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Re: [Full-disclosure] [Fwd: MM - #$% Kill Google!]
From: Micheal Espinola Jr (michealespinolagmail.com)
Date: Thu Sep 08 2005 - 15:41:34 CDT
Yea, because no one likes or uses thier products. Booo000o!
On 9/8/05, Jason Coombs <jasoncscience.org> wrote:
> When will somebody get around to the important job of killing Microsoft?
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> Subject: MM - +ACMAJAAlAEA- Kill Google!
> Date: Thu, 8 Sep 2005 18:58:17 UT
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> +ACMAJAAlAEA- Kill Google!
> /September 8, 2005
> /An intriguing but eventually vicious three-way battle is emerging
> between Microsoft, Yahoo! and Google for net supremacy. How each is
> dealing with the competitive threat says a lot about their individual
> company culture, management and DNA. (If you're wondering why I didn't
> include AOL, it's because their business seems to be moving in the wrong
> direction, rapidly atrophying with nearly 900,000 fewer subscribers last
> Microsoft has recently made a concerted effort to hire even-keeled,
> friendly liaisons within the community, giving them the authority to
> speak for the company and the authorization to pay off those that might
> speak negatively of Microsoft. Behind the scenes, however, it's still
> the same team running the show - management that has been twice
> convicted of illegal actions against competitors, and that sports a
> stunning lack of ethical boundaries. Recent court documents from a fresh
> legal battle over an employee jumping ship to Google report Microsoft
> CEO Steve Ballmer throwing chairs and screaming many unprintable words,
> capped off with, +IDM-I'm going to +ACUAJAAjAEA- kill Google!+IDM-
> The only way Microsoft knows how to operate is with an enemy in their
> crosshairs. A few years back, Linspire (then Lindows) was the recipient
> of Ballmer's profanity-laden tirades. But Microsoft's attention has
> since been somewhat diverted from the ambiguous threat of Linux - which
> doesn't present a singular target - to Google, whose O's make convenient
> bull's eyes.
> Look for Microsoft to employ the same approach they have used
> historically to fight competitors. First they will use technology
> barriers within new versions of their operating system to dramatically
> favor their own products and discredit competitors. With previous
> competitor DR DOS, they embedded intentional incompatibilities, spurious
> error messages and bogus issues of compatibility
> With Netscape, they deeply embedded their own products and falsely
> claimed they could not be removed. Expect much of the same with Vista,
> their newest OS.
> In addition, look for exclusionary contracts that preclude computer
> manufacturers from pre-installing links and software from Yahoo! and
> Google on PCs they sell. With the same unethical management in place, a
> legal process that takes years to litigate, and inevitable legal
> penalties only representing a tiny fraction of profits, you'd be crazy
> not to expect Microsoft to extend the same behavior you've seen over the
> last two decades into the next.
> +ACo-Yahoo!: +ACo-
> Boxed in by the brainiacs at Google and the massive distribution and
> questionable ethics of Microsoft, Yahoo! would seem to be at a slight
> disadvantage in the net supremacy game. However, Yahoo!'s management has
> matured at a remarkable rate and has an acute awareness of the behemoths
> they must operate against.
> Yahoo! has taken a unique strategy to track movements of competitors.
> Employees are asked to submit tidbits of information they hear to
> management, and the company coalesces these nuggets of knowledge into a
> more comprehensive documents, which are then circulated more widely to
> help employees understand possible moves Microsoft and Google might
> make. Because they are often competing for the same talent, working with
> same suppliers, and receiving visits from the same companies, this
> diligence+IDM- is remarkably accurate. Yahoo! often takes meetings with
> companies they have no interest in doing business with just to scrape
> them for data about the industry and what Google or Microsoft might be
> up to. It's rare when Yahoo! isn't aware well in advance of moves made
> by Microsoft, or especially those made by their Bay Area neighbor Google.
> Just knowing where your competitors are going isn't enough, of course:
> you still need to compete. Yahoo! is combining Internet-based services
> and media like nobody else. (Watch for an amazing rich web interface for
> Yahoo! mail that has Silicon Valley buzzing.) They've even rented the
> massive MGM office in Los Angeles, which gives them several hundred
> thousand square feet of office space to house executives moving down the
> coast to be close to Hollywood.
> +ACo-Google: +ACo-
> The youngest company of the bunch lacks the ferocity of Microsoft and
> the process of Yahoo!, but is maturing quickly. Astonishingly, three
> years ago some at Google believed Microsoft wouldn't be interested in
> their business. That naivet+AOk- was undoubtedly erased when Microsoft
> announced intentions to directly compete with their MSN search engine.
> Google is much more focused on continuing to innovate rather than
> religiously tracking Yahoo! and Microsoft and countering their moves.
> They do have an internal +IDM-industry+IDM- mailing list where noteworthy
> articles are distributed internally, but nothing as formal as Yahoo! or
> Microsoft has. Screenshots of the early versions of Vista were
> circulated on this list, heightening the awareness of the power
> Microsoft has to impede Google on the desktop.
> What Google has done is open a local office right in Microsoft's
> backyard of Kirkland, Washington, to recruit talent. To date, they have
> convinced more than 100 employees to leave Microsoft and jump to Google,
> and virtually none have migrated in the other direction. Microsoft is
> fighting back and sued Google over one of those recruits. It is that
> lawsuit that revealed Ballmer's tantrum towards Google.
> It's impossible to predict who will ultimately prevail in the battle for
> the net. You can expect some nasty-but-effective tactics from Microsoft
> (with legal apologies and payouts years in the future). I expect Yahoo!
> to continue to forge media relations, which they will then leverage to
> build some exclusive products and services to offer their subscribers.
> And from Google, look for loads of experimentation and innovation in a
> wide range of areas seeking that next major profitable opportunity
> beyond the search engine.
> -- Michael
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