.... who basically bought a product called 86-DOS (or QDOS - Quick & Dirty Operating System) from the company that developed it 24 years ago - and then basically renamed it MS-DOS (Microsoft Disk Operating System) and licenced it to IBM. Broke the CP/M stranglehold.
Interesting analogy - especially as MS has just licenced other people's search technology for the last 5.5 years - rather than develop any Search Engine stuff inhouse.
My point was that Google was 3 people in a Garage in Sept 1998 when Microsoft launched Inktomi powered MS Internet Search (and Microsoft turned over near $20 Billion that fiscal). So why isn't Microsoft already winning?
When (if?) the 'sizzle' dies down - and MS Search isn't powered by press releases - and its a 'real' product - then we can decide whether its any good. And that might be next year - or the year after - or never.
Meantime - I won't change my default Search Engine just yet.....