Microsoft’s Ballmer Calls Google One Hit Wonder, Mocks Management Skills & Criticizes Future Growth

Steve Ballmer, Microsoft's CEO, spoke at Stanford University the other day, calling Google a one-hit wonder, mocking Google's personal time concept and calling their growth expectations "insane." Ballmer questions business strategy of Google from Tech World reports Ballmer saying Google is "really just one business, a search and advertising business" and they are "trying to make it into a second one, that's right and we'll see how they do." He then compares how Microsoft has went from PC software, to server software, to Internet Explorer and even the Xbox. Microsoft CEO Says Google A 'One-T [...]

Former Microsoft Search Chief Bill Bliss On Early Search Missteps

Yesterday I wrote a long piece looking at Microsoft's moves in search since 1997. Bill Bliss, who I described as overseeing Microsoft's "first era" of human-powered search, has added some great comments on missteps within the company ranging from not buying search technology earlier and ignoring the Google threat for so long in part because of MSN's constantly changing management. Bill's emailed me some of this material privately in the past, so I'm glad he had a chance to share his perspective publicly. You can read his full comments below or as part of the original story. Bill's bi [...]

Microsoft’s “Third Era” Of Search Begins With Departure Of Search Chief Christopher Payne

Microsoft's top search executive leaving company from the Seattle PI covers Microsoft's Christopher Payne reportedly leaving the company. The AP also reports similar news from its sources. Payne took over search efforts at Microsoft back in 2003. He oversaw what I'd call Microsoft's "second era" of search, that of developing a crawler-based search engine to take on Google. Below, some history on the second era, plus the company's "first era" of human-powered search and how a reorganization under the direction of Steve Berkowitz marks a new "third era" of battlin [...]

Dissecting Microsoft Slams At Google As Copyright Infringer

Last October, Microsoft's Steve Ballmer gave us a taste of how Microsoft was going to position Google as a copyright leech. Today, Microsoft launched a full-out assault on the company. Google deserves some of this, no doubt. But the idea as Microsoft as some altruistic copyright savior deserves some critical analysis, as well. Below, I'll dissect Microsoft's slams against Google, pointing out where they can be redirected back at Microsoft itself. But overall, I remain in agreement that Google should shift book search to an opt-in basis when dealing with copyrighted works. As noted, last Octobe [...]

Microsoft’s Ozzie Talks Of Google “Wake-Up Call,” Vertical Search Hopes

Ray Ozzie, chief software architect at Microsoft, spoke today about trying to beat Google during a Goldman Sachs investors conference. Various reports cover his comments relating to the Big G, Google, as well as search in general. Among them: Vertical search may be a place to pull ahead of Google selectively, pointing to yesterday's move in getting into health search [I agree] Google's success was a "wake-up call" for Microsoft Search as a "command line" for the internet [as John Battelle has been putting it] but not the only place where people search A reprise of the [...]

Looking At Microsoft’s Continued Long Game In Search

Hooked on Google from the San Jose Mercury News revisits a theme from Microsoft that I've reported to readers over the years. That's how Microsoft's failure to beat Google in search -- despite millions in spending -- gets the "it's early days, give us time" defense from Microsoft. The defense is partially true, but it gets weaker and weaker as the actual years of saying that mount. The Mercury News article comes off Microsoft chairman Bill Gates making his regular appearance at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas last week. Last year, his comments at CES about Google being [...]

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