I’d like to go on record with a date-stamp and predict that Bill Gates has begun a successful counter-revolution. I’d bet on MS, not Google. When I visited the Googleplex HQ in 2001, the foosball tables and personal chefs already gave an air of dotcomdom…. the ensuing years and successful innovations at Google notwithstanding, I’d bet corporate rigor and stamina over “Do no evil” every time. And until I see corporate rigor in Google, they still have some flame-out possibility….
In the meantime, we’re keeping a very open mind, on Google Earth (evaluating it alongside ESRI’s competitor ArcGIS Explorer and MS Live MapPoint) and on Google search applicability. There’s a lot of capability driven by metadata-tagging that can’t be done just with search.