Google buys GrandCentral - wow!

Google buys GrandCentral - wow!

Summary: I did not see this one coming but it makes a lot of sense. Google purchased GrandCentral, a very useful online service that provides a unified "inbox" for all of your phone numbers. I first encountered GrandCentral at DEMOFall last year and have been tracking the enhancements and improvements in the service ever since.

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Google buys GrandCentral - wow!I did not see this one coming but it makes a lot of sense. Google purchased GrandCentral, a very useful online service that provides a unified "inbox" for all of your phone numbers. I first encountered GrandCentral at DEMOFall last year and have been tracking the enhancements and improvements in the service ever since.

There's not a lot of information available yet about the acquisition (I learned about this in an e-mail alert from the NY Times a short while ago) but I have no doubt that additional details will be forthcoming. When I logged into my GrandCentral inbox, there was a voicemail waiting from the company's founders assuring me that this was a "good thing" and that being part of Google will make the service more available, more scalable, and better supported. When more information becomes available, I'll update this post.

Update: Here's an FAQ about the acquisition.

Topics: Mobility, Google

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  • This could be the method to turn Google Talk into a real Skype competitor,

    but, I am sure that Google will NOT try to directly copy Skype and offer a different set of features. Obviously, the Grand Central buy will allow them to integrate existing telephones with the service in ways that Skype currently does not.
    DonnieBoy
    • Exactly

      Yes... this gives them a wide range of possible vectors to get serious in the telephony space.
      morchant