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... (Google) does the best product it can do without being preoccupied about the competition...
This is an excellent point...Google really only competes with itself...always disrupting itself, adding new tools and opportunities to continue to grow its own revenue through acquistions and new technology development...TRUE INNOVATION
Think of it as how Tiger Woods plays golf...Woods does not actually compete with other players...he only competes with himself (the true golf model)...and no one can do it better then he can right now...(same with Google)
find me an easier, cheaper and sure way then...
Marcia said "I don't believe for one minute that it's about search at all. IMHO it's about eyeballs and advertising revenue." Point is, for Google (and M$) they don't have a problem with you or I and SEO - they have a problem reaching the big guys.
Moving into 'suits' area (adwords is all technology), gives them access to cash from coke, proctor and gamble, ... walmart ... the kind of guys that haven't even noticed adwords.
For you and I, it just means we are a smaller part of their empire. But life will go on ;)
And the truth is yahoos search engine results product is good. In fact to many is comparable to googles.
Microsoft has failed to deliver a decent search engine. Proof of this can be seen on these very forums were the msn forum is lost in the other section! I have been tracking lives results quality and it is poor. And does not appear to be making headway.
Microsoft needs to protect its core assets (operating system and office package) from google.
A good way to do so is take the battle to them, which is search. Seems like a good idea to me.
[edited by: OddDog at 11:37 am (utc) on May 8, 2007]