Thursday, October 06, 2005

Google declares war on Microsoft

The Courier-Mail: Google declares war on Microsoft

Great, just what I need. Targeted advertising when I'm working on a spreadsheet. I expect to see lots of keyword advertising like "A1 Auto Sales", "B4 UG0, Get a new mortgage" or "X10 Spy Camera".

Of course, Adobe is going to need all the help they can get.

Strange that I can't actually find a credible source that confirms this yet. The press release from Sun didn't really address the issue. Could this be a case of editorial wishful thinking?


  1. I think you're right... there's a discrepancy in facts between what Sun says and what the reporting says they said:,5936,16826120%255E3122,00.html

    Weblogs played up the "browser Office" story over the weekend, but they never cited their sources so it's hard to tell where the error occurred. Might have been just a blogosphere fantasy, or it might have been a leak "buzz" campaign which got derailed in last-minute negotiations... hard to tell because of the lack of transparency among the storytellers.

    That "A Declares War on B!" headline is sure an attention-grabber though, eh...? ;-)

  2. Another thing that concerns me about this approach is that moving some parts of an application from having a performance bottleneck at the internal bus of the workstation to having a bottleneck at the internet seems to be a quantum leap backward in capability. There is going to have to be some serious re-thinking of how these apps work to get the kind of performance we are used to.