Happy birthday to Google

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Google is one of the most recognizable names in tech, becoming famous initially for its search tech before reinventing itself as an AI firm.

As the company turns 25, it’s a moment to look at its origins, some of its most infamous product cancellations, and consider its lasting legacy.

In this episode, Jane and Rory are joined by ITPro Reviews Editor Bobby Hellard to discuss all things Google.


“It is weird that the company that [we] use to get all our information, and truth, potentially, is so muddled and manipulated itself. It’s kind of strange, but Google has multiple birthdays.”

“Google Glass, I like that you've mentioned that because that can be seen as either a terrible, terrible thing they did or something where they were just too early to it. Because we've now got talk of the metaverse dying away a little bit, but Facebook has got into it with the ProQuest headsets, HoloLens and Microsoft. Google was just very, very far ahead and probably pushed it to the wrong area.”

“It's interesting we brought up Zoom, because it’s basically a video conferencing company trying to be a new Google, trying to add all these crazy new things but it's always just going to be a video conferencing company. It's never going to go any further. Whereas Google had such power with search and such reach and such, you know, money that came in from that it was able to grow so quickly and so big.”



Rory Bathgate
Features and Multimedia Editor

Rory Bathgate is Features and Multimedia Editor at ITPro, overseeing all in-depth content and case studies. He can also be found co-hosting the ITPro Podcast with Jane McCallion, swapping a keyboard for a microphone to discuss the latest learnings with thought leaders from across the tech sector.

In his free time, Rory enjoys photography, video editing, and good science fiction. After graduating from the University of Kent with a BA in English and American Literature, Rory undertook an MA in Eighteenth-Century Studies at King’s College London. He joined ITPro in 2022 as a graduate, following four years in student journalism. You can contact Rory at rory.bathgate@futurenet.com or on LinkedIn.