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Google's first big goofle.

By Andrew Pollack on 10/05/2005 at 12:03 AM EDT

Google and Sun together. What exactly do they have in common? Nothing but a general dislike for Microsoft. Sun seems to go out of its way to back any play it can come up with that tosses mud toward Redmond, and Google's recent run-ins with the 'softies has made the press for weeks.

I've always admired the way Google's people go about things. I've felt a bit of kinship with their approach -- an approach that questions absolutely everything. The problem is now they've got too much money. That's no joke. They have too much cash laying around and the money people are driving their agenda of diverisification and growth. The wifi play is interesting, and maybe Google is the one company that has the right tie in to make that play work. The OpenOffice vs. Microsoft play,however, is a mistake along the lines of "the enemy of my enemy is my friend". Open Office is a great resource. Its professional grade power at little or no cost for most consumers. It is not, however, a growth or money making play. At best, its a wrench thrown toward the big Microsoft machine.

You don't get promoted by bad mouthing your peers. You don't sell your products by telling customers what's wrong with the competition. You don't grow a company by laying people off to make the books look better. Above all that, you don't make more money by spending your energy making problems for competitors.

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I think IBM should worry, not Microsoft....By Brian Benz on 10/06/2005 at 01:01 PM CDT
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