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Google vs Microsoft Musings [May. 5th, 2005|12:39 pm]
An interesting analysis of the competition between Google and Microsoft. Interesting thoughts about search technology, licensing corporate content, and the decreased relevancy of the OS as Google consistently delivers cross-platform "applications". I also note that MS missed its quarterly earnings estimate this past period for the first time within my memory. Are we turning a corner?

From: chrissawyer
2005-05-05 07:48 pm (UTC)
I would love it if Google started making software, and networking systems. :)

Microsoft would implode.
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From: ex_n
2005-05-05 08:00 pm (UTC)
Ahh, we can but dream Chris ;)
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[User Picture]From: twopiearr
2005-05-05 08:05 pm (UTC)
my guess is that microsoft is going to do a chrysler - never totally broke or irrellevant, but on a slow downward trend from which never to fully recover. Not so much falling as sauntering vaguely downward, to misappropriate a phrase.
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2005-05-05 08:13 pm (UTC)
I would tend to agree. Google cannot truly displace them (unless they start building OSes, which I would not bet on) but they can reduce them to irrelevancy (by producing seamlessly cross-platform software services/applications).
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2005-05-05 09:05 pm (UTC)
yeah, I remember hearing about that at the time. Essentially, they said "IE5 is basically finished. So we won't do anything more with it in the near future." As I understand it, they wanted to divert the manpower into development of the next OS, Longhorn... and we can see how well that's progressing by the repeated delays and feature drops.
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[User Picture]From: kiltbear
2005-05-05 10:54 pm (UTC)
Many of us turned that corner long ago, if you need a map, go to http://snipurl.com/turnthecorner

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[User Picture]From: flint_otter
2005-05-06 12:18 am (UTC)
Wishfull thinking guys..or at least very pre-mature. I do agree with Nico that the article itself was really interesting and provides some real insights into how things are going in the next challenger round to MS.

Missing the quarter I don't think means a thing. MS is in the low point of its cycle with both new versions of XP, Longhorn, and another Office round in the works.

VMware better watch out too though. They are not in the same excellent position as Google with a different business model and MS is gonna eat a decent chunk of their virtualization market using the usual techniques (late entry and adequate but not perfect products)
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