Ballmer: Microsoft Will Beat Google Eventually

During an interview yesterday morning, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer talked about his thoughts on Twitter, Yahoo! and Google. Ballmer shared a lot of interesting information (including the fact that he has a twitter account under an undisclosed username for personal use), but the most interesting part of the interview was the CEO's view on Google's number one position in the search market.

As you can imagine, Steve Ballmer gets asked about overtaking Google in the search space a lot. Ballmer yesterday said that it's a hard question to answer, stating that really, there's no such thing as a 'good' response.

"There's no good answer to this question. If you say yes you seem like you're arrogant and if you say no it looks like you have no faith. So the answer is yes, someday," Ballmer told Danny Sullivan from Search Engine Land.

Ballmer also said that Google's biggest asset is just that they were first. "The truth is, the number one thing Google benefits from is they did it right first," he said. Ballmer went on to say that search will be a bigger part of business for Microsoft going forward.

"I guarantee search is going to be a growing share of Microsoft's profits. That means it's first got to break even, then get bigger, but that's a growing share the way I do my math," he said. Ballmer said that Microsoft has also learned from Buzz, claiming that following the public backlash against Google's microblogging service, Redmond has been thinking more about piracy.

Read more about the interview on PCWorld.

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  • Herbert_HA
    "The truth is, the number one thing Google benefits from is they did it right first,"

    Maybe the same could be said of Microsoft Windows...
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  • dman3k
    Herbert_HA"The truth is, the number one thing Google benefits from is they did it right first,"Maybe the same could be said of Microsoft Windows...
    Totally different...

    Xerox did it right first. They just priced it too high.

    Apple than copied it and like Steve Jobs said, "Apple is not ashamed of copying great ideas."

    Then Steve Jobs was forced to resign and he started NeXT. Which was priced like $500 more than the competitors but the competition costs over $5000 so $500 more for a system with a nice development IDE wasn't too bad.

    Then comes Microsoft Windows. Bill Gates was smart enough to sell Windows to every PC manufacture cheaply. Before than OS's with GUI were locked to it's own PC manufacture, like Apple is still doing. When will they ever learn...

    So that's how Windows succeeded. Not because they were first in anything.
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    Microsoft= Big Brother
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  • Herbert_HA
    "The truth is, the number one thing Google benefits from is they did it right first,"

    Maybe the same could be said of Microsoft Windows...
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