Google’s place in the workspace is growing, and it’s inevitable that the company will play a role in shaping the future of unified communications.
I remember my very first encounter with Google. It was sometime in the very late 1990s when a coworker told me about this new search engine she had just started using. Like most everyone in those early days of the World Wide Web, I was a big Yahoo user and wasn’t sure why the world needed another tool to find things on the Internet. After all, if it wasn’t broke, why fix it? Well, I soon learned that this beta software with the quirky name (at least I knew what Yahoo meant) produced results that were more relevant to my needs, and within a few days, searching with Yahoo became a thing of the past.
Since then, Google has become a verb, and its reach into my life goes well beyond finding Thai restaurants and SIP documents. I maintain a blog built on Google software, ditched my yahoo.com email for Gmail, watch videos on YouTube, create meetings with Google Calendar, own an Android smart phone, and chat with friends using Hangouts. So, even though I have yet to vacate my Facebook account for Google+, or take a ride in a self-driving Google car, there isn’t a day that goes by when my life isn’t affected by this company that was birthed in a garage in Menlo Park, California.