Speaking at the Goldman Sachs Technology Investment Symposium, Microsoft’s Chief Strategy Officer Craig Mundie made the perhaps technically correct but strange remark that Google’s business was essentially derivative of Microsoft’s success. “If we didn’t succeed at the PC, they wouldn’t have a business,” Mundie is quoted as saying.
Yet Microsoft didn’t invent the PC, nor does the company offer its only operating system.
During the talk, Mundie made a range of claims and assertions about Microsoft’s flexibility, adaptability, and resources. He said that its “software plus services” model, regardless of whether the Yahoo acquisition is successful, would eventually allow the company to catch and surpass Google’s Web-only business.
He also boasted that Microsoft had a big lead on Google in mobile via Windows Mobile.