Google Advances Online Software Crusade
By MICHAEL LIEDTKE
Dec 3, 11:39 PM (ET)
(AP) Palo Alto High School journalism teacher Esther Wojcicki helps
student Allison Wyndham at a...
PALO ALTO, Calif. (AP) - Google Inc. (GOOG), a company synonymous
with searching the Internet, hopes to define far more of the world's
computing experience with a helping hand from schoolchildren.
For several months, it has been giving away to all takers an online
word processor, spreadsheet and other programs that can perform tasks
usually handled by desktop software. Offering a convenience that
worries some privacy experts, the programs automatically store
everything in Google's vast data centers so the information can be
retrieved on any Internet-connected computer.
As it tries to usher in a new era in computing, Google is promoting
its software applications in kindergarten through high school
classrooms, where kids who have grown up with the Web are more likely
to experiment with different technology.
Microsoft offers a discounted version of Office to students and
teachers for $149 - significantly less than the $400 for the full
But free software is tough to beat. Wojcicki spent about $4,400 to
license 70 copies of Microsoft Word earlier this year, before Google
launched its educational push.