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Re: Should Microsoft Fear Google's Future?

__/ [Roy Culley] on Monday 12 December 2005 01:44 \__

>     What possible rivalry could there be between two companies, out of
>     which one has been founded over 30 years ago and is running the
>     global software show, while the other is just seven years old and
>     has the purpose to help users search the dense jungle of today's
>     Internet?  If we were talking about any other companies, I would
>     have advised you to bet on the first one, but when we're talking
>     about Microsoft and Google, no rules apply.
>     Through what miracle has a company that's been around for just
>     seven years has managed to turn itself into a threatening and
>     dangerous presence for the giant from Redmond?
>     ...
>     However, slowly, but surely, with just a handful of Linux servers
>     placed in the right places, with some search algorithms which
>     nobody can really understand and which are still giving headaches
>     to the experts from the rival companies and with a few commercials
>     well placed in the educational breaks, Google has managed to take
>     this child into the world and make it a lot friendlier. And the
>     result is represented by the few billion dollars accumulated in
>     the company's bank accounts, which have become a real threat for
>     Microsoft, whose favorite child, the PC, hasn't been able to keep
>     up the pace with the Internet.

Also see the following:


    "The nightmare is inching closer to reality and Microsoft execs are
apparently paying attention to the decade-old alert. As part of a management
shuffle, Microsoft said Tuesday it would make hosted services a more
strategic part of the company and fold its MSN Web portal business into its
platform product development group, where Windows is developed.

    Another memo, called 'Google?The Winner Takes All (And Not Just Search),'
is also making the rounds. This internal memo, written in 2005, argues that
Google threatens Microsoft and the company?s crown jewel, Windows."


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