Is Google really the monopoly Steve Ballmer says it is, or was Ballmer throwing the verbal equivalent of a chair when he told Microsoft’s analyst conference Thursday that the search company was playing outside of the rules?
Given Microsoft’s long and storied history with antitrust investigations, for anyone from Redmond to come out and blow the monopoly whistle is an irony so thick you can hardly breathe to say it. But there was current Microsoft CEO Ballmer, answering a question about how hard it was to make money in the consumer cloud services space, when he made this remark:
Google does it. They have this incredible, amazing, dare I say monopoly that we are the only person left on the planet trying to compete with. We’re the only guys in the world trying.
Not only ironic, but a wee bit arrogant as well, considering that China’s Baidu and Russia’s Yandex are giving Google a run for their money in those markets and, according to SearchEngineLand. More recent results show that Bing is doing better than Yahoo in the U.S. search engine rankings, but not by much—not enough to justify Ballmer’s take as Microsoft being the lone defender against the Google juggernaut.
Source: Shared News