Why Google finds a Microsoft-Yahoo combination "unnerving"

So, why should Google be nervous? The company has always relied on open standards for its growth; as long as its technology is accessible to everyone with an Internet connection, it has been able to outperform most of its competitors. Microsoft's monopoly on the desktop is about the only thing that could direct users away from the open standards that Google relies on. This monopoly position is unlikely to change in the next few years, and Microsoft might emerge with a whole suite of Yahoo services to send its users to.

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