One of the more interesting subplots of Google’s acquisition of Writely is the Microsoft technology it’s built on. Writely, judging from the URLs, is an ASP.Net application. And while I’ve been hearing a fair number of folks talking about ASP.Net, a point the O’Reilly folks recently validated, the technology is clearly not aligned with Google’s Linux investments.
The question then, as Dan Ciruli asked in the comments to my piece above, is what will Google do? Port the technology? Host it off of their own .NET infrastructure? Rent hosting from .NET infrastructure provider? My answer was, I have no idea whatsoever.
But what if Google instead had decided to forgo porting entirely, and chose to run the application off of the open source Mono stack? Sounds crazy, perhaps, but it’s not impossible. Their Summer of Code program actually contributed resources to the Mono project, so there is some history there. And just yesterday, I ran across this link in Zac’s blog to a video of a talk given to Google by the creator’s of the popular Second Life game. One of the subjects, about 16 minutes in? How Second Life is cutting over from .NET to Mono.
Pure speculation here, but interesting nonetheless.