Danny and Gary manage to cover much the same topic via two separate posts.
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.