Time to Kiss MSN Good-bye

by Preston Gralla

The Internet wars are over, and Microsoft lost. That's the clear message from the impending Google buyout of five percent of AOL for $1 billion.

Microsoft tried mightily to win the deal and couldn't do it. It was outmaneuvered by the nimbler Google. And perhaps the biggest blow of all was that one of the reasons AOL went with Google was that it believe that Google's technology was better, and had a better handle on where the Internet was headed, and how to best take advantage of it.

I don't expect that MSN will actually go away, or that Microsoft will give up its Internet plans. But the Google-AOL deal means that Microsoft will remain an Internet also-ran rather than a leader.

What are the implications? If I were Microsoft, I'd be worried about Office. Expect Google to launch a free Internet-available Office suite at some point, and it will be the first competition Microsoft has had for Office in recent memory.

Do you think Microsoft has lost the Internet wars?


2005-12-20 09:16:22
Google Office apps unlikely
I realy don't buy the idea of Google brining out an Office application suite, either desktop or web-based. This is a meme that was buzzing around a few months ago, but orriginated in a missunderstanding, and extreme extrapolation from a brief press release from Sun and Google.

In fact the most they seem to be suggesting is that OpenOffice.org might at some point in the future be integrated with a Google powered Web file store as a backend service. That sounds nice, plays to the strengths of both Sun (who already have the desktop suite) and Google (who's internet server resources are second to none) and may well damage Microsoft's putative efforts at a similar service.

With such a modest service I think Sun and Google will have a fight on their hands though. There is just far too much investment (in money, VBA apps and personal skills) in MS Office out there, and MS Office is frankly far too superior to OO.o for this to work out very well in anything but the very long haul. Given that, I'd expect the back-end service to be fairly generic and open API based so that it will integrate with many client applications, almost certainly including MS Office itself.

Imagine a Google Toolbar for MS Office. I can easily see this happening. If they make it co-incide closely with the Office 12 release, they'd have a decent chance of having it become a near-ubiquitous part of the Office 12 user experience.

Simon Hibbs

2005-12-21 13:40:56
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2005-12-21 13:57:52
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