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Saturday, January 07, 2006

The Google pack: A free collection of essential software

Yesterday, Google announced the release the "Google Pack", a selection of some of the best free software available on the internet today. Combined in a package to make them easy to install, these software should be installed by all users that aren't computer professionals and need to have their computer protected against spyware and viruses at all time.

Google Software Included

  • Google Earth - 3D Earth browse
  • Picasa - Photo organizer
  • Google Pack Screensaver - Photo screensaver
  • Google Desktop - Desktop companion
  • Google Toolbar for Internet Explorer - Search toolbar

Additional Software

  • Mozilla Firefox with Google Toolbar - Web browser
  • Norton Antivirus 2005 Special Edition - Antivirus utility including a 6 month free subscription to protection updates
  • Ad-Aware SE Personal - Antispyware utility
  • Adobe Reader 7 - PDF reader

All these utility will get updated automatically via the Google updater. A Google Updater icon will appear in your system tray and will display notifications when there are updates or new software available for you to download.

Most IT professionals or computer enthusiasts won't bother to get this because they already have all they need on their system. I think that this package is trying to target Mr and Mrs. everyone who isn't too familiar with computers in general. Personally, having another software checking for updates in my system tray isn't something that I like very much.

If you are interested in checking it out, you can download it via this location.


  • Google pack is a letdown.

    The only good that can come out of this is probably more IE users would switch over to Firefox.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3:32 PM  

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