In comments made at the Gartner's Symposium/ITxpo and reported by News.com: Ballmer: Trusting Vista, battling Google,
the Microsoft CEO made a few comments about rival Google.
"I have never, honestly, thrown a chair in my life." Ballmer is referring to comments made in documents filed in the Kai-Fu Lee case.
Ballmer said that MS will use innovation to compete with Google.
From the article:
There are many things--who knows--Google may or may not do. If you read the papers, other than curing cancer, there are many things Google is going to do," Ballmer said.
Overall, an article worth reading if you have an interest in Microsoft.
More comments from Ballmer regarding search via this InfoWorld article:
With companies like Google and Yahoo Inc. developing a strong presence on the Internet based on the quality of their search results, Microsoft must also look to leapfrog those companies with new search capabilities and technologies, Ballmer said. "In general, 50 percent of searches do not lead to the desired outcome. Does anybody not believe that the search experience is going to be dramatically better 10 years from now? Does anybody deny it would be nice to search within the enterprise and outside the enterprise?" Ballmer asked the audience.
Btw, another Microsoftie you've heard of, Bill Gates, said in January that the search of today is nothing.
If we thought somebody was doing the best possible job that could ever be done in search and there wasn't some big revenue out there, maybe we wouldn't do it, but quite to the contrary. Whether it's understanding maps or virtual worlds or document analysis, today's search is nothing, and we've got the software technology that will drive it to those new levels, as well as being a very significant business.
Note to Mr. Ballmer: I've seen many sophisticated (some better than others) market ready search tools that allow the searcher to simultaneously search both intranet, extranet, fee-based databases, open web content, you name it USING A SINGLE INTERFACE while still being able (if needed) to get the power out of the database that some searchers might require. Isn't this called federated or metasearch? Trust me, this technology once very poor, has greatly improved over the past few years and is getting better all of the time. Toss in some personalization and database selection tools (which database(s) should I use) and away you go.