“…we have a number of PC partners who serve their markets exceedingly well and we see no need to enter this market; we would rather partner with great companies.”
Maybe this quote, and the initial rumor, are indicators of what Google may ultimately have planned for Google Pack. My guess is that Google may aim to encourage its “PC partners” to start offering Google Pack pre-installed on your next computer. Either running alongside typical Microsoft offerings or totally replacing them.
This would make a whole lot more sense than just making a bunch of products available for download. As a download, Google Pack may not be successful – with many computer users preferring to go with the pre-installed software instead. Google could really attack Microsoft by having Google Pack come pre-installed on your next Dell, IBM or HP computer.