Microsoft’s CEO, Ballmer: Google Is “Copying” Us

The Seattle Times Newspaper published an interview with Microsoft’s CEO, Steve Ballmer. The interview covered many topics but I wanted to highlight the search specific topics.

Ballmer in the interview said, “They’re [Google] starting to look at the stuff we’re doing and copying it back. What is it? Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.” He outright says Google is copying them. Of course, many would agree.

I also found Ballmer’s comments on what Bing does better than Google. Ballmer said, “our maps are better, our images our better, our picture is different.”

In response to Google’s CEO calling Bing, Google’s biggest competitor, Ballmer said, “We’re his best competitor, and we’re a very good competitor and we’re going to do a very good job..”

Outside of those comments, did you know Ballmer checks his Facebook account and page everyday?

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  • Michael Martinez

    I agree that it looks like Google is copying Bing in some ways, but are they really copying Bing’s ideas or are they just pursuing similar user experience research? It would be interesting to see what Google and Microsoft have to say about proposed changes in software method patents. Are their comments to the government (if they have made any) publicly available?

  • nelsonbclocal

    BING has done their share of directly copying Google. I don’t think Ballmer can be too assertive of what BING has developed yet. They are still just trying to catch up.

    I hope they make a good run at it though. The competition is good.

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