updated 09:35 am EDT, Tue October 10, 2006
Google launches Mac Blog
Google has gone public with its commitment to the Mac platform. The company today launched a new Google Mac Blog that outlines its continued support of the Mac platform. The internet giant, which yesterday acquired You Tube for $1.65 billion and continues to strike video content deals, said that it strongly supports the Mac platform with a variety of products and services as a part of its mission to "organize the world's information and make it universally accessible and useful." The first blog posting notes that the company currently offers a variety of Dashboard widgets for checking Gmail, posting to a blog, and checking user's search history as well as two ways to upload photos from your Mac to Picasa Web Albums. In addition, the blog points to the Google Notifier tool that alerts users to new Gmail messages and upcoming Google Calendar events--something available only to Mac users.
The public commitment comes a few months after Google CEO Eric Schmidt joined Apple's Board of Directors and said he hopes that two companies will work more closely together with further partnerships. Recently rumors also surfaced about a possible Google-Apple video partnership to offer Google video content via Apple's upcoming iTV media hub.
"We want to provide great products and services to the tens of millions of Mac users around the world, because it's the right thing to do, and because Mac users inside and outside Google demand it," both Scott Knaster, Technical Writer, and Rose Yao, Mac Product Manager wrote in the Macs Inside Google blog. "That's why we've recruited some of the best, most passionate Mac people out there for a Mac Engineering team."
Google also now provides Safari support for Google Calendar, full Mac support for Google Video, and the Mac version of Google Earth. "These upgrades are the result of more work by Google's Mac Engineering team and friends," according to the blog post.