“The search business has been formed. Microsoft doesn’t have a chance.” That is essentially what Yahoo! Chairman and Chief Executive Terry Semel was quoted as saying at a talk organized by the Newhouse communications school of Syracuse University. In light of last week’s stories questioning the possibility of a Yahoo!/Microsoft partnership to combat Google, he also stated that he had turned down an offer from Microsoft to buy a stake in Yahoo’s search business and that discussions about Bill Gates’ software group acquiring the company had not taken place.
MSN adCenter has been in beta since early October, allowing a select few to test the system before going live. Well, it is finally out of beta and with a new name to boot – Microsoft adCenter. Now anyone can open an account with a deposit of $5. This news coincides with the fact that adCenter ads are now running 100% at MSN Search & Windows Live.com.
Could Microsoft and Yahoo combine forces to fight Google’s dominance in the search arena? The Wall Street Journal seems to think so. In a story entitled “A Microsoft, Yahoo Tie-Up?”, the WSJ looks at the possibility of the two giants joining forces to take out Google as the dominant force in search.
Google vs. Microsoft. Microsoft vs. Google. The two giants have been at each other’s throats this week as they battle on various fronts. First, Amazon and A9 (owned by Amazon) are no longer carrying Google search results but rather results from Microsoft’s Live Windows. Secondly, Google is whining over the new Microsoft browser, claiming that users will be forced to use Microsoft’s search results and not have much choice in using others.
In the latest of acquisitions, Google has acquired Writely, a collaborative word processor that runs in a web browser. The acquisition was noted on both Writely’s main Web site and on a blog run by Writely co-founder Claudia Carpenter. Now with a word processor in its arsenal, Google continues to tread on ground that was once sacred to Microsoft.
Microsoft launched a new search service today called Windows Live Search. Chris Sherman does a pretty good write up on it at SearchDay. According to Adam Sohn, Microsoft’s Director of Global Sales & Marketing PR, both the new Windows Live Search and the existing MSN Search will be powered by the same underlying technology. Chris adds that Windows Live site will focus primarily on productivity, the MSN brand will continue to evolve as a media and content destination.
Jennifer Slegg at JenSense reported today that Microsoft has disclosed the long awaited name of their new contextual ad program, ContentAds, as well as a much narrower timeline for the program to launch. She found this information on the upcoming Mix06 conference web site within the session information.
That is what several Microsoft employees have been questioning and discussing on their blogs. Their feeling is that the browser is not receiving adequate attention from upper management, and that it reflects badly on Microsoft as a result.