After Google’s Spreadsheets they just came out with, everyone is saying how they are trying to become the new Microsoft Office. What people haven’t noticed is how Google is also making .mac virtually obsolete.
Here are some of the .mac vs Google features:
- Apple’s iWeb blogs = Google’s Blogger & Google Pages
- .Mac mail = Gmail (I personally think Gmail wins hands down on this one)
- iDisk = Gdrive (not out yet, but we are sure to see this soon)
- AppleÂ Backup = okay Google doesn’t have this yet
- .mac sync = Google’s new Browser Sync
and with Google’s latest offering, the Google Browser Sync….This is Firefox only, but I know quite a number of mac users who use Firefox as their main browser.
It allows you to continuously synchronizes your browser settings â€“ including bookmarks, history, persistent cookies, and saved passwords â€“ across your computers. It also allows you to restore open tabs and windows across different machines and browser sessions. .Mac doesn’t even offer all of these features.
Watch out Apple and Microsoft, Google is coming for you.
Update: Looks like this story was picked up by a few major blogs, including TUAW and Hawk Wings. Some comments I’ve come across. Google Calendar is superior to the iCal features offered on the web. There is no GDrive yet, but Box.net is free for 1 gig, and can now be mounted to OSX.
I want to say that I don’t think that the Google services offered are 100% comparable to .mac, but you can’t beat free. I personally don’t use any of the .mac features. I bought it to try out the iLife publishing options, which are quite cool, but I like to use my own blogging software, and Flickr for publishing pictures work fine for me.
It’s all what you personally prefer. I have a Google ap open 100% of the time I am at a computer. I can’t remember the last time I used one of my .mac features.