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Editors' Review

Google Pack is another useful idea from those nearly ubiquitous, ever-industrious Google folks. The Pack takes a bunch of disparate but essential programs, tosses in the entirety of the Google desktop suite, then loads and automatically updates all of them as future changes are made. A pre-installation checklist lets users opt in or out, and the program is flexible enough to allow users to change their choices easily after installation.

The latest version adds options to download Google's browser, Chrome, in addition to or instead of Mozilla's Firefox with Google Toolbar. From Google's repertoire come Earth, Desktop, Talk, Picasa, Photo Screensavers, and the Google Toolbar for Internet Explorer. There's also Skype, RealPlayer, Adobe Reader, Spyware Doctor Starter Edition, and a six-month subscription to Norton's Security Scan. StarOffice, a suite of word processing and spreadsheet tools, and Ad-Aware have been nixed from previous versions.

It's encouraging to see a range of programs being offered, though it would be nice to see Google Pack, which is a not-so-subtle Googlification of the Microsoft Windows Updater, cover a wider range of applications. Shockwave and Flash would be good places to start, as would QuickTime or a good, freeware FTP program.

 
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Full Specifications

What's new in version beta

The latest version of Google Pack adds the Google Chrome Web Browser.

General

Publisher Google
Publisher web site http://www.google.com/
Release Date January 07, 2009
Date Added January 07, 2009
Version beta

Category

Category Internet Software
Subcategory Download Managers

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Windows XP/Vista
Additional Requirements Windows XP/Vista

Download Information

File Size 25.49KB
File Name External File

Popularity

Total Downloads 137,097
Downloads Last Week 0

Pricing

License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free
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