I heard about this on Thursday last week and have been interested to know what implication there might be for Glow which uses the Marratech product as an integral component. Bottom line is that the some original indications that “Google has obtained Marratech” could be interpreted in the wrong way.
Have done some reading in Blogshere ( a Google search for “Marratech and Google” reveals loads of interesting and relevant posts) – I believe that what has happened is that Google has purchased the Marratech software for its own internal use. Not to say of course that this will not lead to an extension of the Google online functionality for general web users.
So “Google has obtained the Marratech software for its use by its employees” would be a more precise interpretation. Google has not bought the Marratech company. At least this is my current understanding.
Of course the fact that a corporation like Google has chosen Marratech is a inticates of its believe that Marratech is fit for purpose and robust.
I have been using Marratech for about 2.5 years now and have see the product develop. I for one have a fair degree of confidence that it will meet the needs of Scottish Education used when deployed through Glow.
For further information see this post which contains the following quote from the blog Google says:
“As a company, we thrive on casual interactions and spontaneous collaboration. So we’re excited about acquiring Marratech’s video conferencing software, which will enable from-the-desktop participation for Googlers in video conference meetings wherever there’s an Internet connection.”
Googlers is the term used by Google to refer to its own employees.