Google - the next Java service platform?
In the past few months we have seen several names in the Java space moving to Google and I don't think they are going to be working on search technologies alone. Given some of the names, such as Joshua Block, Neal Gafter, Cedric Beust, and Adam Bosworth among others, I would guess that Google is doing some research or exploration into service platforms.
It may be an online-hosted platform? That is, it may be something along the lines of providing an environment to run all of your critical services. Or it could be developing the software that would make it easy for people to deploy and manage software that requires mission critical infrastructure. If you have great cluster technology and your software can scale to millions of users like Google, there maybe some lesson that you could use to develop and package solutions on that space. In addition, some of the people I mentioned above could be working on a new dev environment, programming model, and/or a compiler for this service platform.
Whatever it ends up being it seems that Java will be in the picture. I am very curious to see what will come out.