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Microsoft Pounds The Stuffing Out Of Google

In This Issue:
1. Editor's Note: Microsoft Pounds The Stuffing Out Of Google
2. Today's Top Story
    - Gates Lets Loose More Details On Windows Vista, Next-Generation Office
    - Microsoft Says New Office Version Will Detect User Needs
3. Breaking News
    - Business And Industry Knowledge Will Be A Priority For IT Staffs In 2008
    - Tokyo Companies Sell Expressive Robot
    - Microsoft Updates Free Malware-Cleaning Tool
    - Gates Comments On Oracle-Siebel Deal
    - More Than 130 Internet Networks Still Out From Katrina
    - Yahoo Founder Explains China E-Mail Move
    - Hewlett-Packard Cutting 5,900 European Jobs
    - Siebel Acquisition May Signal Death Of Traditional CRM
    - Anti-Spyware Vendors Tag Ask Jeeves Software
    - Firefox Regains Market Share Against Internet Explorer
    - IT Leaders Spend More, Study Says
    - Salesforce.com: Oracle Put Siebel Investors 'Out Of Their Misery'
4. In Depth: Microsoft, Google, Yahoo In Portal Pugilism
5. Voice Of Authority: E-Marketing
6. White Papers: RFID
7. Get More Out Of InformationWeek
8. Manage Your Newsletter Subscription

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"My grandfather once told me that there are two kinds of people: those who work and those who take the credit. He told me to try to be in the first group; there was less competition there." -- Indira Gandhi


1. Editor's Note: Microsoft Pounds The Stuffing Out Of Google

I'm a lazy person. I work only as hard as I need to. When the news is breaking fast (or when the boss is looking), I hustle. When the news is quiet, and the boss is away, I kick back with my feet on the desk and enjoy the many pleasures of the Internet.

If anybody asks me what I'm doing, I say, research.

When asked what the Cats In Sinks site could possibly have to do with my job, I say: It's complicated. It's about the paradigm shift inherent in grid utility computing and virtualization. Then I explain at great length until they go away.

Capitalism works because most people are about as hardworking as I am, which is to say, not very. When companies face competition, there's pressure to improve their products and services and cut costs. When companies have no competition, they kick back, get lazy, and think about ways to continue to suck money from their locked-in customer base.

That's why it's good for all of us for Google to be pounding the stuffing out of Microsoft recently. And why it's good for all of us for Microsoft to be pounding Google right back--which Microsoft did yesterday, as it won a temporary injunction barring ex-executive Kai-Fu Lee from heading up Google's new research labs in China. Even better for us: Microsoft's victory is incomplete; Lee can continue to recruit for Google.

Predictably, because both sides got something in this decision, they're both claiming victory, but Google is talking through its hat. If you hire a guy to do something for you, and the judge says he can't do it, you've lost, and it's only a consolation prize if the judge says it's OK if he does something else. Even if that something else is important.

The whole Microsoft/Google/Lee affair is a wonderful yarn, of a type that doesn't come up often enough in the computer industry. As an editor, I usually end up writing headlines like this one (picking a one at random): "Anti-Spyware Vendors Tag Ask Jeeves Software." That's a perfectly fine headline, but it's not, Court Documents: Microsoft's Ballmer Vowed To 'Kill' Google In Obscenity-Laden, Chair-Throwing Rant." Now that's a headline; I was actually laughing out loud as I wrote it. I mean, he was swearing! And ranting! And throwing chairs! I loved that headline so much I came in on my day off to write it.

I love seeing these guys suffer. The more they suffer, the harder they work to keep me as a customer. So let their lives be miserable.

But not so miserable that Google has to give up its gourmet chefs. I'm cruel, but I'm not inhumane.

Mitch Wagner
mwagner@cmp.com
www.informationweek.com


2. Today's Top Story

Gates Lets Loose More Details On Windows Vista, Next-Generation Office
The next versions of Windows and Office will include enhancements that will drive PC and software upgrades unseen in many years, Microsoft executives say.

Related Story:
Microsoft Says New Office Version Will Detect User Needs

Company execs call Office 12 the "biggest" change in the suite since 1995; the idea is to make the software indispensable by giving customers upgrades they'll find really useful.


3. Breaking News

Business And Industry Knowledge Will Be A Priority For IT Staffs In 2008
Society for Information Management study finds that about one-third of IT staff positions will be outsourced within three years.

Tokyo Companies Sell Expressive Robot
The "enon" can escort guests, transport objects, and patrol for security.

Microsoft Updates Free Malware-Cleaning Tool
Microsoft's newest edition seeks and destroys even more worms, viruses, and Trojans.

Gates Comments On Oracle-Siebel Deal
Although Gates didn't see this one coming, he says it won't quickly change much about the CRM industry.

More Than 130 Internet Networks Still Out From Katrina
Two weeks after Hurricane Katrina slammed into the Gulf Coast, many local Internet networks remain offline, a report says. Major Internet networks, however, were disrupted only briefly.

Yahoo Founder Explains China E-Mail Move
In the case of a Chinese journalist jailed by authorities, the company was compelled by a "legal order" to share E-mail information, Yahoo's Jerry Yang told a business gathering.

Hewlett-Packard Cutting 5,900 European Jobs
The move is part of the plan announced in July to cut 14,500 positions worldwide and save almost $2 billion annually.

Siebel Acquisition May Signal Death Of Traditional CRM
Yet another market development is Salesforce.com's plan to expand beyond CRM to launch a marketplace for on-demand business apps called AppExchange. Developers can build components and then upload them to an open-source-like exchange, where other customers could pluck them for use in their own Salesforce.com environments.

Anti-Spyware Vendors Tag Ask Jeeves Software
Sunbelt Software and Facetime say that Ask Jeeves doesn't adequately inform users that the browser plug-ins are being installed.

Firefox Regains Market Share Against Internet Explorer
Firefox, Netscape, and Safari all gained market share at Internet Explorer's expense.

IT Leaders Spend More, Study Says
After years of spending less on IT, world-class organizations earmark more dollars for technology to improve corporate efficiency, a new study reveals.

Salesforce.com: Oracle Put Siebel Investors 'Out Of Their Misery'
Salesforce.com says that investors of rival Siebel Systems Inc. were put "out of their misery" with Oracle's planned acquisition of the software maker.

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4. In Depth: Portal Pugilism

Microsoft Wins Preliminary Injunction Against Google, Kai-Fu Lee
The injunction temporarily prevents Lee, a former Microsoft executive, from working for Google on products or services related to search and speech technologies.

Yahoo, No Longer Just an Aggregator, Hires War Correspondent
In a move signaling a major shift for the company, Yahoo News is sending a veteran war correspondent on a journey to cover every armed conflict in the world within a year.

Google Is Getting Under Everyone's Skin
As it scouts for talent, more than Microsoft is feeling the pinch.

VoIP Marks Latest Microsoft-Google Battleground
The battle over consumer VoIP is just the latest in a dizzying string of competitive product rollouts between Microsoft and Google.

Microsoft Looks To Developers To Catch Up To Google, Yahoo
Microsoft plans to release several APIs designed to help developers build applications that use MSN Search.


5. Voice Of Authority: E-Marketing

Consumers Google, Froogle, Skype And Buy On eBay--Who Needs Oracle's New CRM? Not Net-Savvy Marketers
Paul McDougall says: It's a bit ironic that Oracle's Larry Ellison signaled his intent to spend almost $6 billion on Siebel the very same day that eBay, in buying Skype for $2.6 billion, provided the latest evidence that CRM, along with lots of other "old IT" constructs, including telecom, is fast becoming irrelevant.


6. White Papers: RFID

RFID: Evolution Or Revolution?
Bridging the gap between bar-code legacy systems and RFID in the retail supply chain.


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