Why Microsoft wants Google

by Volker Weber

I am no big fan of the Inquirer, but this story is interesting:

Here's an exercise for all to try. Search Google for Linux Windows That gets you about 14 million pages, even with the English preference or filter turned on. Now, got to msn.com and search the Microsoft way for the same two words. You get exactly 18 pages. The word censorship doesn't seem to do justice to what Microsoft has done to a msn user who wants to compare Linux with Windows, does it?

Here's another exercise. Search msn for Linux. Note that the third item returned is tech.msn.com and that the page no longer exists. The fourth item deals with this topic "Alternatives to Linux-Apache-MySQL-PHP Learn about the Microsoft alternatives and how to move to them from open source products."

The mind boggles at the amount of fear that Microsoft has that people who search the Internet for knowledge, answers and understanding.

Let's try this. Search MSN for Linux and then search Google for Linux. 365 hits vs. 65,100,000. MSN puts Amazon and eBay first, directly followed by Microsoft.

This is ridiculous.

Comments

Amazon, eBay and MS are featured sites.

windows:
google: 67,800,000,
MSN: 2372

linux:
google: 65,100,100,
MSN: 365

Should we turn into MS proponents now?

google:
"linux proponent": 119,
"windows proponent": 21

MSN:
"linux proponent": 48,
"windows proponent": 10

no comment ;-)

Rainer, 2003-11-16

However, MSN does say "linux -- More Useful Everyday" in the title-tag, which is nice :)

milov, 2003-11-17

MSN Search: linux windows
Results 16-30 of about 8654148 containing "linux windows" (it showed 1-15 as totoal results on the first page, but I clicked the next button and found more.)

Google Search: linux windows
Results 1 - 30 of about 8,340,000. Search took 0.16 seconds.

Yahoo! Search: linux windows
WEB RESULTS out of about 6,110,000

I think the article is blown out of proportion and the editor didn't do his homework before writing the piece.

MrBlank, 2003-11-18

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