Steve Ballmer allegedly said he's going to kill Google. You can hardly blame him: bright people have been leaving in droves (how many is a drove, anyway?), he's under assault by Linux, even people who use the inferior software Microsoft produces aren't happy about doing so, and he's old enough to know that even the mighty Microsoft can end up like Wang. Of course not all the departees are now working for Google, but just watching Google seemingly floating effortlessly above the mess Microsoft has to wallow in must irk him; high profile employees and lost court battles are just more aggravations to keep his blood pressure high.
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"Sometimes I wonder if we will looking back to these days, these months, as the time when Microsoft was still king".
Some Microsofties of course put a more positive spin. A Randy Holloway says Microsoft's job is not to beat Google, but to "thrill" its customers, and he asks us to recall the "the lines around the block for Windows 95".
Really, Randy, Windows 95? Just how thrilled are Windows 90-anything customers right about now? Thrilled about their daily battles with viruses and spyware? People aren't as dumb as they used to be: they know all this crapola is Microsoft's fault.
The most thrill Microsoft could give me is to fold up its tents and disappear. Failing that, I'll just wait for Google to drive them into insignificance.
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