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Microsoft is dead, long live Google

Tech veteran and essayist extraordinaire Paul Graham has posted a missive about how Microsoft's best days may be behind it now.

Not literally, of course. Microsoft is still doing fine, financially. But the company just doesn't command the fear and (grudging) respect that it did 10 years ago. It doesn't set the agenda for the marketplace like it did back in the days of old.

That gravitas is now held by Google, Graham argued. It is Google that is soaking up the best talent in the country (it has an insatiable need for premier mathematicians we hear). It is Google that the Silicon Valley venture capitalist-funded start-ups are courting.

Certainly Microsoft still has a lock on the computer desktop, but Google is quickly commanding the neurons that fire whenever some Web surfer needs a bit of information (How often do you consult Google in a given day?). And we've long argued that Google is potentially far more menacing that people realize, what with its rather megalomaniac goal of organizing the world's knowledge. Still, I'm just not sure in what bizarro universe Graham lives where the Apple is the dominant laptop.

Tip o' the hat to Presto Vivace for pointing us to this essay. --Posted by Joab Jackson

Posted by Joab Jackson on May 23, 2007 at 9:39 AM


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