Friday, May 22, 2009

Micro$oft Makes Mistake, Google Now Front-Runner

Our sources at The Review have informed us that, in the battle to replace Blitz, Microsoft may have made a critical error: they want to charge the College 2.5-3 million dollars to complete the changeover.


Google, however, will do it for free.

As a result, the College is leaning heavily, heavily towards Google now, and is most likely going to pick them.

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

Wonder if they asked former chairman Neukom for pricing advice?

Google is the better choice for other reasons as well.

Anonymous said...

Fantastic - gmail is a really quality product. I think the fact that every single recent alum I know picked Gmail as their post-blitz mail application of choice speaks volumes about the suitability of Gmail for the college and post-college set.

Anonymous said...

Not to mention all the other Gmail-related apps....

Anonymous said...

Can Micro$oft be any dumber? I can't remember the last time that company made a smart move.

Smart Move in the Distant Past said...

It made one smart move, when Wm. Gates SENIOR, Esq., advised his son on how to deal with IBM attorneys in the early 80's. They retained the rights to MS DOS to run on non-IBM PC's. IBM thought this had little value, thinking the value was in their hardware. Yet IBM's stamp of approval made this particular OS the software of choice for all (non-Apple) PC's, establishing its value over other OS's like Kildall's GEM. The MS DOS source was not even created by MS; Gates' partner Paul Allen reportedly "acquired" it on punch tape by questionable means.

The original OS was filched. Windows and the mouse came from Apple. Spreedsheets from Dan Fylstra and VisiCalc. Web browsers from Netscape. Can anyone please name one piece of software where the core innovation grew out of M$?

Anonymous said...

Oh yes. And back in the early days of unreliable software, crashes were frequent. MS made a big deal about their multi-tasking, so that if one application crashed, others would keep on running. Only one problem... the operating system itself crashed more than the 3rd-party apps.

Anonymous said...

microsoft did not steal MS DOS, it was acquired from Rod Brock of Seattle Computer for $75k. nobody cares about who innovated what, just who brought it to the market. microsoft has invented quite a few things, but ultimately the reason it was so successful was largely related to luck and business acumen.

Anonymous said...

"nobody cares about who innovated what, just who brought it to the market."

Why all the MS PR trying to position the company as an innovator and not a marketeer?

Anonymous said...

Hilarious, and fully consistent with MS's and Google's reputations.

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