Google co-founder Sergey Brin covers search and the future of Google Apps, among other points, in a founder's letter posted on the official Google blog. Despite the global economic recession, Brin is optimistic about Google's ability to innovate and exploit upcoming IT revolutions such as cloud computing.
co-founder Sergey Brin posted his 2008 founder's letter on the official Google blog
May 7, detailing the company's beginnings and offering a partial road map for
In keeping with the search engine company's recent drum-beating about
attempts to make headway despite the recession, notably Google
CEO Eric Schmidt's repeated comments about the recession's effect on search
Brin started off his letter by mentioning the general
"economic hardship." However, he also cited the previous recession of
2000 to 2002, and how it helped Google and other tech companies innovate, as a
reason for optimism.
Understandably for a Web-based company, Brin spent a portion of his letter
touting cloud computing as the future of IT.
"The benefits of Web-based services, also known as cloud computing, are
clear," Brin wrote. "There is no installation. It can be accessed any
time, anywhere there is a working Web browser and Internet connection (and sometimes
even if there is not one ...). Perhaps even more importantly, new forms of
communication and collaboration become possible."
Brin also offered something of a road map for the future of Google Apps, the
company's set of cloud-based applications.
"There are a number of things we could improve about these Web
services," Brin wrote. "There is less uniformity across them than
there should be. For example, they can have different sharing models and chat
capabilities. We are working to shift all of our applications to a common
infrastructure. I believe we will achieve this soon."
In addition, Brin echoed Schmidt's earlier comments about Google Android,
the company's open-source platform for smartphones and mininotebooks, aka
"Last year, after a lot of hard work, we released Android to the
world," he wrote. "As it is open source, anyone is free to use it and
modify it. We look forward to seeing how this open platform will spur greater
While Android currently occupies only a small fraction of the smartphone OS
market, it is widely anticipated that Android's
market share will increase.