Google and Microsoft to join?

Fortune on CNN is wondering if Google and Microsoft would join forces to go against Apple.

Sigh.

I’m tired of these “who will defend against whom?” articles.

I’d rather hear what each company will do for customers and what they’ll stand for. Not against.

That’s how we’ll build great value.

Look at my mobile post yesterday. I used Google on a Microsoft SmartPhone to make my life better. Value was created.

That’s where we should focus our energies in this industry. I see tons of camera phones. Not enough applications that use them. I see tons of RSS feeds and still haven’t seen an RSS aggregator that really makes me happy (have you tried Dave Winer’s NewsRiver yet? You can get a preview here. I’m trying it and like it.)

We need more partnerships in this industry, not more fighting. And where we fight needs to be done because you have a better idea, not cause you’re trying to tear someone else down.

58 thoughts on “Google and Microsoft to join?

  1. Robert, like you I’m tired of these whom will go against whom or whom will gang up with whom to go against whom articles/blogs/headlines/whatever. While business is about competition it does not necessarily have to be a zero sum game, something I fought about with a few of my economics professors while getting that degree. Every consumer has to perceive value in your product before you can convince them to buy/rnet that product (as you observed). This value can come as a result of competition with another vendor’s product, directly where there is no competitor, in cooperation with another vendor’s product in a known configuration for instance in a cooperative arrangement, or here’s the kicker, come about in a vendor unknown configuration which happens far more than most businesses know/will admit.

    The consumer electronics and tech sectors are not stable, instead it is a growing sector and there is a big, bad world out there that also wants these products as well. So, at this point, cut-throat competition to drive your competitors out of business just doesn’t make sense. You have to commit resources that are better spent elsewhere (R&D, consumer research, ads) in an attempt to either drive your competitors out of business or just outright buy them, which entails further costs. Merging companies isn’t exactly cheap.

    I don’t see the tech/CE sector stabilizing for quite a long time. As I said, there’s a lot of world out there. The $100 laptop and the massive popularity of cell phones in the developing world are only two indicators. Who would have thought that there would have been a market in renting cell phone time in the developing world. Yet a lot of women are making a lot of money (on their scale) in this market. Vendor unknown configuration :-).

  2. Robert, like you I’m tired of these whom will go against whom or whom will gang up with whom to go against whom articles/blogs/headlines/whatever. While business is about competition it does not necessarily have to be a zero sum game, something I fought about with a few of my economics professors while getting that degree. Every consumer has to perceive value in your product before you can convince them to buy/rnet that product (as you observed). This value can come as a result of competition with another vendor’s product, directly where there is no competitor, in cooperation with another vendor’s product in a known configuration for instance in a cooperative arrangement, or here’s the kicker, come about in a vendor unknown configuration which happens far more than most businesses know/will admit.

    The consumer electronics and tech sectors are not stable, instead it is a growing sector and there is a big, bad world out there that also wants these products as well. So, at this point, cut-throat competition to drive your competitors out of business just doesn’t make sense. You have to commit resources that are better spent elsewhere (R&D, consumer research, ads) in an attempt to either drive your competitors out of business or just outright buy them, which entails further costs. Merging companies isn’t exactly cheap.

    I don’t see the tech/CE sector stabilizing for quite a long time. As I said, there’s a lot of world out there. The $100 laptop and the massive popularity of cell phones in the developing world are only two indicators. Who would have thought that there would have been a market in renting cell phone time in the developing world. Yet a lot of women are making a lot of money (on their scale) in this market. Vendor unknown configuration :-).

  3. I loved searchFox but it’s shutting down and I am currently looking. I wish they would include how NewsRiver looks. I don’t want to sign up for a service and hate the UI and whatnot.

  4. I loved searchFox but it’s shutting down and I am currently looking. I wish they would include how NewsRiver looks. I don’t want to sign up for a service and hate the UI and whatnot.

  5. I’m tired of these “who will defend against whom?” articles.

    So why did you post this drivel?

    Oh, and the company, a convicted antitrust felon, whose CEO said – and I quote – “I will f*cking kill Google” while throwing a chair is supposed to be partnering with Google? Too funny.

    Methinks your MSFT stock is underwater and you’re hoping that magical GOOG stock magic rubs off on Microsoft.

    What a selfish, undeserved thing to hope for!

  6. I’m tired of these “who will defend against whom?” articles.

    So why did you post this drivel?

    Oh, and the company, a convicted antitrust felon, whose CEO said – and I quote – “I will f*cking kill Google” while throwing a chair is supposed to be partnering with Google? Too funny.

    Methinks your MSFT stock is underwater and you’re hoping that magical GOOG stock magic rubs off on Microsoft.

    What a selfish, undeserved thing to hope for!

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