He voiced concerns that Microsoft may use illegal tactics to give its own search engine preferential treatment in an upcoming release of its Windows Vista operating system for computers. He then recalled Microsoft’s past legal battle with the now-defunct Netscape Communications Corp. over Internet browsers in which Microsoft was found by a federal court to have abused its power.
“We certainly see a history with that particular company, Microsoft, behaving anti-competitively, being a convicted monopoly,” Brin said. He then talked about Google taking preemptive action against any future abuse by Microsoft, including lobbying the Justice Department.
While seeing these new products from Google, initially caused some excitement with me, I soon realized that they were simply offering what others have been for years.
Andy Beal, chief executive of Fortune Interactive, an online advertising company, said none of the products Google unveiled Wednesday is revolutionary. Many have been available from other companies, either for free or for a fee, he said.
“There wasn’t really anything today that was groundbreaking technology,” Beal said. “It was great to see Google offer them, but they have been offered by other companies for at least a couple years.”
Google Trends = Yahoo Buzz
Google Gadgets = Yahoo Widgets/Apple Dashboard
Google Co-op = Eurekster and many others
Google Notebook = Ask’s Mystuff