Sorry, YOUR words, I said nothing about MS + Amazon, that was you, don't confuse who said what.
If MSN + AOL had happened I think the justice dept. might've stepped in as there wouldn't be much competition left in that area, and Google was probably suckered into spending way too much for a deal they probably could've gotten a lot cheaper IMO, but that's just business and AOL has been hurting for a while so good for them.
Besides, all this twisting and contorting of what I said still doesn't change my original premise in that MS controls the OS on the commodity box everyone buys, and the more they link in their own brand, the less fair that is to everyone.
Don't get me wrong, when MS was just an OS and computer languages provider I was a HUGE supporter of MS vs Borland and their second rate compilers, just because they hands down had the better product.
However, my views of MS changed drastically when I watched them devour Stac Electronics, makers of Stacker, back in 1993 when they openly defied Stac's patents and included DoubleSpace in DOS 6.0. MS lost the lawsuit, paid Stac some crappy settlement, but by then it was too late, Stac's market was damaged [ie DESTROYED] and the company was never able to recover.
I've been watching them do this type of thing over and over ever since.
You can't compare Google, which is outside the box, to MS which is inside the box as Stacker vs DoubleSpace is prime example of how much damage being INSIDE the box can cause a company.
Yup, no harm, no foul, nice company.
Not that I'm saying Google's a saint, but Google isn't in your box when you get it, not by default anyway. MS is hell bent on making MSN a commodity, therefore making Google irrelevant, and a possible acquisition of Yahoo to consolidate Yahoo/MSN is one of the best possible scenarios to make that happen.
If I have to choose, I'll pick what I consider the lesser of 2 evils at this moment, which is Google.
Ask me next year if I still think they're lesser.