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Google: Get 'Em While They're Young

Apple had an Ivan Putski-class lock on the education market in the 1980s -- that is, until Microsoft started giving away and steeply discounting software for schools. The Apple II and Mac may have been cute, but free is free, and cheap is cheap.

Google is now trying to do the same thing to Microsoft. The company is not just giving away spreadsheets and word processors (these Google apps are, after all, already free), but is offering to store students' and teachers' files. Ten years from now, we may look back and view this as the time Google's application monopoly first started to emerge!

Posted by Doug Barney on 12/05/2006 at 1:15 PM


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