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Ian McAllister, a program manager for Microsoft's MSN division, says in a posting that he had a meeting with "some senior players at another Tier 1 internet company" who expressed interest in helping Microsoft compete with Google.
According to the posting, the company, which McAllister declined to name, spoke with Microsoft about the possibility of finding new ways to team with the Redmond, Washington, company to help advance its search and advertising business.
"At the end of the discussion one of the people I was meeting with threw out a blanket offer to brainstorm other ways in which our companies might work together," McAllister writes in the posting.
Overall, though, I do not see what Yahoo would get out of this unless MSN gave up search! Now that would be interesting and would really create some buzz if it came to that. May also catch the attention of anti-trust folks.
If MSN and Yahoo put their search teams together to work on a new, blended algo, it might just be the critical mass of brainpower needed to come up with a true Google Killer engine.
MSN search is still far short of the mark. But people laughed at the first versions of Windows compared to the Mac.
MS is big, powerful, and more patient than people give them credit for. They have a long history of making the moves necessary to dominate markets they go after.
My money is on Barry Diller's InterActive Corp [iac.com]. With their recent acquisition of Ask, a partnership with MSN makes perfect sense.
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Bill should visit IBM . Microsoft's research labs are exactly like IBM's . Both companies employ some of the most brilliant people and those brilliant people come up some great research and developments yet Microsoft doesn't bother to monetize the results and the same happens with IBM.
An example is a program called Wallop that microsoft developed which could wipe the floor with myspace when it was first developed back about three years ago and its still being improved yet they keep it hidden.
Whilst IBM has thousands of patents to its name.
What im saying it these two huge power houses have the knowledge and people to knock google down flat within a few months yet bill doesn't bother. If I was bill gates Id be straight on the phone to Almaden