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Encyclopedia > Google Pack

Google Pack is "a one-stop software package that helps you discover, install, and maintain a wide range of essential PC programs,"[1] intended for buyers of new PCs. It was announced at the 2006 Consumer Electronics Show, on January 6. Google Pack is currently only available for Windows XP and Vista. The release puzzled some industry observers as it wasn't clear what Google had hoped to achieve, with Google Pack appearing as a collection of unrelated software.[2] Image File history File links Gnome_globe_current_event. ... Software redirects here. ... Software development stages In computer programming, development stage terminology expresses how the development of a piece of software has progressed and how much further development it may require. ... Image File history File links Nuvola_apps_kpager. ... The International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is a trade show held each January in Las Vegas, Nevada, and is sponsored by the Consumer Electronics Association. ... is the 6th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Windows XP is a line of operating systems developed by Microsoft for use on general-purpose computer systems, including home and business desktops, notebook computers, and media centers. ... Windows Vista is a line of graphical operating systems used on personal computers, including home and business desktops, notebook computers, Tablet PCs, and media centers. ... This article is about the corporation. ...


Available software

The number one spot to download this software is the official blog at http://googlepackdownload.blogspot.com. Users can choose which of the following programs to install. If the program is already installed, Google Updater checks to see if the user has the latest version and upgrades it, if necessary.[3]

Language/locale differences

Programs available vary based on which language/locale selected and operating system (OS). The USA Windows XP version of Google Pack offers all of the current programs listed below.

Google-brand programs

Google Desktops logo Google Desktop is a desktop search software for Mac OS X, Linux and Microsoft Windows. ... Picasa is a software application for organizing and editing digital photos, originally created by Idealab and now owned by Google. ... Google Toolbar is an Internet browser toolbar available for Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox (with slightly different features). ... Windows Internet Explorer (formerly Microsoft Internet Explorer abbreviated MSIE), commonly abbreviated to IE, is a series of graphical web browsers developed by Microsoft and included as part of the Microsoft Windows line of operating systems starting in 1995. ... Google Earth is a virtual globe program that was originally called Earth Viewer and was created by Keyhole, Inc. ... Google Talk is a Windows application for Voice over IP and instant messaging, offered by Google. ... Google Video logo Google Video is a free video sharing and video search engine service from Google that allows anyone to upload video clips to Googles web servers as well as make their own media available free of charge; some videos are also offered for sale through the Google...

Third-party programs

On March 27, 2007, Google added two new programs to the Google Pack: Spyware Doctor Starter Edition and Norton Security Scan.[4] These programs are free and do not require subscription, unlike Norton AntiVirus. However, Norton Security Scan does not offer continuous protection against viruses. Norton Security Scan scans the computer and identifies if there are existing viruses, worms, spyware, unwanted adware or Trojans residing on it.[5] The program's functionality is similar to Microsoft's Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool. Firefox redirects here. ... Google Toolbar is an Internet browser toolbar available for Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox (with slightly different features). ... Spyware Doctor is a spyware removal product for Microsoft Windows developed by PC Tools. ... Norton AntiVirus (NAV) is a popular product of Symantec Corporation and is one of the most widely used antivirus programs. ... Adobe Acrobat is a family of application software by Adobe Systems. ... RealPlayer, briefly known also as RealOne Player, is a cross-platform media player by RealNetworks that plays a number of multimedia formats including MP3, MPEG-4, QuickTime, Windows Media and multiple versions of proprietary RealAudio and RealVideo formats. ... Skype (IPA: , rhymes with type) is a software program created by the entrepreneurs Niklas Zennström and Janus Friis. ... StarOffice is Sun Microsystems proprietary office suite software package. ... is the 86th day of the year (87th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... The Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool is freely-distributed software developed by Microsoft for their Windows operating system. ...

Google says that they have no monetary agreement with the makers of the above software, and that they offer the programs for the ease of Google's customers, and do not receive payment.[6] Though Miguel Helft in his New York Times blog reports that an unidentified source[7] indicates that Google may pay Sun for each copy of StarOffice. The New York Times is an internationally known daily newspaper published in New York City and distributed in the United States and many other nations worldwide. ... Sun Microsystems, Inc. ... StarOffice is Sun Microsystems proprietary office suite software package. ...

Skype is a product in competition with Google's own Google Talk.[8]

Former third-party programs

Categories: Computer stubs | Spyware removal | Windows-only software ... Trillian is a multiprotocol instant messaging application for Windows created by Cerulean Studios that can connect to multiple IM programs from one client, such as AIM, ICQ, MSN Messenger, Yahoo! Messenger, IRC, Novell GroupWise Messenger, Bonjour, Jabber, and Skype networks (the latter four with Trillian Pro which allows for additonal... Norton AntiVirus (NAV) is a popular product of Symantec Corporation and is one of the most widely used antivirus programs. ...

Google Updater

Google Pack comes with Google Updater to assist in the downloading, installation, and updating of the programs. It is a mini "Add and Remove Programs" Manager, except that it only manages the programs that are a part of the Google Pack. If you uninstall the Google Updater all the programs part of the Pack will still be on your system and will not be modified. If you want to uninstall all the Pack programs either uninstall them from the Windows Add and Remove Programs or through the Google Updater Program.


  1. ^ Make your computer Just Work.
  2. ^ ZDNet.co.uk Google Pack fails to impress. January 9, 2006
  3. ^ [1]
  4. ^ Google Pack cures the PC Blues, March 27th, 2007
  5. ^ What is Norton Security Scan?.
  6. ^ How do you decide which programs are offered through Google Pack?.
  7. ^ Google goes after Microsoft again. August 14, 2007
  8. ^ MercuryNews.com Strong holiday sales bolster ebay earnings. January 25, 2007. (Article commenting on the inclusion of Skype in Google Pack)

External links

  • Google Pack
  • About Google Pack



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