Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Sundar Pichai: Google Drive Is About Context, Competitors About Files - Liz Gannes - News - AllThingsD

Excerpt from an interview with Google SVP of Chrome and Apps Sundar Pichai and Google Drive product head (and JotSpot alumnus) Scott Johnston
"No matter what you say or launch, the takeaway is going to be, “Google launches Dropbox competitor.” What do you make of the competitive landscape?
Pichai: I think if we wanted to do it, we would have approached it very differently. We’ve gone to great lengths to built it around an online application experience. We want this to be about creating and collaborating — and your data is there for you. I think others have taken a file/data approach, and saying you have [access to] that everywhere. It’s nuanced, but I think it’s very different.
And for an active Google user, the integration we provide is very valuable. [As for Dropbox,]  I think the work they’ve done is great. This is a secular shift in terms of how people are living in the cloud, and I think it’s good to have innovation in the space."
Sundar Pichai: Google Drive Is About Context, Competitors About Files - Liz Gannes - News - AllThingsD
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