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Battle of the Tech Titans 81 81

garzpacho writes "BusinessWeek has a look at the big tech alliances that have been announced recently. From the article: 'In the war for dominance of the Net, May 25 turned out to be a big day for alliance making... The pairings highlight the importance the fast-growing, $12.5 billion Internet ad market and the race to get in front of as many Web surfers as possible. The alliance with eBay gives Yahoo a way to narrow a lead by Google in generating advertising sales. Paring with Dell, meantime, helps Google muscle in on Microsoft's dominance of the desktop. These alliances are predicated as a response to a looming threat...'"
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Battle of the Tech Titans

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  • by xxxJonBoyxxx (565205) on Friday May 26, 2006 @12:14PM (#15410321)
    "Paring with Dell, meantime, helps Google muscle in on Microsoft's dominance of the desktop."

    Um, it's a search toolbar, not an OS. I'm sure M$ still happily cashes Dell's checks for each copy of the OS that ships with nearly every model...

  • Sad really (Score:1, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday May 26, 2006 @12:17PM (#15410348)

    all this technology and potential and the best use business can think of is advertising ?

    here is the business model for all you startups

    1) ???
    2) sell advertising
    3) profit !!

  • by oostevo (736441) on Friday May 26, 2006 @12:18PM (#15410354) Homepage
    Where did writers of buisness publications get it into their heads that Google is trying to directly compete with Microsoft?

    "The Dell deal, on the other hand, gives Google prime real estate on desktops -- a space dominated by Microsoft (MSFT) ... [Microsoft] drew the ire of Google ... Google now is taking matters into its own hands"

    I very well could just be missing something, but I just don't see them competing in a direct, substantive way, at least just yet. I mean, Google makes most of its profits by online advertising, and Microsoft makes most of its profits through licensing of software.

    There's obviously some overlap in that some of their products overlap, but what's with all this war drum talk?

  • Dinosaurs mating? (Score:2, Insightful)

    by zenhkim (962487) on Friday May 26, 2006 @12:54PM (#15410658) Journal
    Am I the only one who's reminded of the gradual decline of the Big Mainframe Companies way back when (aka IBM and The Seven Dwarves)? To stave off eventual extinction, they kept merging with each other (read: business alliances) as their respective sales/earnings fell, again and again ad nauseum....

    But hey, the world is a big spinning carousel -- and here we are again.
  • The people who block ads account for maybe 5% of total web users. The market is enormous. Even if 90% of Slashdot readers actively block ads it's a drop in the bucket compared to the worldwide population of web users.
  • by raftpeople (844215) on Friday May 26, 2006 @02:58PM (#15411551)
    If Google did not make this deal, then they would probably be SOL as MS can make their search the default and over time Google would become as relevant as Netscape.

    I probably wouldn't word this as Google "muscling in" but rather as taking a critical step in defending against MS "muscling in."
  • by d_beep (153975) on Friday May 26, 2006 @03:23PM (#15411745)
    In the near future, OS will become meaningless. Ordinary Joe is not interested in running windows/linux.
    He needs to do the work quickly and efficiently.
    (Ever noticed the blank look on your (non geek) friend face when you passionately debate linux vs windows. ).

    Big companies are in a rush to provide services on the web. "Pay as you utilise" model seems to work.
    Whoever will serve the user faster and
    easier will get his/her dollars. Plus the added advantage of advertising revenue.

    I think that Dell + Google is a very stretegic move in enabling windows (XP, Vista) users to utilise google services. In addition, it may be a bit of "do now or die" thing also.
    M$ has the advantage of desktop real estate. If vista locks the user down with native msn searching capabilities, + windows live services + who knows what else, what will google do. Also, do you even like the google toolbar. It is "uglicious". I much prefer the ease of firefox google search box.
    Other than searching, what other services do google offer which are generating revenue. take the searching advantage from google and see how fragile it looks.

    Web based services will rule the next decade, and unfortunately it seems that m$ may take a big chunk of revenue.

    my exact 2 cents worth (canadian!!!! no less).

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