So, Google has released Google Pack (beta of course), which is a package of applications that they believe is helpful and useful to web users. As far as I can tell, it’s kind of like an “internet for new users” package that gives you a bunch of useful (free) applications that you need, all in one place.
Okay, the above was a politically correct version of what I’m actually thinking: Google for Idiots. I mean really, this is just not that big of a deal. Yes, Google Earth is cool, but if you know that you’ve probably already downloaded it. I hope you already have Firefox and aren’t using Internet Explorer anymore. Offering Norton Antivirus is lame, what a bloated piece of scareware. Who doesn’t have Acrobat Reader already? Most people should already have almost all of these types of applications, and probably the better ones – not this useless mixed bag of junk.
I can’t help but be reminded of AOL when I see this. Maybe I’m being unfair… No, this really is only useful for the non-computer literate, just like AOL was.
Not all is a loss however. Google Earth, Picasa, and Firefox are all either well designed or interesting applications. Even heavy computer/web users have some of these applications on their computers. Here’s a full list of what’s available:
Google Video Player
Google Pack Screensaver
Gallery Player HD Images
You would be better served to go to Software for Starving Students and get their package of truly useful applications.