Sunday, February 03, 2008

Google says Microsoft-Yahoo deal would be trouble for the web

Google's only response to Microsoft's hostile approach for rival portal/search engine Yahoo! comes via a official blog post from David Drummond, senior vice president for corporate development and chief legal officer.

If anyone thought a deal between Microsoft and Yahoo! would be plain sailing... think again.

In fact, Google's comments are nothing short of hostile.

Drummond says:

Could Microsoft now attempt to exert the same sort of inappropriate and illegal influence over the Internet that it did with the PC? While the Internet rewards competitive innovation, Microsoft has frequently sought to establish proprietary monopolies - and then leverage its dominance into new, adjacent markets.

Could the acquisition of Yahoo! allow Microsoft - despite its legacy of serious legal and regulatory offenses - to extend unfair practices from browsers and operating systems to the Internet? In addition, Microsoft plus Yahoo! equals an overwhelming share of instant messaging and web email accounts.
The gloves are off.

Kevin May, editor, Travolution

1 comment:

Craig McGinty said...

Google must have said this with tongue firmly in cheek, it's not really about email and IM, surely search and online ads are the key and who dominates that???