July 6, 2006
Today Google is announcing the availability in the UK of Google Pack beta, a free collection of safe, useful software from Google and other companies that improves the user experience online and on the desktop. In just a few clicks, users can easily discover, download, install and maintain software to surf the web faster, remove viruses and spyware, and effectively manage their digital information.
Google Pack offers programs that meets Google’s high software standards and are considered best in their class, including:
Google Pack includes the Google Updater which intelligently downloads, installs and maintains all the software in the Google Pack. Google Updater alerts users when new programs become available and ensures each program is always up-to-date. Google Updater can also be used to monitor the status of installation, run software that’s been installed, or easily uninstall software.
Users can also easily select which programs they want to install. For programs already installed on a computer, Google Updater will detect them and check whether the latest version is running. If not, Google Updater will install the latest version.
Every program included in the Google Pack is free, has earned a reputation for excellence, and was evaluated to ensure it meets Google’s Software Principles. Google respects users’ rights to control their own computers and does not include software that is spyware, generates pop-ups, or that is difficult to uninstall. Additional information on Google’s Software Principles is available at www.google.com/intl/en/corporate/software_principles.html.
Adobe Systems Incorporated
Free Adobe Reader 7.0 software enables users to view, print, search, and interact with Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) files. “Google Pack is a convenient, easy way for consumers to be sure they have the latest versions of important, free software applications,” said Andrew Cresci, vice president, Platform Business Unit, Adobe Systems Incorporated. “By including the ubiquitous Adobe Reader in Google Pack, Google is helping ensure consumers will be able to reliably view, print and interact with Adobe PDF files, the de facto standard for electronic documents exchanged on the Web and over email.”
Media Contact: Matt Rozen, email@example.com, 415-832-2268
GalleryPlayer programs the world’s finest HD art and photography to high resolution displays for GalleryPlayer delivers the world’s finest high definition art and photography to high resolution displays through an extensive library of HD image collections from world-class museums and leading photographers. GalleryPlayer’s HD art and photography enhances residential and commercial environments by transforming any high definition display into a stunning visual showcase. “GalleryPlayer is pleased to team with Google to deliver the world’s finest HD art and photography to any display, bringing stunning, museum-quality images to desktops and flat screens in homes around the world,” said GalleryPlayer vice president of marketing Rusty Citron. “With GalleryPlayer included in Google Pack, Google users can easily build their own collections of masterpiece artwork and photography for their enjoyment.”
Media Contact: Kristina Kolerich, Kristina@GalleryPlayer.com 206.276.6798
Firefox is the safer, easy-to-use, and innovative Web browser from Mozilla. “We are excited that Firefox will be included in the Google Pack,” said Christopher Beard, Vice President of Marketing and Product Management at Mozilla. “Enabling easier access to Firefox through the Google Pack means many more people will get to enjoy a better Web experience.”
Media Contact: Judi Palmer, firstname.lastname@example.org, 650-762-2812
RealPlayer offers an easy-to-use product for consumers to access and manage all their digital media from one convenient place. “For over two years, RealNetworks and Google have been working together on new ways to give consumers easy access to our products and services,” said Jeff Chasen, vice president of RealNetworks’ RealPlayer division. “We’re excited that RealPlayer, already an integral part of consumers’ web experience, will now be available as part of the Google Pack of essential software.”
Media Contact: Karla Geci, email@example.com, +44 (0) 207 618 4029
Norton AntiVirus 2005 Special Edition provides home users who are using the Internet, exchanging emails, Instant Messages and downloading content with essential and continually updated protection against viruses and other common Internet threats. Google Pack users will receive an introductory 6-month subscription to Symantec’s virus protection updates and, once the subscription expires, will have the option to purchase a 12-month subscription renewal. “Symantec estimates that 30-40% of all connected consumer systems are not adequately protected,” said Enrique Salem, senior vice president, security products and solutions, Symantec Corp. “We are pleased to work with Google to provide a Special Edition version of our market-leading Norton AntiVirus to help Google users surf the Internet, use email and exchange instant messages free from worry about Internet viruses and other threats.”
Media Contact: Sheila Tran, firstname.lastname@example.org, 408-517-8037