Microsoft pulls no punches in its ambition to be at the top of internet search .Currently, Microsoft is in third place, far behind floundering Yahoo and market leader Google. Despite the fact that Yahoo's stock price continues to plummet, the venerable firm is still ahead of Microsoft's search engine in market share.
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has maintained that without the purchase of Yahoo, Microsoft could get to where it wants to be in the search market, it would simply take more time. Ballmer said in a speech, “It’s going to take us a while. We've got a lot to do."
CNET News reports that Ballmer believes that Microsoft has to fundamentally change the experience and economics of search and redefine the category. Ballmer believes that Microsoft has taken steps in that direction.
Ballmer was asked about Microsoft's rumored Red Dog competitor to Amazon's EC2 cloud computing platform. Ballmer was mum on the topic and declined to offer any advice on antitrust topics to Google and Yahoo during their bid for the unified advertising platform the companies are moving forward with.
During the question and answer portion of the speech, Ballmer was asked about the Seinfeld-Gates ads. Ballmer says, "It was a two-week campaign but man did it get people talking for more than two weeks."
Ballmer also says that he believes in five to ten years all of the one billion cell phones sold in a year will be Smartphones and believes software and hardware will be sold separately in the future. He went on to say he believes RIM and Apple will have a nice business, but will be niche products.
quote: It has traditionally been that you can pick and choose OS and hardware, but that was true for MP3 players too
quote: everything Everywhere is more open then their locked in stuff. It's a business model, admittedly, but not one I like to partake in
quote: Is he nuts or am I missing something important here???
quote: While that will more than likely be true, that does not mean Apple, or any other software company, will not be able to adapt and profit off whatever the sales model of the future is.
quote: Don't be so sure, Apples worldwide sales for the Iphone [sic] are predicted to be 10 million by the end of the year.
quote: I will say that smartphones will outnumber the Iphone [sic] and Blackberry by a large amount in the next 10 years
quote: "In the second quarter of 2008, Apple's share of global smartphone sales to end users decreased to 2.8 per cent from 5.3 per cent in the first quarter of 2008." --Gartner
quote: . The current predictions by analysts is that Apple will sell between 5 and 8 million iPhones in the July-September quarter alone.
quote: This statement makes no sense. It is fact if there is even a reasonable number of Nokia or Motorola or Samsung, etc. smart phones are sold. Why? Because the iPhone and the Blackberry are smart phones.
quote: And do you even know why this is true? It's because Apple didn't predict that the first generation would continue to sell so well as the pending announcement on the iPhone 3G approached. Apple just didn't make enough. Apple (and all Apple resellers) ran out of them. There were just none for sale for weeks before the iPhone 3G shipped.
quote: there is just more competition, and more people buying smartphones.
quote: Who'd have thought?
quote: the graphics power on the iPhone is pathetic
quote: Not sure what comments of his you're disagreeing with
quote: the hardware is there, it's more powerful than the PSP
quote: I want Vista to Go Away.