This is an article thats been in draft for a while, and since all it needed was a couple of lines in regard to this weekends activities, I thought Id publish it now.
Its being reported on many sites that over the weekend Steve Ballmer / Microsoft has been in talks with Yahoo. With the conversation presumably involving Google, IMO an excellent example of something non-Microsoft being more popular than any similar offering from the Redmond firm.
According to http://www.guardian.co.uk Ballmer was reported in February to say:
“The fact of the matter is, these two guys [Microsoft and Yahoo] should somehow figure out how to get together and create more competition for this guy [Google]. And I’m hoping perhaps that that’s a reasonable conversation to have with new management at Yahoo as Carol comes onboard.”
Creating competition Microsoft? Is that like how Microsoft uses it patent portfolio? Are you creating competition there or simply stamping on it? TomTom? Novell? your attempts with Redhat?
The “will they, wont they” story has been rumbling on for some time in respect of Microsoft and Yahoo, so that in itself is old news, so whilst Ballmer is talking about “figuring out how to create more competition” it appears on the otherhand Microsoft is quite happy to fling its patent portfolio around.
Apparently Yahoo shares went up as a result of these talks, and who is surprised? I dont think anyone can argue when it comes to financial power Microsoft is one of the world leaders.
Next time someone mentions Microsoft and competition in the same sentence, do a little research and see some examples of Microsoft and its competition ethos in action.
Ballmer (IMO) is conceeding by implication in his statement that Microsoft have lost out to Google to date (a fact that I think the figures already say), it seems that its going to take Microsoft money and purchases to get the better of them, not as the result of a unique Microsoft idea. Fair play Microsoft, if you cant create a more popular product yourself, spend spend spend, you can buy yourself one.
Is there anyone who thinks the household name of “Google” will be replaced anytime soon?
In my opinion its now even been adopted into our vocabulary, “Ill google that” being a term for the word search.
Good luck Microsoft, I think youre going to have to dig deep into your pockets for this one.