Paul Thurrott on Google Pack: It's a mess

Paul Thurrott on Google Pack: It's a mess

Summary: Paul Thurrott of Windows SuperSite has an in-depth review of Google Pack. Following is his conclusion:While virtually every computer company on earth is scared to death of Google, and virtually every PC user seems to be in love with them, Google Pack serves nicely as a reality check.

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Paul Thurrott of Windows SuperSite has an in-depth review of Google Pack. Following is his conclusion:

While virtually every computer company on earth is scared to death of Google, and virtually every PC user seems to be in love with them, Google Pack serves nicely as a reality check. Not only is Google human, buts the flaws in Google Pack suggest that this company has a long, long way to go before it can ever justify its insanely lofty stock price. Google Pack is a mixed bag of applications, some useful and some not, though virtually all are deficient in some way as packaged here. I applaud Google for trying to make the PC experience simpler and more secure, but shipping out-of-date security products is even worse than not shipping them at all, because users will get a false sense of security and believe they're protected when in fact they are not. Google Pack is still in beta, so the more glaring issues can be fixed by a final release, if there is one. But this initial version of Google Pack is an embarrassment to the company. It's just a mess.

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  • Definitions are what matter

    Who cares if the engine is Norton 2005 or 2001?? As long as the definitions are up-to-date it'll get the job done. It's a trial version anyway.
    JackPastor
    • The review is talking about Norton 2005

      Actually if you take a look at [url=http://www.winsupersite.com/reviews/google_pack.asp]the review of Google pack[/url], you?ll see where it is talking about Norton 2005.

      At least Google appears to recognize that you can go just so far with the browser.
      P. Douglas
  • It's a conglomeration of others' software.

    A mess is too strong a word.

    Of course, every person who buys a new pc gets most of these programs and more. And then spends awhile removing them and getting the Options and Preferences arranged properly.
    Including turning off all the auto-updates.

    "Pointless and useless" is a better description than "mess".
    Anton Philidor
    • maybe so, but...

      most people out in the world don't know the ins and outs of a computer and will do anything they feel is necessary to keep it up, running, and as error free as is possible. So, Google, by packaging all of this together, is keeping this in mind. Most of the aforementioned people trust Google entirely with there information, so they will trust Google will deliver good software as well. And anything that gets them a secure PC faster and with less headache is fine with them, no matter whose logo is emblazened on the software. This one is a business plus for Google.
      jamesgrimes@...
      • Then Google has shot its own foot off

        "Most of the aforementioned people trust Google entirely with there information, so they will trust Google will deliver good software as well."

        What a shame, then, then all Google gave them was a pile of trash. Knowing Google, the "Google Pack" will still be "beta" in 2010, and it will still stink, because like all other Google products, they will virtually cease development once it hits public beta.

        J.Ja
        Justin James
      • Google may deliver the software...

        ... and watch for updates, but it won't take charge of how the software is used.

        Going by past experience of the software Google has tossed into the agglomeration, people are going to get aggravated. And the aggravation will stick at least as much as their gratitude for Google's help.

        Once people begin to think Google should stick to search, the company will be restricted to search, an increasingly competitive business. I think Google will lose reputation, a bad business move, if they push this Pack.
        Anton Philidor