, let alone my entire OS.

And how is my data supposed to be safe again? out there on Googles servers.

But then again, wont judge the idea before I see how it plays.


July 21, 2009, 12:21 am


I agree. The thought of loosing personal 'control' of my apps and more worrying, my data is concerning to say the least. I do like to buy an app and own it. Isn't that the whole basis of consumerism?

But I suppose Google has to self justify its own version of the future somehow. I guess the technology will find its place amongst other current and future solutions.


July 21, 2009, 6:04 am

@Jesper - theoretically your information is safer (and far more accessible to you) online behind Google's multi-billion dollar security than your AVG/Norton anti-virus in a world of phishing emails and dodgy downloads.

@Chocoa - Google Gears and offline access to these apps will be crucial to the whole process. It will be interesting to see how it plays out. It's certainly hugely ambitious.

Gavin Hamer

July 21, 2009, 7:53 pm


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