Pender's Blog

Blog archive

Microsoft-Google Slugfest Continues

Another week, another set of stories on Microsoft and Google. This week, Microsoft threw another jab at its dominant search rival with the purchase of Jellyfish, an online shopping company of some sort. Really, we just like this story because it contains the following direct quote:

"We purchased Jellyfish.com," Microsoft search and advertising platform group vice president Alex Gounares said in a written reply to an AFP inquiry.

Wow, AFP, thanks for keeping things in perspective for us! We might never have understood what was happening if you hadn't quoted Gounares directly. Anyway, the more interesting story about the industry's hottest rivalry concerns Microsoft backing off of its antitrust stance regarding the Google-DoubleClick deal. Again, we quote from the story linked, this time from Reuters:

"The question is not for Microsoft to have specific views (on this deal)...As in all markets, it is for the regulator to see if the competition is right," Jean-Philippe Courtois, head of Microsoft International, told journalists in Paris.

Last week, Brad Smith, Microsoft's general counsel, said Google's deal would make the Web search company "the overwhelmingly dominant pipeline for all forms of advertising" and it would be "bad for consumers."

Well, never mind, then! Perhaps Microsoft has decided to keep its mouth shut on antitrust issues given last month's unfavorable ruling from a European Court. Or maybe Courtois was just being courteous -- which, if we remember correctly, is what his name means in French.

On the Google side of the fight, the new princes of Silicon Valley are beefing up their corporate e-mail offering. The fight goes on.

Posted by Lee Pender on 10/04/2007 at 1:21 PM


Featured

  • Surface and ARM: Why Microsoft Shouldn't Follow Apple's Lead and Dump Intel

    Microsoft's current Surface flagship, the Surface Pro X, already runs on ARM. But as the ill-fated Surface RT showed, going all-in on ARM never did Microsoft many favors.

  • IT Security Isn't Supposed To Be Easy

    Joey explains why it's worth it to endure a little inconvenience for the long-term benefits of a password manager and multifactor authentication.

  • Microsoft Makes It Easier To Self-Provision PCs via Windows Autopilot When VPNs Are Used

    Microsoft announced this week that the Windows Autopilot service used with Microsoft Intune now supports enrolling devices, even in cases where virtual private networks (VPNs) might get in the way.

  • Most Microsoft Retail Locations To Shut Down

    Microsoft is pivoting its retail operations to focus more on online sales, a plan that would mean the closing of most physical Microsoft Store locations.

comments powered by Disqus

Office 365 Watch

Sign up for our newsletter.

Terms and Privacy Policy consent

I agree to this site's Privacy Policy.