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They've said it before and now they're saying it again: within the next six months, Microsoft claims "we'll be more relevant than Google." So said Microsoft's Neil Holloway, president for Europe, the Middle East and Africa at a Reuters conference this week, and he's talking specifically about search. The last time Microsoft trumpeted about besting Google at its own game was about a year and a half ago, when the company unveiled an independent MSN Search; of course, the software giant lost badly, as Google currently commands a domineering 50 percent share of search volume, compared with MSN Search's 12 percent.
This move will imply that Google will pass beyond text-based advertising in order to give AOL the possibility to sell graphical ads in Google's network.
eBay is reportedly in talks with both Yahoo and Microsoft on how they can work together to counter the threat from Google.
eBay has good reason to worry, as Mountain View, California-based Google has increasingly been encroaching on its online commerce turf. Last June, for example, Google announced that it was developing a secure online payment system, and in October it began testing Google Base, a free online service for classified ads
eBay is also a large Google customer, with $400 million of its annual online-marketing budget going to Google, according to the WSJ article.
"Microsoft will increase investments in MSN and its other online businesses to $1.6 billion next year as it escalates a battle with Google, its chief executive said Thursday." writes New York Times.
Rumours of Google's potential foray into the world of desktop operating systems continue unabated. Following claims that Google is building an operating system based on Ubuntu by The Register yesterday, screen shots have started appearing on the Web, purportedly of the mythical operating system
How do members of the site feel about whether Google will overtake Microsoft over the next few years, or if the supposed Microsoft-Google-eBay alliance will be able to halt Google's growth and "threat".
Also, do you think Google will continue to develop 'things' at the rapid pace it has been lately?
Do you believe a Google operating system will become reality?
And finally, do you Google as a company with morale?
No, because they are in danger of bloating their company much as Yahoo and Microsoft did during the 90s. There is a reason why GOOG only hires PHD's, they're smart and will not make this mistake. Once their main revenue streams get cemented in thier business model, then all they'll have to do is refine, refine, refine. Exactly the opposite of what MSFT did/does.
Originally posted by ImplementOfWar
How exactly do you expect Google to outgrow Microsoft? Not every person who owns a computer has internet. Not every person who has the internet uses google. On the other hand every person who has a computer has an operating system. Google might obliterate MSN search but I doubt it's going obliterate Microsoft as a whole.
I would say that it is impossible unless Google comes out with GoogleOS. Or Unix becomes REALLY popular.
Originally posted by SilverSurfer
will be intressting to see their OS. would also be very very nice if they did a linux wich would run all the windows applications/games maybe this already exists in Lindows or some other form.. i don't know that much about linux'es.. have never used Linux for anything.. but an OS that would run all the games/apps that most home users would like to run would be welcome competition to MS. From the user perspective of course
Google is preparing its own distribution of Linux for the desktop, in a possible bid to take on Microsoft in its core business - desktop software.
A version of the increasingly popular Ubuntu desktop Linux distribution, based on Debian and the Gnome desktop, it is known internally as 'Goobuntu'.
Originally posted by warpboost
IMO the future is a sort of distributed computing model you will tap into or utility computing like you get electricity. I think the way to go would be to have a terminal hooked up to the internet athtw ould boot the OS from a server online. google has spoke of an OS as well as office apps. I think it would appeal to lots of people to have the OS boot from an online server where Google engineers patch it, optimize for performance, backup all your data etc... Another benefit in my mind is that expensive hardware upgrades would be done on the server side so you would only need a basic dummy terminal that doesnt really have to compute much, yet you could still have a blazingly fast computer.
Originally posted by Chriswok
Personally, can't see Google, or anyone else for that matter, developing an OS that will overtake Microsofts. I'm not saying they'll never be one better in term of performance and realiability, as there's a few out there now, but in terms of accessability and versitilaty.
Microsoft have a niche in this area due to the software used for programs, mainly Direct X, which Microsoft develope and design. This is the main reason you don't see alot of Mac games compared to PC games. So if they were to make an OS, they've have to find a way of using Direct X, which would result in money going to Microsoft in some shape or form.
Software developers generally don't have the time/want to lose money, converting code into a new langauge, which is why Direct X has been used for so many years now, and has even started to be used in the Console wars. So in that sense Microsoft have a get out of jail free card in terms of their Operating System being used by gamers/software users.
Of course I could be wrong about this, but it's just my feeling on the matter.
Originally posted by XphilesPhan
This is the main reason for the popularity of Microsoft's products is because of the universality of them.
[edit on 9-5-2006 by XphilesPhan]
Microsoft are not innovative geniuses, in fact most of their products are rip offs of other companies whose business skills are somewhat not to the level of microsoft.