Why do people love Google?Google controls 70 per cent of the search market, in an era when our life revolves around the 'Search Box' and when successful internet executives, like the Stepford Princess Marissa Mayer, are considered facile thought leaders, propounding theories and dictums at will, like a new-age Thoreau. Did you read her latest gem where she says "It is not what you know, it's what you can find out." Deep.
During the rise of the computers, Microsoft rose roughshod over everything else, swatting competitors like flies, bribing governments and big business bean-counters alike, always deflecting cries of monopolistic behavior by pointing fingers at the software thieves.
Now, Google deflects concerns of privacy by accusing users of "what are you hiding that you are so afraid?"
Faced with a privacy nightmare in a cloud computing world, why then, do we love Google?
This thread gives the answer, sort of speaking for the internet itself,
Yes, they are the new Microsoft. But one that doesn't charge you for their services. That's why we love them. And they're savvy.
Not only that, but it doesn't lock people in their proprietary office and protocols.
* Tired of Gmail? export it to imap
* Tired of Google Calendar? export it to ical
* Tired of Google Docs? export it to open office, ms office, html or even plain text
People use google because they make great software and stay with them for the same reason. People stay with MS because they are locked in.