Apparently GreenBorder users have known this news for a couple of weeks now, but it’s just spreading around the Blogosphere. On May 11th, Google made their next purchase on a long list of recent purchases — GreenBorder. They are known for their “signature-less” approach to protect computers from viruses, spyware, and other threats by isolating each Internet session from the rest of a user’s computer. When a page on the Internet is considered safe, it will place a green border around the page – hence the name.
Buzz around the Blogosphere is that a Google Browser is imminent and this would be a part of it, however, I don’t think Google is taking this route. It seems as though they’re just trying to get themselves more involved with browsers in general, whether it be Internet Explorer, Firefox, or even Maxthon which Google recently invested $1 million in.
Google has consistently denied that a Google Browser is in the works, even as far back as 2004. They’re too involved with other browsers and getting themselves integrated in other browsers to make their own Google Browser.
There are a handful of things that Google could do with GreenBorder, like using it for their Gmail service. They could also just open it up as a free service that everybody would be able to use. Currently at Download.com, GreenBorder is available for $29.95, but knowing Google, this will change shortly. Google may also find a way to integrate it into their Toolbar with an easy way to enable or disable it.
While the acquisition is being finalized, GreenBorder is not offering their applications for download or purchase on their site. Also, there is no word on how much Google paid for this purchase. All that Google has said about the deal is that they were impressed with their small team of engineers, and “believe they can help to build products and features that will benefit our users, advertisers and publishers.”
Source: Google Blogoscoped