It seems that nice execution and a good idea aren’t enough – I expressed some concerns at the time of the launch around monetization saying;
As with all thing web 2.0-ish, a good product is just the first part, it’ll be interesting to see how Symantec develop the business model for GoEverywhere.
Well an email today told me that they didn’t in-fact develop the business model. Symantec have announced that;
This innovative project in cloud computing was very successful and provided a number of insights on technical features and usage patterns derived from substantial user feedback. However, the beta program for GoEverywhere will come to a close on June 30, 2009. At that time, the service will no longer be accessible and available for use.
Symantec continues to develop innovative technologies and remains focused on its vision to become the leading provider of cloud-based offerings that secure and manage the world’s information. However, at this time we do not plan to release Symantec GoEverywhere as a standalone service.
Close but no cigar…
Interestingly enough it looks like nothing has happened to the offering in terms of development since March – about the time that funding and staff cuts would have really been kicking in.
I still fundamentally think the web top concept is a good one – time will tell if the marketplace agrees.