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Google best watch what it sows

Today, it is Google in court trying to persuade the government to punish Microsoft.  It is only a matter of time before Google is sitting in Microsoft’s position, defending its actions in the marketplace for something like online advertising from the also-rans (Yahoo in 5 years?).  I certainly feel no sympathy for Google.  Stop complaining and sniping with pansy lawyers and go out there and whoop Microsoft’s ass by out-competing them every way you can.

June 27, 2007 Posted by | Google, Microsoft | Leave a comment

Windows Live Folders (beta) info

LiveSide.net has the scoop on Windows Live Folders beta. Check out his review and screenshots of this online storage service.



While Windows Live Folders appears to be a very basic service at the moment, that will surely change of the coming months, especially if a client is forthcoming. Performance and usability is probably the highest we’ve seen for any Windows Live beta, so the future definitely looks good.

May 15, 2007 Posted by | Microsoft | Leave a comment

Yahoo Mail offers unlimited storage. Will Hotmail and Gmail follow?

John Kramer over at Yahoo Yodel:

As promised, we’ve started to roll out unlimited email storage to Yahoo! Mail users worldwide today. When it hits your account, you’ll notice the storage meter has disappeared — meaning, you just don’t have to worry about deleting old messages ever again!

May 15, 2007 Posted by | Google, Microsoft, Yahoo | 1 Comment

And now…if Microsoft can’t beat them, can they buy them? Mega-merger on the horizon?

A few days ago, I asked If Yahoo can’t beat them, can they buy them? I forgot about the 800 lb gorilla. Now Microsoft is sounding desperate to acquire Yahoo. I’m trying to figure out how this might be a good thing.

Internet Outsider is praying to the internet gods that this does not work out. If it does work, he says they better spin off MSN/Yahoo asap.

With all due respect to the amazing talent and resources at Microsoft, no company can do everything. Microsoft is now so massive and broad that it is competing with IBM and Oracle on one end, and Sony, Apple, Google, and Yahoo on the other. All of these businesses are complex and tough, and focus is a major advantage.

In the past 12 years, despite its enormous talent, power, and desktop/browser monopoly, Microsoft has done no better than become an Internet also-ran. Why? In part because of internal politics: In Redmond, the Internet business will always be second-fiddle to the Windows/Office cash machine. In part because of talent: Why would the best Internet talent want to work in a small division of a massive company, kowtow to Windows/Office kingpins, and get paid in stagnant Microsoft options, when he or she could become a billionaire at the next Google? In part because few, if any, dominant industry leaders in one technology wave have also dominated the next one.

Charlene Li on why the deal makes sense and why it won’t work

John Battelle doesn’t think it makes sense.

Om Malik calls it a “bad idea.”

Eric Berlin says the internet overlords are playing chess.

Waching CNBC right now and they certainly think it makes sense. General consensus is that Microsoft can sell advertising and Yahoo can bring traffic.

May 4, 2007 Posted by | Microsoft, Yahoo | Leave a comment

Microsoft opening up Live.com APIs for expanded use

Windows Live Dev News:

Microsoft is enabling access to a broad set of Windows Live Platform services with a single, easy-to-understand pricing model based on the number of unique users (UUs) accessing your site or Web application. These terms are intended to remove costs associated with many Web applications and provide predictable costs for larger Web applications. There are some exceptions to the UU-based model: (1) Search: free up to 750,000 search queries/month, (2) Virtual Earth: free up to 3 million map tiles/month; and (3) Silverlighttm Streaming: free up to 4GB storage and unlimited outbound streaming, and no limit on the number of users that can view those streams. Beyond these limits websites and users will be required to conclude commercial arrangements for these services with Microsoft.

May 2, 2007 Posted by | Microsoft | Leave a comment

Microsoft says “Don’t forget about us” – eyes buyout of 24/7 Real Media

In the wake of Yahoo and Google both dealing, Microsoft is telling the world, “don’t forget about little old us.” Market Watch is reporting MSFT is offering a billion dollars for 24/7 Real Media Inc. Not too shabby.

Previously, we asked if MSFT could keep up with Google.  This certainly makes it look like they are trying (though I doubt it will work).

One funny thing to note. On 24/7’s homepage, they take up 60% of the screen real estate ominously asking the reader “Google to Acquire Double Click – Good for them. Good for you?” Clicking the link strangely only brings you to a contact form.

24/7 Real Media

From a publishers perspective, my experience with 24/7 Real Media is that I have always viewed them as a sub-par company. Advertising.com (now owned by AOL), Tribal Fusion, Burst Media and even Google Adsense have all been superior revenue drivers for me. 24/7 was never able to deliver these results and hence I stopped dealing with them over a year ago.


Danny Sullivan
is all over this report:

Yahoo said it would acquire an ad network yesterday, in reaction to Google’s plans to expand its own ad network by acquiring DoubleClick. Now in One Giant Leap, the New York Post reports rumors that Microsoft might want to buy ad management company 24/7 Real Media.

May 1, 2007 Posted by | Advertising, Google, Microsoft, Yahoo | Leave a comment

More on the Microsoft Exodus

Not that this latest has anything to do with Microsoft Live.com, but it does appear to be indicative of possible larger structural problems hampering MSFT.

Robert Scoble at Scobleizer gets an inside scoop:

“I just got a press release that Tjeerd Hoek, director or user experience design for Microsoft Windows, is now executive creative director of software and hardware convergence at Frog Design.

Tjeerd was well liked and well respected inside Microsoft.

Microsoft is seemingly in the middle of a full-bore executive cleanout. I’ve seen tons of executives leave, particularly in the MSN/Live division that’s struggling to compete with Google. Nearly every executive I knew inside that division is now gone.”

Don’t feel bad for them though. Forbes reports “Analysts are expecting the software maker to say fiscal third-quarter earnings rose 43 percent to 46 cents per share, on a 27 percent revenue rise to $13.89 billion.” Not everything is going wrong in Redmond.

April 27, 2007 Posted by | Microsoft | Leave a comment

Can Microsoft catch up to Google’s advertising dominance?

From Entrepreneur Watch:

“Google isn’t just trying to mimic Microsoft’s products, it’s trying to create new types of products. There’s a classic opening. The internet allows you to create social applications, opening up a new market. And existing applications are too expensive, giving an opening to a company that knows how to make money off free applications.

No, Microsoft is trying to take on Google in advertising, in search, and in the new breed of social applications. It’s Microsoft playing catch-up all the way. In that respect, Gartner is right.

The behavior of both companies is telling. While neither company admits they are trying to compete directly with the other, Microsoft acts like it is. Its PR department takes every opportunity to bad-mouth Google to the press, off the record. It offers tips on how Google is evil and how it is doing things wrong.”

If the flight of top search execs is any indication, team Redmond isn’t even close.  The ZD Net article Richard Brandt links to states that MS is prepared to spend 2 billion dollars to try to do that what Google does best.  Yahoo has spent a lot more than that over the years and look at what they’ve created.  Every small business has to be pulling for Microsoft to create a legitimate competitor to Google in this space but most people likely aren’t holding their breath.

April 26, 2007 Posted by | Google, Microsoft | Leave a comment

Microsoft Live Search is horrible, and oh, another exec jumps ship

ZD Net is reporting that:

On April 24, Microsoft announced internally that Dane Glasgow, general manager for Live Search, is leaving the company to work for various nonprofits and spend more time with his family.

Glasgow was one of the handful of direct reports of Satya Nadella, Microsoft’s newly appointed search chief, who is heading up Microsoft’s combined search and ad platform unit. Glasgow helped Microsoft launch Windows Desktop Search and has been part of the team behind the first wave of Windows Live services.

(Nadella replaced Chris Payne, the former head of search who left Microsoft at the end of March.)

MSN Search is basically irrelevant at this point, which is a crying shame. Google needs a legitimate competitor besides Yahoo, particularly to push the envelope on adwords and contexualized search advertising. If they can’t even put out a legitimate search result, they can not attract a meaningful audience.

Microsoft has a history of copying other good ideas, usually poorly at first, though over time the product is improved to the point of superiority. In terms of search, they are not gaining an ounce of ground, and from the looks of the executives dropping like dead fleas, they aren’t even close to becoming meaningful any time soon. Shame…

April 26, 2007 Posted by | Microsoft | Leave a comment

PC World asks: Does Google deserve all that traffic, or is it living off its reputation?

The verdict: Yes, Google is still the best, but has competition chomping at its heels

PC World:

Does Google deserve all that traffic, or is it living off its reputation? Are people using it because they’re not aware of other, potentially better search engines? To find out, we pitted Google against its big-name competitors, Yahoo and Microsoft Live Search, as well as against smaller challengers such as AlltheWeb, AltaVista, and Ask.com–plus a couple dozen of the specialty search services, including Blogdigger, Picsearch, and TubeSurf.

Our verdict? Google is indeed the best search engine, even though two other services topped it–barely–in our text-search tests. Google’s index proved to be the most accurate, comprehensive, and timely of the bunch. It also bested the majority of the specialty-search sites we tried, meaning those that focus on a category or file type, such as videos, images, news, blogs, or local info delivered on a mobile phone.

April 25, 2007 Posted by | AlltheWeb, Altavista, Ask.com, Blogdigger, Google, Microsoft, Picsearch, TubeSurf | Leave a comment