Microsoft and Yahoo are on the other side of the ring, weighing in at 700 pounds each with a height of 7 feet for Microsoft and 5"9' for Yahoo.
This is how it really is behind these digital giants, if they were boxers.. You'd see them at each other's throats!
Just five years ago, Microsoft Corp. was considered the Big Bad Wolf of the media business.
Armed with a stockpile of cash and the Windows operating system that dominates office computing, Bill Gates' company was expected to huff and puff its way into America's living rooms as well, with video game consoles, home networking systems and TV set-top boxes.
But today, there's a different wolf at the door. Although Microsoft is still flush with $40 billion in cash, it is Google Inc. that the media industry fears most. So intense is Google-fueled paranoia, in fact, that industry watchers believe the Internet search giant could drive profound changes in the media, entertainment and technology landscape in 2006.
Taken from this article, which will tell you why in details...
To sum it up, though:
Google is making new and cheap PCs that will be sure to rock the world of Microsoft blind and have Bill Gates and crew look for other ways to regain its top position in the digital market. They're already doing ridiculous things, albeit smart ones.. Microsoft trying to buy yahoo for 80 billion (more than three quarters of its original cost) and Yahoo declined saying that the price wasn't enough. Google is offering loads of free stuff, gmail for one! 2 gegabytes of free space, 2 GB, for free! Msn hotmail only offers as much as 250 MB, and that's only if you were a U.S. resident.
I wonder who will win in the long run.
Anyway, it's doing us consumers real good.. The more competition, the cheaper products will be in order to let consumers want to buy their brand.
Breaking the Chains:
"One is left with the horrible feeling now that war settles nothing; that to win a war is as disastrous as to lose one."