Slashdot: Gates on Google

Formerly just a techie post on the Miniblog. Here’s what the Gates on Google points out, and about a probable Netscape war again:

Gates: “There’s companies that are just so cool that you just can’t even deal with it,” he says sarcastically, suggesting that Google is nothing more than the latest fad, adding, “At least they know to wear black.

Google is young indeed, but for a several years-old company, it has surpassed being just like any other dotcom, moreso, being just a fad. No other web entity has embedded itself so much on each individual’s everyday internet behavior. I definitely am not proud to belong to the MS-basher crowd, but I’m not seeing anything to make myself choose the opposite opinion.

Oh, did anyone notice the statement was grammatically incorrect?

Indeed, four years have passed since Microsoft released a piece of software that generated the kind of buzz Google seems to generate every month.

So many simple, useful Google products that: will ask you if you want it installed (instead of requiring you to install it, since its a Microsoft product, anyway) and comes in small manageable sizes (when was the last time you heard of bloatware?). Don’t get me started with the significance of the Microsoft Anti-spyware utility (which I use) to provide security to every Windows machine. The company bought the product (from Giant). They did not develop it.

In fall 2003, Microsoft briefly considered buying Google, only to realize that even if Brin, Page, and their board could have been persuaded to sell–which seemed unlikely–Microsoft would have been left to explain to the world why it was now running a search engine built entirely on Linux instead of Windows.

😆 See, Microsoft has ceased to be innovators, unlike companies like Google and Apple. Instead of healthy competition, looks like their catch-all resolution is to conclude with a buyout.

I’ve seen Microsoft employees binge out on macaroni and cheese, but Google workers just got to have their free gourmet lunch.


As a former outsourced IT worker who provided customer tech support for a couple of Microsoft products, the training and product knowledge I received from Microsoft themselves were somehow rudimentary. Even from the ranks, I’ve sensed some unproductive, fractured vibes regarding Microsoft, and its products and services. The weakest points that Microsoft still insists on would include mandatory Windows integration, software upgrades, technical support, and weeding out software bugs. Even such minute but significant details, such as a staunch customer reaction to changing the software UI for a certain application to make it more Microsoft-product like, vis-a-vis the older user-friendly UI (developed by, whoa, another company they bought), keep falling on deaf ears.

Read the Slashdot article here. The discussion is worth reading, too.

Read the originating Fortune article here.

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