It took Microsoft a while to lose the battle as the on ramp to the internet.
The top post on Slashdot on 02 April 2003 was "Microsoft Wants to Take on Google"
"We do view Google more and more as a competitor. We believe that we can provide consumers with a better product and a better user experience. That's something that we're actively looking at doing,", says Bob Visse, director of marketing for Microsoft's MSN Internet services division, said.