Tuesday, July 31, 2007 at 5:08 PM
Today we're pulling the wraps off Google Finance Canada, a localized version of Google Finance tailored for Canadian investors. One of our top requests has been for localized market information, presented of course in a useful and accessible format. We think Google Finance Canada addresses this by presenting top news and company news from Canadian sources, economic data from the Bank of Canada, multi-currency portfolios, and Canadian equity and mutual fund data. The main Google.com search experience has also been improved with Canadian stock onebox results. But speaking as a Canadian, my favourite feature is the company search that prioritizes Canadian companies (no more typing in Canadian exchange prefixes!).
What makes this release extra-special for us is the fact that it was put together by a distributed team of full-time and 20-percent-time engineers. (All the Google engineers may devote 20 percent of his or her work time towards a project of their own choosing.) We're grateful to have had the contributions of 20-percent engineers from our Hyderabad, Kirkland, Montreal, Mountain View, and New York offices to make this launch possible.