Sorry for delaying so much between my last post and this one! Believe me, i had been really busy.
 
I beg you all that before reading this article, just read the last one I posted.
 
This article is from Jim Stroud –
 
You can’t escape the comparisons.
You can’t escape the rumors and speculation.
You can’t dodge it in the halls at Redmond, nor in the airport while waiting for a plane.

Google is doing this, that, and the other thing.
Where is Microsoft? How are they responding? Are they nervous? Are they scared?
Or…maybe…(gasp!) Microsoft is dead (insert dramatic music here).

For those who have bought into the propaganda program that Microsoft is yesterday’s company, please, please, please allow me to offer you this simple reality check.  Here are a few quotes from diverse sources to consider (just in-case you think I am only “drinking the kool-aid”).

Why Google IS Afraid of Microsoft, Big Time

HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE ARTICLE:

Microsoft pummels Google in the “In-Game Advertsing” space.  How?  Google buys a small San-Fran company to meet the challenge.  Microsoft buys the world-leader in the industry for In-game advertising.

Microsoft delivers a solid uppercut in Voice-activated local directory assistance.  How?  Google announces an experimental service that may not be available at all times and may not work for all users. (Cute)  Microsoft acquires TellMe Networks.  Heard of them?  Most likely, you’ve been using them for the longest time.  Almost half of all directory assistance calls are processed on TellMe’s voice platform, and roughly one in three Americans use Tellme every year to get things done.

Assertion that Microsoft’s ‘Dead’ Doesn’t Compute

QUOTES FROM THE ARTICLE:

“When a software runs more than 90% of the desktops on the planet — and will for the foreseeable future — it’s simply not dead.”
“Windows runs on the vast majority of desktops in the world; Linux and OSX make up less than 10% combined”
(Microsoft) “…earned $12.6 billion after taxes in its last fiscal year”

Who is the true innovator?

Sure Google releases lots of freebies to the masses, but let’s look at what Uncle Sam has to say, shall we? The US Patent Office issues a report for every calendar year on the leading companies that have filed new inventions. Guess who was #12 on the list for 2006? Guess who was #18 on the list in 2005? Go ahead guess… Okay, I’ll tell you – Microsoft. Now, guess who will be on the list next year, quite possibly higher than #12 and who (most likely) will not be. Go ahead, I’ll wait for your answer.
 
I understand that several of Google’s original team will be vesting their stock soon and (presumably) heading for greener pastures. I don’t blame them! But follow this link to get an idea of what some of our retirees are doing. Just a thought…

So is Google a real competitor to Microsoft? Sure they are, no doubt, but so is that garage startup down the street.  And I doubt either of them will put us out of business.

Your thoughts?

– Akshaya (ex-Googler)

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