[NB – As I have been writing and editing this post, Google already updated their Docs application suite to make it a bit more functional. I haven’t done a lot of real-time editing with someone else so I don’t know if it’s any better, but the point is that this post might be irrelevant before I do eventually hit “publish.”
There is also the chance that other items about which I complain will be addressed quickly. Finally, this is all based on the premise that Google has done little to show true strategic planning from their somewhat haphazard roll-out of products. Not everyone agrees with this view, and I know that.]
I’ve mentioned before that I think Google lacks strategic planning, and that their tactical moves suggest disorganization and or potentially fatal decentralization in pursuit of freedom to innovate. First-to-market is an important achievement, and FULLY ACKNOWLEDGE that perhaps that is the one and only driving force behind the release timing of many Google products. But let’s put that item aside for now.
With the release of Google Docs for Android, which makes their own (half-assed) product on their own operating system somewhat more usable, I thought I would take a moment to examine the number of products that the company has launched that have potential that has been too long in realization or that have just floundered about, without a clear path to success. (more…)