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Google I/O Thursday Keynote

Google focuses on the Web for its second day I/O keynote

  • James Martin 6/28/2012 5:35:29 PM
  • stephen.shankland 6/28/2012 5:35:56 PM
    This is only for Google Docs, though, Google told me earlier. Google spreadsheets and presentations still need a network connection.
  • seth.rosenblatt 6/28/2012 5:36:16 PM
    Changes are saved locally, and then synced when you go back online.
  • James Martin 6/28/2012 5:36:30 PM
  • seth.rosenblatt 6/28/2012 5:36:33 PM
    This is years overdue.
  • stephen.shankland 6/28/2012 5:36:47 PM
    "Like *that* it's going to sync back to my Drive"
  • seth.rosenblatt 6/28/2012 5:37:27 PM
    Small pop-up tells you when Docs syncs. Very seamless.
  • stephen.shankland 6/28/2012 5:37:28 PM
    It was pretty fast, which is good. This is hard to do, because Google basically has to build a local version of Google Apps that runs in the browser for when there's no connection to the server.
  • stephen.shankland 6/28/2012 5:37:55 PM
    Spreadsheets and presentations offline coming later. Don't hold your breath, based on track record so far.
  • seth.rosenblatt 6/28/2012 5:38:04 PM
    Apps for Drive
  • James Martin 6/28/2012 5:38:11 PM
  • James Martin 6/28/2012 5:38:45 PM
  • stephen.shankland 6/28/2012 5:38:51 PM
    We haven't heard whether Google Docs offline will work only on Chrome. That's my guess.
  • seth.rosenblatt 6/28/2012 5:39:02 PM
    We're look at Lucid Chart, one of his favorite Drive apps
  • James Martin 6/28/2012 5:39:05 PM
  • James Martin 6/28/2012 5:39:27 PM
  • seth.rosenblatt 6/28/2012 5:39:40 PM
    Talking Drive SDK v2.0
  • James Martin 6/28/2012 5:40:31 PM
  • James Martin 6/28/2012 5:40:50 PM
  • seth.rosenblatt 6/28/2012 5:40:57 PM
    I might've misheard, but it sure sounded like he just said that Docs offline works on Chrome for iOS. That's big, if this goes to all iterations of Chrome and outside of Chrome.
  • James Martin 6/28/2012 5:41:30 PM
  • James Martin 6/28/2012 5:42:33 PM
  • seth.rosenblatt 6/28/2012 5:42:44 PM
    Sindar again, Chromebooks in Best Buy's now.
  • stephen.shankland 6/28/2012 5:42:55 PM
    I like the new Chromebooks -- big step forward for the limited subset of people who are happy living in a browser. Here's my hands-on from a few weeks ago:
  • James Martin 6/28/2012 5:43:01 PM
  • stephen.shankland 6/28/2012 5:43:27 PM
    Urs Hoetzle coming on stage.
  • stephen.shankland 6/28/2012 5:43:44 PM
    Urs Holzle, sorry. He's a smart puppy.
  • seth.rosenblatt 6/28/2012 5:44:12 PM
    Servers and infrastructure
  • seth.rosenblatt 6/28/2012 5:44:35 PM
    Talking large data centers and the large networks needed to connect them
  • James Martin 6/28/2012 5:44:53 PM
  • stephen.shankland 6/28/2012 5:44:58 PM
    Going retail with Chromebooks is a big deal: it signals that Google thinks the things are ready for mainstream customers. They'll be sold in little explainer booths, I think, so nobody walks home with a Chromebook and gets an ugly surprise when it doesn't run Portal 2.
  • seth.rosenblatt 6/28/2012 5:45:13 PM
    7.5 billion hits per day in App Engine
  • stephen.shankland 6/28/2012 5:45:21 PM
    Google App Engine is a foundation for running apps on the Web -- now 1 million active apps.
  • James Martin 6/28/2012 5:45:25 PM
  • James Martin 6/28/2012 5:46:02 PM
  • seth.rosenblatt 6/28/2012 5:46:04 PM
    App Engine was powering a live streaming and vote contest during a Japanese event when 1/3 of the country was watching and voting.
  • stephen.shankland 6/28/2012 5:46:07 PM
    Nice thing about App Engine -- it scales up and down to handle peak demands better if your company doesn't have a bajillion servers when traffic to your Internet site gets heavy.
  • seth.rosenblatt 6/28/2012 5:46:19 PM
    That's around 40 million people
  • stephen.shankland 6/28/2012 5:46:44 PM
    We're getting into the next option part: virtual machines on demand. This is stepping on Amazon Web Services toes now. "Google Compute Engine Infrastructure as a Service."
  • seth.rosenblatt 6/28/2012 5:46:46 PM
    That's more people than live in California.
  • stephen.shankland 6/28/2012 5:47:37 PM
    So you can spin up virtual machines (basically a computer that runs in a software compartment so it can be started easily) with this service.
  • seth.rosenblatt 6/28/2012 5:47:38 PM
    Showing Compute Engine working with App Engine now
  • James Martin 6/28/2012 5:47:51 PM
  • stephen.shankland 6/28/2012 5:47:58 PM
    This is like Amazon's Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2), which is a giant force in the industry
  • James Martin 6/28/2012 5:48:20 PM
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