Martin40 - 4:25 pm on Jul 18, 2006 (gmt 0) [edited by: Martin40 at 4:25 pm (utc) on July 18, 2006]
Currently, in my country people feel forced by their herd instinct to use Google and they hate Google for it (instead of their instinct). Recently the Google board sold their stock, which suggests that they think Google has reached it's peak.
I recently said that Google's competitors are half-hearted, but actually I was referring to the whole package, including marketing, page lay-out etc and the (lack of) priority that search has to them (i.e. Yahoo/MSN). As for search quality, imo MSN was more than good enough before the summer update, that is, good enough for the avarage user. If MSN would be marketed properly, the're no reason why they couldn't compete with Google, but Google is all-search, MSN is just a subdivision of a software producer.
But at some point some group of people will think, hey, we can do this and find it's far from impossible for a startup to become a successful search engine, look how fast MSN developed the past 1.5 years. Some top geeks and a marketing crew with fresh ideas can do this. Yeah! :-)
[edited by: Martin40 at 4:25 pm (utc) on July 18, 2006]