Google has many excellent, free applications and services for Mac. I rely on many of them literally almost every single day I use my Mac, both at home and at work. Some of the apps are desktop-based (you download and install them on your Mac’s hard drive), while others are browser based (you run them via a web browser while connected to the web).

From Google’s Mac page, you can download Google Toolbar for Firefox, Picasa for Mac, Google Earth, SketchUp, Picasa Web Albums Uploader, Notifier for the Mac, AdWords Editor, and the Google Quick Search Box. Visit Google’s Mac page by clicking here. Note that the Google search bar at the top the page limits results to Mac Sites—which can be useful when looking for Mac-specific information.

A notable absence is Google’s new Chrome web browser. Chrome is currently only available for Windows, though a Mac version should be out this autumn.

Through a web browser, Mac users have access to nearly all of Google’s free web services, which include Gmail, Google Calendar, Reader, Sites, iGoogle, Blogger, Google Talk, Finance, Book Search, Groups, Knol, Video, Search History, Google Analytics, AdWords, and many more titles. Click here to see these.

Google has a Mac-centric blog which often features interesting Mac-related news, tools, and ideas. Click here to see this.

Click here for a link to Google Mobile, which features software and services for mobile phones, including the iPhone and iPod touch.

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