My friend and colleague Raphael texted me this a few minutes ago, “Google + skybox makes too much sense.” and I absolutely agree with him.
In some cases acquisitions can be hard to predict or understand. But ever since I became aware of Skybox, it had Google written all over it. In fact, I thought that Skybox might be a Google product when I first saw it.
I’ve never been part of an acquisition but it would seem that acquisitions that make too much sense (are obvious) make it easier for everyone involved.
I don’t think that the Skybox team has any doubts about what the future of what they’ll be working on is. In fact it’s exactly what they’re working on now, but perhaps at a different scale and for a different audience.
There’s no question about what the future of Skybox and Google means for Skybox, Google, or even consumers. We all expect that in a few years Skybox will power Google Maps, offering the most robust and up to date map data anyone has ever seen. Oh, and we’ll also expect that with Skybox (and other Google projects) internet access will be available everywhere at quality speeds. It all just makes too much sense.