In 2010 Oracle sued Google over patent infringement regarding the use of 37 Java APIs (Application Programming Interfaces) when it developed the Android OS for smartphones. The latest of three lawsuits – following the original 2010 case and the 2012 appeal – just ended in favor of Google. Software developers, enterprise customers, users, and industry participants can all breathe a sigh of relief. Assuming this verdict sticks it will reinforce current business practices around APIs, and in the process help the API-fueled growth of startups and others developing APIs for new business and consumer applications to continue.
In recent months Google has demonstrated its determination to compete with AWS and Azure for leadership in the public cloud infrastructure space for the enterprise. It took them a while to get serious about this, but in late 2015 they brought in Diane Greene, founder of VMware and an acknowledged heavyweight in enterprise computing, and since then have lured some prestige customers from AWS and other cloud service providers. Is there still time for Google to pull it off, or are they too late to put Microsoft and Amazon on the defensive? Guest columnist Hakan Jakobsson presents some strong arguments against Google’s chances of success.