Some interesting snippets…
Apparently in response to rumors of what Google will announce at CES, Gates said:
“I hear they’re coming out with a robot that will cook hamburgers, too. Let’s spread that rumor â€” there’s nothing they can’t do.”
Continuing on, Gates said:
“Whatever they announce, they announce. They’re in their honeymoon period, and anything they announce gets hype…. They will obviously branch out beyond internet search, but I think the expectations won’t live up to reality.”
Danny in particular appears to be fed-up with Microsoft trashing Google. He points out a few of Microsoft’s shortcomings in search.
Last February, we finally got the polished version of MSN Search. It didn’t deliver anything better than Google or Yahoo or Ask Jeeves. Now a year after launch, it still doesn’t push past Google, either in terms of relevancy as Microsoft itself admits or in terms of traffic despite a multimillion dollar ad campaign.
How long does the honeymoon last? Because if Google’s getting a long one, Microsoft’s had a long one too.