January 3, 2006
Rumor is they will announce at CES were Larry Page is a keynote speaker. The plan on selling/distributing through WalMart who once sold the cheap Lindows (and variants of Linux including SUSE) computer. They will be using their own OS, avoiding the high price of Windows OS and allowing them to sell the computer cheaply.
The idea is that they have built many apps using AJAX that mimic desktop apps so they could provide a cheap network PC or kiosk that would simply use their apps in place of their thick client equivalents (i.e. Gmail in place of Eudora).
With their PPC Ads, how long until they go from the cheap PC to a free one that used spyware/adware to serve ads and/or track user behavior (such as Idealab’s free-pc/the former emachines, etc)? They’ve already given away free Internet…if they can get users to use broadband so that they are always online, constantly serving ads on their computer would probably pay for those computers within 6 months to a year for the average user…especially if users must register and they get to have the users’ addresses (I’ve noticed buying clicks for terms locally have gotten relatively expensive lately…and I still cannot get the supply I seek).