Om first broke the story that Google has bought Writely. So was Google just trying to distract Microsoft that they will develop Open Office ? MS executives also made comments such as OO is 10 years behind MS-office. Hmmm! Smart Strategy Googlers. Writely welcome to NEC 😉
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At the end of 2005, Google had gained significantly over Yahoo & Microsoft. Google had a 48.8%(+5.7%) of search market followed by Yaahoo at 21.4% (-0.3%) and Microsoft’s MSN search had 10.9% (-3.1%). Unfortunately this is not NBC’s “The Biggest Loser” show to be the winner 😉
The deal is not as straight forward as it is reported in the press. Here are some of my thoughts. I don’t expect it to be the same pack for enterprise customers of Dell. NEC members are likely to offer more through GOOG-Dell channel. GOOG has several partners(currently known) in the PACK – Lavasoft, Symantec and Real which give a trial licenses. Once user converts trial into perpetual license, GOOG gets a cut out of it(Greater than 50% as of the time of release of GOOG pack, not sure what it is now). The story doesn’t end here. A dozen engineers(not dropouts) are working on optimizing Star/Open Office which will go into GOOG PACK this year. If this DELL-GOOG pack succeeds, then expect some more partners to queue in front of GooglePlex.
This deal may hurt GOOG’s immediate bottomline which it might compensate from other sources. What GOOG does is always right 😉 except Larry and Sergey selling their own stock 😦
Microsoft quietly announced the progress it has made in search and digital advertising fields by announcing its adCenter. I am still skeptical about Microsoft narrowing the gap significantly with Google in search technology. However, from June-2006, Microsoft’s contract with Yahoo/Overture for advertising on MSN network will expire and MSN will part ways with Yahoo. Also note Microsoft’s fiscal year ends in June.
If Multimedia(Audio, Video, Gaming, et. al) applications are set to rule the web, then looking at today’s announcement from an insider’s perspective, I see terrific potential for the passionate :-P. Microsoft is sitting on a stack of Multimedia Streaming and Advertising patents. NO NO! They don’t mention the patents are for advertising but they do mention embeding URIs in Multimedia. Check out their patent list here.
I am crazy about Tennis and right from my teens have always changed the racket when Andre Agassi did. With Microsoft’s adLabs technology, I don’t have to go on searching which racket is Agassi using now. While watching US Open live, I can shop for it with few clicks. Check out this exclusive presentation. With one click you will enable the embedded URI’s in the image and on second click you are ready to add to cart 🙂 You can shop for your just about anything that you watch. Shop Live, Don’t “SEARCH” ;-). Can you imagine the potential market ?
InternetOutsider, Henry in his blog claims that Microsoft has lost the web war, but do you really think it has ? MSFT might have lost the war on two fronts, Search & Tools. But while Google Talks and settles it’s VoIP patent lawsuit, and then tries to mature it’s flaky Google Video Player, Microsoft with it’s best player would have delivered.
Bill proudly claims that MSFT is all about providing tools, server equals services, etc. But till now I have not seen a single best blogger on Microsoft platform. Almost all of them are on blogs supported by open source technologies. Sure you have your MSN Spaces. Isn’t the web about open standards ? Where is the killer photo sharing web-services ? Sily check out flickr. Oho! I thought their was MSN Photos, apparently not 😦
Is Bill watching the companies and partnerships that Yahoo has been doing ? It would be interesting to see Ballmer’s reaction 😉
As I was reading Henry Blodget’s post on the Google’s bear, someone said that Henry just copied this from FuckedGoogle.com. For the stock to hit $100, their earnings should fall back to $0.50, which doesn’t seem to be possible. However, technically speaking a correction in the stock is long overdue and should happen anytime soon.
Allright, as said earlier, I am still very concerned by the huge amount of stocks, GOOG insiders are liquidating, this is abnormally high. GOOG has 1/10th the number of employees and 1/8th the revenues of Microsoft but Googlers including Larry and Sergey have liquidated $4.3 billion in stocks in 2005 compared to $2.2 billion by Microsofties. The least liquidation comes from Steve Ballmer, CEO of Microsoft. Check out FuckedGoogle.com for other pranks by Google.
Google Earth team delivered their magnificant product for PCs by officially removing the Beta tag. I am yet to download the released version and “Rant” about the changes(if any). For all the Mac lovers, this is an exciting news coinciding with the MacWorld expo @ SFO as they can now get Google Earth Mac (beta). Congratulations to Googlers @ the Earth team. Hope you deliver Mac baby out of beta soon!