Wednesday, June 22, 2011

What is Google Pack?

Occasionally I run into people who are new to computers and are overwhelmed where to start, what is safe, who to trust,  or ________ (insert your own concern).

One site I recommend for them to visit is the Google Pack site. Which is then followed by, "What is Google Pack?" and for those who are on the site while we are talking, "Why is this free?" or "Why didn't someone tell me about this before?"

As displayed in the image, Google Pack is: 
Software selected by Google
Always free
Ready to use in just a few clicks!

Google Pack for Mac and Google Pack for Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7.

Learn more about the software selected in Google Pack. The site lists the software selected by Google with two bullet statements that provides a description. You can select Learn More About Google Pack Software and access the source where one can gather more information  about each product. The site changes to keep up with current needs, when Google Pack first launched Google Chrome didn't exist. You can select one or all of the following options for installation:  Google Chrome Web Browser, Google Apps, Google Earth, Google Toolbar for IE, Spyware Doctor with Anti-Virus, avast! Free Antivirus, Immunet Protect Antivirus, Google Desktop, Google Picasa, Adobe Reader, Firefox with Google Toolbar, Google Talk, Skype, RealPlayer, WebM for IE9.

Previous versions of Google Pack included: Ad-Aware, GalleryPlayer, Norton Antivirus Special Edition 2005, which included a 6-month subscription, Norton Security Scan, StarOffice, a productivity suite that includes a word processor and spreadsheet, Trillian, Spyware Doctor Starter Edition.
Google Pack is also available through the Google Products page in the Home and Office Category.
Once Google Updater is installed, you can view the current status, view installed software, set the status for updates, and set your preferences. You can remove or customize Google Updater.

Scroll to the bottom of the site and you will find links for the International versions of Google Pack available in: Български - čeština - dansk - Deutsch - Ελληνικά - English - English (UK) - Español - suomi - Français - Hrvatski - Magyar - Italiano - 日本語 - 한국어 - Nederlands - Norsk - polski - Português (Brasil) - Română - русский - Slovenčina - svenska - ไทย - Türkçe - 简体中文 - 繁体中文
Google Pack via Wikipedia

So whether you like to tinker, help others, or need a quick fix for an older device there is something for everyone in the Google Pack. Have you or do you use Google Pack? 
Comments, recommendations,  +1 and reaction box selections are always welcome.
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