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Did the Google I/O 2009 Spoil the Microsoft Bing Day?

Posted by Sravan | May 29, 2009 .

Google I/O is a developer gathering focused on pushing the boundaries of web applications using Google and open web technologies. This year’s two-day conference appears to have completely overshadowed the Microsoft Bing Day. There must have been two binge parties in both the camps last night for entirely different reasons.

Microsoft Bing In case you did not know, Bing is Microsoft’s new highly publicized search engine decision engine. It was supposed to have been launched yesterday, but it is not yet live. Watch this video to know more about Bing.

Coming back to Google I/O.

Google IO 2009

On the first day, the Google App Engine for Java, the Android Developer Challenge II and Google Web Elements were the special announcements. The latter is a way to embed various Google apps web elements to your own website as easily as you add a YouTube video. None of these beat the generosity of Google when it gave away a limited-edition new, unlocked HTC Magic Android phones to all 4000 attendees.  Applause!

Since the second day everybody seems to be talking only about one thing – Google Wave. Lars and Jens Rasmussen co-founded Where 2 Technologies, which was acquired by Google and eventually became Google Maps. Google Wave is their next big project on which they have been working for nearly 2 years. There is already a Google Wave blog for the information-thirsty folks. Do read the Hello World post at least. The first public version is expected to be available toward the end of this year.

googlewave thumb Did the Google I/O 2009 Spoil the Microsoft Bing Day?

Check out the photos on the recap posts on the Google Code blog for Day 1 and Day 2.

There were several sessions on both days on Android, Geoweb, Social Web, Google App Engine, Google Web Toolkit, HTML 5 (> Web 2.0). Google started giving and driving a LOT of importance towards HTML 5. There were also special sessions on Firefox 3.5 and Palm’s WebOS which is an entire OS for Mobiles built around JavaScript. Check out the previews of sessions that interest you.

There are tons of videos uploaded on the Google Developers YouTube channel, and the below embedded video is the Google Wave Preview. Before you roll your eyes and skip the 80-minute-long video, watching the first ten minutes and see if you are not hooked.

Image Sources: Google I/O, Bing, Google Wave

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