Have you ever thought about how awesome it would be to have a software package that consisted of 11 of Google’s top selected programs that was easy to download and 100% free of charge? Before its dissolution, this option existed through what was called “Google Pack” and it’s one of the programs that were discontinued in Google’s attempt to put it’s money into it’s bigger projects and more meaningful pursuits. Today, we’re going to take an in-depth look at what Google Pack was and why it was discontinued.
What All Was Included in Google Pack?
In addition to Google Desktop, Google Pack included a number of some of its best products, such as Picasa (which was a photograph organizer and editor), Google Toolbar for Internet Explorer, Google Photos Screensaver (which displayed pictures from the user’s computers), Google Earth (which was an electronic globe), Google Talk, Google Video Player, which no longer exists, and Google Chrome, which is a free web browser developed by Google.
There were also a few third-party applications to download with Google Pack. These included Mozilla Firefox with Google Toolbar, Spyware Doctor with Anti-Virus, Adobe Reader (which was a document viewer), RealPlayer, a multi-media player; Skype (which as we all know is a VoIP software), avast! Free Antivirus and WebM for IE9.
Keeping all of the programs downloaded within Google Pack updated was easy thanks to Google Updater. It would keep all of your programs working and update as necessary. However, Google Updater could be uninstalled apart from the rest of the applications and it wouldn’t mess up anything within the Google Pack.
Why Was Google Pack Discontinued?
Google Pack bit the dust because Google is, after all, a cloud-based applications provider. A pack of apps available to download onto your computer was pretty old-fashioned in 2011 and even more so now in 2018.
Another reason Google cut Google Pack from it’s stack of projects is because, as Google stated while making the announcement about all of the applications that were getting ready to be removed, it needed to prioritize its efforts; or as Google put it: “Put more wood in less arrows”.
Part of the reason users loved Google Pack so much is due to the fact that they could get third–party software that normally cost money for free. This would become a problem later, though. Google faced a lawsuit from Star Office and then of course, Skype is now owned by Microsoft, which means even if Google Pack existed, Skype wouldn’t be part of the program download any longer.
What’s an Equivalent?
While there isn’t a direct equivalent to Google Pack, Google offers tons of cloud-based office programs that can help you run a business without paying a cent. From Google Docs to Google Slides, the future of Google Pack is found in the cloud. Why not free up computer space by refraining from downloading programs that are better in the cloud anyway?
While Google Pack is still missed by some of the more old-school programmers and business owners, it’s still very much alive in terms of the software itself. It may not be available for download, but almost all of the software that could be downloaded through Google Pack can still be accessed through the cloud and we couldn’t be more excited as Google continues its dive into the innovation of the future.