A Google Browser is a no-brainer for them and they have to be thinking about it. It’s been obvious for awhile now that Google isn’t a search company, nor are they an advertising company, despite what the experts have to say. Sorry to sound like a broken record, but I’m convinced they’re building an operating system (of sorts) from which they will dispense all sorts of applications and data (as well as allow other people/companies to do the same in this fashion). What we could see is the next generation of office suite. Not Word, Excel, Powerpoint, and Outlook of Microsoft’s Office or iPhoto, iDVD, iMovie, iTunes, and Garageband of Apple’s iLife suite, but Google search, Gmail, Google Browser, Blogger, and perhaps even GIM. It’ll be interesting to watch whether this happens or not.
Google Instant Messenger using Jabber as the underlying technology would be really cool. Falls into the category of what the Web 2.0 Conference is all about: The Web as platform to build solutions on top of. Great line up of speakers and topics. Bummer that it is at the same time as the SAP TechEd in San Diego.