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A new Google subdomain replete with the software packages comprising Google Pack went online today and offers Windows PC users nearly everything they need to make their computers very useful.

The assessment by the Wall Street Journal earlier this week proved correct, as the software packages they listed in a report, which we covered here, all show up on the Google Pack pages.

Naturally, Google software holds the prominent places in the software lineup. Earth, Picasa, Desktop, Toolbar for IE, Talk, and a photo screensaver can be downloaded from Google as part of the Pack. Of particular note is the Google Video Player, now listed as a way to play videos “purchased and downloaded through the Google Video website.”

Google made several other software packages from third parties available. Symantec’s Norton AntiVirus 2005 Special Edition includes a 6-month subscription to receive updates. That is the only package that does not come as an ongoing free option.

More importantly, it permits Symantec to continue to pursue complaints against Microsoft for including Client Protection in the forthcoming Vista operating system without having to explain why a free version of a Symantec product is available with Google Pack.

Still, it is surprising to see Google bypass free antivirus options like Grisoft’s AVG in favor of a for-pay AV package.

Google also offers the following packages as part of the Pack download:

Mozilla Firefox browser with the Google Toolbar
Ad-Aware SE Personal antispyware utility
Adobe Reader 7
RealPlayer media player
GalleryPlayer HD Images
Trillian instant messenger client

Any of the packages can be included or excluded with the Google Pack download.


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David Utter is a staff writer for WebProNews covering technology and business.

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