Google software – Free tools

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I am a user of many free tools from Google like Gmail, Google Docs and Google Maps. I took it for granted some years ago and did not think more off it. Then suddenly I started thinking about Google products in general and I realized I have access to many of  their products and I do not pay a dime for it.

Why does Google not charge me for using their products?  I started to look at the Google Company and this is what I found out.

The Google trademark is one of the best known trademark of the world. It is among trademarks like  Coke-Cola and Apple.

Google was started on September 4th 1998 by Larry Page and Sergey Brin and only 16 years later it is one of the biggest companies in the world.

Larry Page and Sergey Brin were students at Stanford University and they own about 16 percent of Googles shares.

Googles mission statement says “to organize the world´s information and make it universally accessible and useful” This is a very strong mission statements and the founders aimed for the sky at the very beginning.

Unofficial slogan was “Don´t be evil”. It was first suggested by Google employee Paul Buchheit back in 2000.  What that means is it prohibits conflicts of interest required objectivity and an absence of bias.

While many companies have ethical codes that govern their conduct in contact, Google claims to have made “Don´t Be Evil” a central pillar of their identity. “Don´t Be Evil” is often used in critic of Google.

 

Larry Page imageLarry Page is born in East Lansing, Michigan U.S.A. He holds a Bachelor of Science in computer engineering from the University of Michigan with honors and Master of Science in computer science from Stanford University.

 

 

Sergey Brin is born in Moscow, Russia and immigrated to U.S.A. at the age of six. He earned his undergraduate degree at the University of Maryland.  After graduation he moved to Stanford University to acquire a PH.D. In computer science.

At Stanford University Larry and Sergey became friends. They filled their dormitory room with inexpensive computers and applied Brian´s data mining system to build a superior search engine. This search engine was initially called BackRub it used links to determine the importance of individual webpages.

This search engine became very popular at Stanford so they had to suspend their Ph.D. studies to start up Google in a rented garage.

Larry and Sergey named the search engine they build “Google”.  The name Google came from the term “googol” wish is the mathematical term for a 1 followed by 100 zeroes.

I admire Google for their products and I am very pleased to have free access. I urge everyone to have a closer look at their products and see for themselves if they can benefit from them.

Here are some of the Google products you can use for free.

Google – Alerts

Google Alerts are email updates of the latest relevant Google results (web, news, etc.) based on your queries. You can monitor the web for interesting new content. I use this product to keep up with topics I like to be informed about. I can at any time change my queries.

Google – Books

Search and preview millions of books from libraries and publisher worldwide.

Google – Blog

Official weblog, with news of new products, events and glimpses of life inside Google.  Here you can get latest information directly from Google

Google – Calendar

Helps you to keep track of importance events online. You can share your calendar with the public or specific users. A family or a group of friends can share their calendar.

Google – Chrome

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Chrome Ikon

Is a browser that combines a minimal design with sophisticated technology to make the web faster, safer and easier.  Google Chrome web browser was rolled out in 2009 and is the most popular web browser in the world today.

Google – Chromecast

Is the easiest way to enjoy online video and music on your TV. Plug it into any HDTV and control it with your existing smartphone, tablet or laptop.

Google – Contacts

Is your online address book, intergraded with Gmail, Calendar Drive and other Google Products.

Google – Docs

Create and share your work online and access your documents from anywhere. You can manage documents, spreadsheets, presentations, surveys and more.   There is no need to buy expensive Office package.

Google – Drive

You can store up to 15 GB of your stuff free.  Access them from anywhere and collaborate with others. This can come in handy because people’s works place is everywhere.

Google – Earth

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Google Earth ikon

Let’s you fly anywhere on Earth to view satellite imagery, maps, terrain, 3D buildings, from galaxies in outer space to the canyons of the sea.

Google – Fonts

Find hundreds of font families and add the ones you like to your collection.

Google – Finance

You can get real-time stock quotes and charts, financial news, currency conversions or track you portfolio.

Google – Flights

Choose your flight from a simple list of results, explore destinations on a map and find travel dates with the lowest fare.

Google – Glass

This is brand new and very exciting.  With the Google Glass you can take a picture and send to your friend or family by just tapping on the bracket of the Glass.  You can even stream what you see. This is going to change the world.

Google – Groups

Allows you to create and participate in online forums and email-based groups.

Google – Hangouts

Brings conversations to life with photos, email and even group video calls for free. Connect with friends across computers, a-Android and Apple devices.

Google – Images

The most comprehensive image search on the web.

Google – Keep

Quickly create, access and organize your notes, lists and photos. All your notes are automatically stores in Drive.

Google – Maps

Find your way around.  I use this product often when I plan a visit to a new place. You can get detail instruction on how to get from A to B.

Google – Music

Is currently available in selected territories where you can find, enjoy and share Apps, Music, Movies and Books instantly across the web and Android devices.

Google – Mail

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Gmail ikon

Gmail for short, helps you communicate by mail, video chat with a friend or give someone a ring.

Google – Nexus

Discover the Nexus smartphone and tablets from Google.

Google – News

Comprehensive up-to-date news coverage, aggregated from source all over the world.

Google – Picasa

You can organize, edit and share your photos.

Google – Plus

Google+ aims to make sharing on the web more like sharing in real life.

Google – Translate

Is free online language translation service instantly translates text and web pages.

Google – Tends

You can explore trends in web world. How is people using the web.

Google – Webmaster Tools

Provides you with detailed reports about your pages.

 

And there is much more.  It is amazing company allowing you to use their products for free.

Please do not hesitate to leave a comment below.

Thorhallur

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