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  • irishtimes.com - Posted: July 14, 2009 @ 8:07 am

    Microsoft, Google competition steps up a gear

    Ciara O'Brien

    Google and Microsoft are trampling all over each other’s territory lately. If it’s not Microsoft trying to creep up on Google with its search engine Bing, it’s Google offering word processing and other productivity software.

    This week, it seems the line between the two has got a whole lot fuzzier. Google is talking about operating systems, and Chrome netbooks. Microsoft is now talking about a web-based version of Office.

    Good thing? Bad thing? Competition is usually a good thing but we’ll have to wait and see how these new ventures pan out.

    • Eoin says:

      The only reason Google announced Chrome OS so early in its development is that MS are about to put some of their new Office software in the cloud. Merely running to the start line a little faster.

    • David says:

      Just used Internet Explorer for the first time in years and search defaulted to Bing. Google will remain my default for now however.

      I am always wary of proprietary approaches to the OS even if they aspire to be Open Source. For that reason I will be sticking with GNU/Linux and a browser I can control, that does not default to a corporations latest product or that acts as spyware on the user. That applies as much to Google as to Microsoft.

      In moral terms there are no differences between the two. Both are run for profit and social conscience and user rights will always lose out to the profit motive.