Microsoft C.E.O. Says Catching Google Is Goal

NY Times writes: Microsoft Corp Chief Executive Steve Ballmer pledged on Thursday the company would gain share against Google Inc in online advertising and Web searching, even if it's his "last breath" at the company.

Speaking at Microsoft's MIX08 online technology conference in Las Vegas, Ballmer reiterated the justifications for its$41.2 billion unsolicited offer for Yahoo Inc, saying the deal would accelerate its efforts to build a competitor to Google.

"So it may be my last breath at Microsoft, but we're going to be there, working away, building share," said Ballmer during a bantering question-and-answer session with Guy Kawasaki, a venture capitalist and one of the first employees at Apple Inc.

"In online, yeah, it's Google, Google, Google, and we're in the game. We're just the little engine that could," joked Ballmer, whose company is the world's largest software maker


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eagle213973d ago

C'mon, take the money and make your own platform. The whole "we can buy our way" is played out. Every other company is innovating to break market share plateaus. How much money do you need to convince yourself it's time to internally invest? Buy some talent while your at