Mobile Apps, Ditching Windows and Lawsuits Oh My
In this inaugural edition of Blogging Google, I thought it would be quite fitting to do a quick round-up of the latest news from the Goog-iverse.
The little search engine that could has it's hands in a lot of pies lately — some good and some bad.
Here's some of both.
Mobile Apps in Search
The quickest way to discover mobile apps typically has been to either ask friends with the same device or cruise various app stores and hope you stumble across something of interest.
Well, wait no longer. Google is here to save the day.
Yesterday, the company announced that if users went to Google.com on their iPhone or Android-powered device and searched for an app, special links and content will appear at the top of the search results.
Users can tap the links to go directly to the app’s Android Market or iPhone App Store page. They can also get a quick look at some of the app’s basic details including the price, rating, and publisher. The results will appear when your search pertains to a mobile application and relevant, well-rated apps are found.
Bye Bye Windows
Googlers are no longer using the Windows operating system. In fact, if employees want to use Windows, they need permission.
According to a Financial Times Report, "The directive to move to other operating systems began in earnest in January, after Google's Chinese operations were hacked, and could effectively end the use of Windows at Google, which employs more than 10,000 workers internationally. New hires are now given the option of using Apple's Mac computers or PCs running the Linux operating system. Employees wanting to stay on Windows required clearance from 'quite senior levels,' one employee said. 'Getting a new Windows machine now requires CIO approval,' said another employee."Continued on the next page