NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- After years of success in giving stuff away while building the most cost-effective Internet infrastructure the world has ever seen, Google (GOOG) has decided its future lies in getting people to pay for stuff.
What could possibly go wrong?
Google I/O, which started out as a developers' conference, turned into a sales meeting this week as the company introduced more ways for people to part with their money:
- YouTube now has channels you can pay for.
- Google Wallet has been integrated with Gmail and has turned into something like Western Union (WU), with money sent as email attachments.
- Google Plus is going after Facebook (FB), complete with an app similar to Facebook Home , now available on iTunes.
- Google Play Music is now a $10/month streaming service competing with Spotify, and daring Apple (AAPL) to respond.
- Google Play Games is now aiming to become a full gaming platform like Valve's Steam.
- Google Apps is now going directly at Microsoft (MSFT) Office in the office applications race, with the City of Boston and Canada's CBC Broadcasting as early wins.
- Google Compute Engine is going after Amazon.com (AMZN) in the public cloud space.
Rather than just be all things to all people, Google will compete with all things against all people.
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